One thing I've learned about pregnancy is the importance of food. My first trimester was not-so-fun when it came to this department, so I was quite vigilant of what I was coming into contact with (and what made meal times a little easier). The snacks needed to serve three purposes for me. They needed to #1 fill me up and keep me full, #2 be high in protein and low in trans fats and sugar and #3 have nutritional value. So, here is my attempt at pregnancy friendly snacks that have made baby and mama happy.
Packed with protein and calcium, sweetened with actual fruit (instead of high fructose corn syrup).
I have been addicted to fresh fruit during this pregnancy. It is a beautiful source of vitamin c and fiber.
Very fulfilling and full of fiber, protein and "good" fats. My favorite way to prepare oatmeal is with a smidge of melted butter, brown sugar and almond milk.
|Kristin's Irish Oatmeal|
Tortilla Chips and Fresh Salsa
Fresh Salsa is nothing but vegetables and lemon juice.
|Seth's Fresh Salsa|
Nuts (like almonds and walnuts)
Fiber, Protein, and Omega-3s. A handful of these are a great snack.
Cheese and [Whole Wheat] Crackers
Yuuum! Salty things really helped me out when I was in my first trimester. Crackers such as Triscuits and Wheat Thins had the perfect amount of salt.
Starches expand in the stomach and can make you feel full quickly. When you're nauseous and hungry, every bite counts.
|Russet and Sweet Potatoes|
GranolaOats - good for the heart and immune system.
Walnuts - rich in Omega-3s.
Wheat germ - loaded with folic acid and vitamin E.
|Emily's Roasted Granola|
Now, one of my favorite pregnancy snacks ever...Boston Creme Donuts from Dunkin Donuts. I can't lie, I LOVE eating these :)
|via Dunkin Donuts|