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Sneaking snacks…

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Pregnancy is the perfect time to really think about your nutrition more than before. In previous years, we’ve told women that they were eating for two. This lead to many women consuming way too many calories, not to mention lots of junk food. This put a strain on their health and that of their babies.

Now research has shown that pregnant moms need about 1 extra snack per day to help grow a healthy baby. That works out to about 300 extra calories per day. The hard part is deciding how to spend those calories every day. Obviously they can be used to eat a candy bar or…WAY better for you and your growing baby… choose snacks that pack a nutritional punch.

Protein is a perfect choice for a snack because it is the building block for every cell. It also helps many moms when they are feeling fatigued or even nauseated.  Here are some of my favorite snack combinations:

  • Crackers and cheese. This is a great way to get some protein and fiber. Try  lots of different wholegrain   crackers, even trying some of the newer version of old favorites that have less fat. 2% and low fat cheeses are a great choice! Just remember that you want your cheese to say “Pasteurized” on it.
  • Nuts. A bag full of nuts is always handy to have around and it does not require preparation or refrigeration. Consider bringing some roasted almonds to your next appointment. A healthy snack while you wait! These are great protein powerhouses.
  • Fresh fruit. Every morning you could grab an extra piece of fruit for your desk. An apple, banana or orange requires very little thought or preparation. I am fond of the Clementine oranges.  Yogurt is another great snack with protein…it also has some great live cultures that keep your digestive system on track!.
  • Hard boiled eggs. These are compact snacks to carry with you, but do require a fridge. If you like these, they can be an easy way to increase your protein. Some moms I know also swear by their ability to quell morning sickness.
  • Dips and sticks. Carrot sticks and celery are great. But today we often use broccoli and other veggies with dips. Try bean dips, humus and other fun sauces on your vegetables

Remember to incorporate the powerhouse of protein as a healthy pregnancy snack!

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Eat well…baby is counting on it!

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