Having lots of healthy snack options in the house is so important during pregnancy! If you are anything like me, your appetite will increase during the second and third trimesters. Here are my favorite snack ideas that are so good for you and baby!
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When I sat down to write this post, I realized I haven’t done much of a pregnancy update since our gender reveal party. So let’s change that real quick before we get to these healthy pregnancy snack ideas!
I just hit 30 weeks (can you believe it?). Sometimes I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever, and other times it feels like it is flying by. We still have soooo much to do before our little William arrives, like finish our birthing classes, finish the nursery, take maternity pictures… it feels like a lot to accomplish in the next 10-ish weeks.
Lately I’ve been feeling pretty good. I got a lot of my energy back in the second trimester and so far it’s sticking around for the third. I’ve been having a lot of back pain ever since I started showing, but I can’t complain too much if that’s been one of the worst things about being pregnant. Last month my husband and I took a babymoon trip to North Carolina. It was such a good idea to get away and spend time together before we add another member to our family!
12 weeks // 16 weeks // 27 weeks
Now let’s talk about pregnancy snacks. We are having our baby through a birthing center and taking Bradley Method classes, both of which focus a lot on nutrition during pregnancy. My husband and I have been eating relatively healthy for the past few years, but I’ve been even more conscious of it while pregnant.
Of course, I still get those cravings and indulge here and there! But I try to make sure I’m eating well each day and add in a special treat here and there. Ever since the second trimester I’ve been SO hungry all the time. Having healthy snacks in the house is really important for me. I like to have lots of different options that help me get enough protein, vitamins and calcium.
#1 Cheese Sticks:
Cheese sticks make a super quick snack that you can grab whenever you are feeling hungry. They are high in calcium and protein which is important for baby’s growth.
#2 Hard Boiled Eggs:
Hard Boiled Eggs are another way to get extra protein. I like to make 6 at a time, peel them, and keep them in the fridge to snack on for a couple of days. Having them already cooked and peeled makes it so much easier!
Popsicles are a great way to cool off during the summer! You can add protein by using chia seeds or greek yogurt. Use almond milk to add some calcium, too. My favorite version are these easy Mixed Berry Popsicles.
#4 Apples and Almond Butter:
Slice up an apple and dip it in almond butter for a sweet and filling snack. Almond butter is a great source of healthy fats and lots of other nutrients. Apples are high in fiber and Vitamin C which makes this snack a winning combo.
#5 Grapefruits or Oranges:
Grapefruits and oranges are high in Vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron. It’s also needed for baby’s skin and bones. This snack is great for packing to bring to work.
#6 Energy Bites:
Here’s another homemade snack that is great for preggo mamas! Energy Bites like these Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate ones are easy to make in bulk. They are good for on-the-go snacking or just grabbing from the fridge when you are hungry.
#7 Homemade Trail Mix:
Store bought trail mix is usually packed with sugar, so I like to make my own. Combine your favorites like dried fruit (try to find some without added sugar), nuts, coconut, dark chocolate, etc.
#8 Snack Bars:
Snack bars are great to keep in the house or to take with you on the go. I’ve been trying to avoid artificial sweeteners and artificial flavors as much as possible during pregnancy, so it can be hard to find a good snack bar. One of my favorites are KIND Bars (you can stock up on them for cheap on Amazon!).
#9 Protein Shakes:
I add in a protein shake if I haven’t gotten enough protein that day. This is another one that can be tough to find a good brand, since so many are filled with artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors and other weird ingredients that might not be great for baby. I use this Bodylogix Natural Whey Protein. I like to make my shakes with almond milk to get more calcium, too.
Smoothies make it easy to hide all sorts of healthy foods into a sweet and delicious drink. I like to add some spinach leaves to mine to make sure I’m getting enough greens. You can also add oats, chia seeds or greek yogurt to make the smoothie more filling and higher in protein. One of my favorites lately is this Strawberry Almond Milk Smoothie.
What are some of your favorite pregnancy snacks?