Meeting all your nutritional needs during pregnancy can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. These quick snacks help you fulfill your pregnancy requirements for important nutrients such as calcium, folic acid, protein, iron and fiber. A light nibble between meals will help keep your energy, plus help quell nausea.
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
A dollop of yogurt and the sweet crunch of granola give this fruit salad a great mix of texture and flavor.
The snacks listed here contain mom and baby-healthy nutrients such as calcium, fiber, protein; disease-fighting antioxidants; good fats; and even chocolate! While most doctors agree you don't need to consume extra calories during your first trimester, the average woman should be augmenting her total daily caloric intake during the second trimester and third trimester by about 300 calories. Learn more about healthy weight gain during pregnancy.