These easy munchies boost your energy and provide important nutrients for you and your baby.
Power snacking—eating foods that are high in nutrition—is one of the best ways to satisfy your hunger and alleviate pregnancy-related nausea. What’s more, mini-meals that contain approximately 150 calories can help keep you energized throughout the day and relieve heartburn, says Kim Galeaz, R.D., a nutritionist in Indianapolis. So instead of reaching for a candy bar the next time you need to munch between meals, try one of these tasty, healthful snacks.
Mock Cherry Cannoli
>>power punch: 349 mg calcium
Blend 1/3 cup nonfat ricotta cheese with 2 tablespoons dried cherries, 1 1/2 teaspoons honey and 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract. Spoon mixture into a small ice-cream cone. serves 1. serving size: 1 cone. 186 calories.
>>power punch: 283 mg calcium
Place 1 10-inch whole-wheat tortilla in a nonstick skillet over low heat. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded cheese. Cover and cook for 1 1/2 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Fold tortilla in half, cut into 4 wedges and serve with salsa. serves 2. serving size:
2 wedges with 1/4 cup salsa. 163 calories.
Turkey-Hoisin Lettuce Rolls
>>power punch: 12 g protein
Lay out 2 large butter-lettuce leaves. Place a 1-ounce slice of turkey on each leaf. Spread each slice of turkey with 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce. Shred half of a carrot and sprinkle equal portions over both slices of turkey. Roll up each lettuce leaf like a spring roll and enjoy. serves 1. serving size: 2 rolls. 135 calories.
Asian Bean Dip
>>power punch: 7.5 g protein
In a food processor, combine 1 15-ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained; 3 tablespoons orange juice; 1 1/2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter; 1 tablespoon lime juice; 1 teaspoon chili paste; and 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt. Whip until smooth and serve with cucumber spears. serves 4. serving size: 1/3 cup dip and 6 4-inch cucumber spears. 135 calories.
Blueberries in Lemon-Maple Yogurt
>>power punch: 265 mg calcium
Combine 3/4 cup blueberries with 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt, 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind and 1/2 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice. serves 1. serving size: 1 cup. 195 calories.
>>power punch: 5.5 g fiber
Combine 1 medium tomato, chopped, with 1/4 cup canned white beans, rinsed and drained; 2 basil leaves, torn; 1 teaspoon grated Romano cheese; 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar; 2 small garlic cloves, minced; and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon half of the mixture onto 2 slices of toasted whole-wheat baguette. Refrigerate remaining half for later. serves 2. serving size: 1/3 cup bean mixture and 2 1/4-inch-thick slices whole-wheat baguette. 136 calories.