List of healthy snacks for pregnant women

healthy snacks during pregnancy

Do you feel like munching something every 2-3 hours after now that you are pregnant? Do you feel like you’re full a minute and starving the next minute? If that’s the case, there’s nothing to worry; this is the part and parcel of pregnancy! The good news here is that you can, in fact, use this to your advantage to nourish your growing baby and your body. Just make sure that while it’s okay to give in to your cravings, it is also important to make sure that you balance your diet with the right proportion of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

For a healthy and a smooth-sailing pregnancy, it is very necessary to eat as much healthy food as possible. A nutritious choice of healthy snacks during pregnancy gains importance to provide adequate nourishment to the developing baby.

By the time the third trimester arrives, you won’t be too hungry to eat too much at one stretch. That’s why, instead of having few heavy meals, healthy snacks during pregnancy become increasingly important. Avoid oily foods and processed snacks. Here we list for you some of our top picks for healthy snacks.

List of healthy snacks for pregnant women

Healthy food doesn’t have to boring. Perk up your snack time by trying these healthy snacks for pregnant women that will sate your hunger pangs and cravings:

  • Bhel: you can prepare this in many forms and still it will be a healthy snack, irrespective of the base. The base of the bhel can be murmura (puffed rice), boiled sweet corn, boiled chana, fresh sprouts and so on. Add a few chopped vegetables like tomato, onion, cucumber with a dash of salt, chaat masala, and a few drops of lemon juice.
  • Poha: a healthy snack made of poha (beaten rice), cooked with onion and potatoes. Eat with a generous sprinkling of coriander, fresh coconut and a dash of lemon juice.
  • Fruits: a generous mix of chopped fruits, some dry fruits added for crunchiness make quite a filling snack. You can also carry this snack for the road, provided the fruits you use long-lasting fruits in the mix.
  • Breads: Breadsticks, buns, cheese straws make excellent snacks, and can be made tastier with creative toppings.
  • Pasta: Eaten with white sauce or red sauce and with many vegetables, pasta is an excellent snack if you are looking for something more filling. For the white sauce, use whole wheat flour instead of maida, to make it easier to digest.
  • Sandwiches: Try fillings such as eggs, paneer, sprouts, and sliced vegetables in the sandwiches to fill your tummy for a longer time. Use multi-grain or brown bread instead of white bread.
  • Parathas: Try either plain parathas or parathas stuffed with your choicest fillings such as chicken, paneer, steamed vegetables. Pair them with a raita or just plain curds to enhance the taste.
  • Soups: Preferably use fresh vegetables for soups instead of readymade ones as the latter contain a lot of preservatives which are best avoided.
  • Steamed foods such as idli, dhokla, upma: Add vegetables to the mix to make it more healthy and filling.

If you consume healthful snacks throughout the day, supplying the essential nutrients to your growing baby and the body that nourishes life becomes that much easier. Snacking can help you avoid bloating if break up your meals into 5 small meals and 2-3 snacks, rather than 3 heavy meals. Whether you call them big snacks or mini-meals, you must make sure that they are ‘maxi’ in nutrition!