Pregnancy nutrition bars can satisfy your craving for something sweet and crunchy and your need for nutrients despite a manic schedule.
Pregnancy nutrition bars can satisfy your craving for something sweet and crunchy and your need for nutrients despite a manic schedule. Be aware that these bars often contain 100 percent (or more) of the Daily Value for certain vitamins and minerals, so you might get too much by eating them. “There are concerns about toxicity with some nutrients,” says Roberta Anding, M.S., R.D., an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman. The main ones to watch out for are vitamins A and D, fluoride and selenium, which, in excess, can cause problems varying in severity from mottled teeth to birth defects. You may consider substituting one of these bars for your daily prenatal vitamin, particularly if you have trouble stomaching large amounts of nutrients such as iron and magnesium. Before you make this substitute, show your doctor the label to make sure you’re not overdoing it.
Vital Stats Notable Nutrients Taste Belly Bar Baby Needs Chocolate Calories = 170 Fat = 6 g Carbohydrate = 22 g Protein = 8 g Fiber = 2 g All-natural ingredients; contains 100% of the Daily Value (DV) for iron and 200% of the DV for folate; also contains 60 mg of omega-3s Crunchy texture with a subtle chocolate flavor Bright Beginnings Chocolate Nut Calories = 150 Fat = 4.5 g Carbohydrate = 24 g Protein = 4 g Fiber = 2.5 g Designed to replace a prenatal vitamin; contains 100% or more of the DV for most pregnancy nutrients; includes 5 g of fiber Very soft; has a sweet chocolaty taste, similar to a candy bar Ensure Healthy Mom Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Calories = 150 Fat = 3 g Carbohydrate = 26 g Protein = 5 g Fiber = 1 g Nutrients range from 10% to 50% of the DV; one serving (two bars) has 5 g of protein, 25% of the DV for calcium and 15% of the DV for folate Crunchy texture with chocolate chips to satisfy your cravings Mommy Munchies Chocolate Mint Calories = 180 Fat = 7 g Carbohydrate = 23 g Protein = 12 g Fiber = 5 g All-natural ingredients; contains 50% of the DV for calcium, 45% for magnesium and 90% for iron; two bars per day replace a prenatal vitamin A classic flavor mix with a sweet icing and cakelike consistency Oh Mama! Yogurt Honey Calories = 180 Fat = 5 g Carbohydrate = 27 g Protein = 9 g Fiber = 3 g Contains 50% of the DV level for calcium and iron; and has the added benefit of DHA, which may boost baby’s brain development A smooth, dense texture and not-too-sweet mix of yogurt and honey flavors