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Healthy Pregnancy snacks…

Taking care of yourself is one of the best gifts you can give that baby in your beautiful belly.

But it’s hard to eat right when facing a snack attack — they hit at odd times (or all the time) and, if you’re not careful, can lead to packing on some serious poundage.

And even when you do plan ahead, the same old, same old snacks get to be…well…old.

To the rescue: new spins on healthy pregnancy snacks that are nutrient-dense to leave you satisfied, energized, and nausea-free without overloading you on fat or calories.

Plus, these two easy-to-make tidbits deliver the good stuff your baby-to-be needs to grow.

 

Smoothies….

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Easy to prepare if you have a blender.  Yogurt’s crammed with calcium (it has more than milk), which helps a baby’s developing bones, teeth, and muscles.

Try this recipe:

I cup of yogurt (unsweetened or any flavor)

1 cup of frozen fruit (try peaches or mango for a change)

1/2 c of orange juice

a bit of honey….you don’t NEED to use it.

Whirl in blender and enjoy!    Try throwing in a handful of spinach or kale…make it green!

 

Carrot, walnut and raisin salad…

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Try this….

In a large bowl, whisk together a quarter cup of low-fat mayonnaise, two tablespoons of honey, and a quarter cup low-fat milk. Stir in four cups shredded carrots, three-quarter cup of raisins, and a third of a cup of chopped walnuts, and toss to combine.

Why it’s a healthy pregnancy snack:Carrots are rich in vitamins C and A, which help develop your baby’s bones, teeth, and eyes. They’re also a great source of vitamin B6, which can boost your baby’s growing brain and nervous system.

For you, they’ll help ease queasiness; and the raisins are fiber- and iron-filled, so they’re helpful with digestion and building blood cells. As for the walnuts, they contain omega-3 fatty acids, which will aid your baby’s brain and eye development while reducing your risk of postpartum depression.

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