8 Smart Snacks for Pregnancy
During your pregnancy, eating healthy snacks between light meals keeps your blood sugar even and your hunger at bay. The goal is to eat snacks that are high in complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. At the same time, you want to avoid simple carbohydrates, trans fats, saturated fats (which are the unhealthy sort), and sugar.
Cut your fruits and veggies the night before, and keep them refrigerated in small plastic bags so that you can grab them and go!
Carbohydrates provide you with the energy you need for your daily life. Simple carbohydrates, like sugar, are refined, quickly digested, and have fewer nutrients than other carbohydrates. You should stay away from simple carbohydrates, which include sweets like candy, ice cream, and cookies.
On the other hand, complex carbohydrates are high-fiber, high-nutrient foods that are less refined than simple carbohydrates. They tend to be less fattening and very satisfying because they take longer to digest. So reach for vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains when you snack.
Trans fats and saturated fats are “bad fats” which could lead to heart disease and high cholesterol. Trans fats may be present in commercially packaged and commercially fried foods like french fries, potato chips, and microwave popcorn. Check your labels carefully. Saturated fats are found in animal products like dairy and meat, as well as some plant foods such as coconut oil. Limit foods that are high in saturated fats.
The “good fats” are monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats which lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. They are found in foods like nuts, avocados, salmon, fish oil, and olive oil.