8 Smart Snacks for Pregnancy

Eating, canon 1Ds mark IIIDuring 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.

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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.

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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.


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8 Smart Snacks for Pregnancy

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  1. sheenaholman says:

    I have been so hungry this pregnancy. I feel as if I am always eating.

  2. laciejay says:

    Great article. I love learning the about the good things to eat it is kind of hard now a days when going to the store to not get sucked into the stuff that is bad for you.

  3. Monica says:

    Next Time I Go To The Store These Snacks WILL Be Getting Bought..! Yogurt Is Absolutely DELICIOUS Right Now..!

  4. Happymommyy says:

    I sooo love all of these snacks

  5. renee200823 says:

    i eat this stuff! =] and sometimes I cheat with a piece of chocolate, shhhh!

  6. Janice says:

    Eat well, was my goal! and to loose the sweets and other empty calories.

  7. Janice says:

    To benefit from the foods you eat during pregnancy, could be discussed with a nutritionist. I would if I had it to do again.

  8. verochka31 says:

    great tips! very helpful. i’m doing well on my own but extra will be more helpfull.

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  10. I try to eat as healthy as I can. Sometimes I do have a piece of candy or a cup of ice cream. I am worried I will gain too much weight with my pregnancy. Still 10 weeks to go. =[

  11. AmyC says:

    I eat fairly healthy for the most part, but it did help that I couldn’t eat anything sweet or sugary for the first 2 trimesters. Everything tasted extra sweet to me (and I mean everything) so sugary thing were overpoweringly sweet

  12. Soontobe2 says:

    I love this.
    With my first pregnancy I gained 60 lbs. I was huge all over. I didn’t eat any differently than I did before I got pregnant, so I was very confused being that is not generally how it worked with the ladies in my family.
    It was only after the baby was born, and ready to eat some solids, that I was planning out making her foods. While researching nutrients and so forth I realized where I went wrong with my nutrients during pregnancy.
    We didn’t have a great budget. So the diet basically pretained a different veriety of Hamburger Helper. spagetti and random chicken night. And I could eat a hole box of HH by myself before I got pregnant.
    Needless to say this time I am taking a completly different aproach. First thing, not getting sucked into the HH is inexpensive lets get that for dinner mode. Along with some other healthier changes.
    This doesn’t mean that I wouldn’t indulge but I’m keeping it much healthier than the last time.

  13. ChrisS says:

    Same here. We can’t stop what we crave for.

  14. ChrisS says:

    Eating healthy helps develop baby’s growth and immune system.

  15. Julie says:

    I think it’s important to try to eat healthy, but screw this… I crave stuff and I am going to eat it. I eat healthy too all the stuff I am supposed to and take my vitamins, but when I want a freaking reeses cup there is nothing going to stop me.

  16. I try and eat healthy but I crave candy like rasberry airheads and bubblegum and I have been trying to find other things that are healthy for me and baby that taste the same but I don’t think anything can taste like candy does…lol. does anyone have an opinion or advice that they could spare?

  17. Karen says:

    I have the problem of feeling like I am starving then I eat and half hour later I am starving again. When I get that starving feeling, if I don’t eat quickly I get very nausiated. Heatlhy snacks are definitely a priority…it’s hard at work. Good advice about getting organized the night before.

  18. marichinno says:

    I am having a hard time eating veggies but eating fruits I have no problem.

  19. Lisa says:

    I’m the same way. I don’t understand it sometimes.

  20. marylove says:

    How funny is it that I was sitting here reading a few articles and came across this one while I was mowing down on Cheetos!!! lol Seeing the title, I put them away and decided to get something a little more healthy! lol

  21. Cathy says:

    I feel full too quick, I can never really finish a meal before I’m full after a couple of bites.

  22. Ashley says:

    my problem is i hardly feel hungry and cant keep healthy food down

  23. Mary Mullard says:

    i always feel hungry too


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