8 Tastiest Protein-Packed Snacks for Pregnancy

Pregnant women need more protein than anyone. When your belly's grumbling, reach for one of these protein-rich snacks to sate your hunger & keep baby growing strong.

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Whole-Wheat Pita with Greek Yogurt and Peanut Dukkah

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Whole-Wheat Pita with Greek Yogurt and Peanut Dukkah

Between everything on your normal to-do list and getting ready for your sweetie's debut, you've got a lot going on and need energy to fuel you throughout the day. Meanwhile, the Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women get about 71 grams of protein per day (that's 25 grams more than the average non-pregnant woman). Protein-packed snacks help keep hunger at bay while also delivering beaucoup nutrients to you and your wee one. Next time that tummy growls, reach for one of these smart picks.

Whole-Wheat Pita with Greek Yogurt and Peanut Dukkah

This triple threat gives you heart-healthy fiber, a solid amount of calcium and double-dose protein from the Greek yogurt and nut-based African condiment dukkah. Store-bought options can be high in sodium, so try DIYing it and switching hazelnuts for the ubiquitous (and uber-healthy) peanut in this recipe, which by itself delivers 1 gram of protein per serving.

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Cottage Cheese with Sliced Veggies

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Cottage Cheese with Sliced Veggies

If you're so over yogurt, it might be time to revisit this dairy-aisle friend. In a single 5-ounce serving, you'll get up to 20 grams of protein along with around 125 milligrams of bone-strengthening calcium. Look for a variety with minimal sodium to keep your recommended daily intake in check, and pair it with your favorite veggie or salad for an extra nutritional boost.

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Hard-Boiled Egg Toast

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Hard-Boiled Egg Toast

Think avocado has the toast market cornered? Think again. Hard-boil a few eggs at the start of the week, then mash them up and slather them on some high-fiber whole-grain toast when hunger pangs strike. One egg gives you vitamins D and B12 and 6 grams of protein.

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Microwave Nachos

Lucy Schaeffer

Microwave Nachos

We're not talking the gas-station or movie variety. Make these at home by melting 1/4 cup of skim shredded cheddar cheese over 10 whole-grain tortilla chips and sprinkling with your fave veggie toppings to get around 5 grams of protein in one not-so-guilty snack.

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Tuna Salad with Whole-Grain Crackers

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Tuna Salad with Whole-Grain Crackers

Back in the day, most docs warned preggo patients to stay away from fish; recent findings have turned that around and support expectant women eating up to 12 ounces of low-mercury seafood per week. Canned light tuna falls into that category, with 1/3 cup giving you 10-plus grams of protein, as well as heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

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Lentil Salad with Whole-Grain Pita Chips

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Lentil Salad with Whole-Grain Pita Chips

Mix together 1/4 cup of protein-laden cooked lentils, 1/2 an avocado (diced) and a few tablespoons of salsa for a super-quick dip that has about 5 grams of protein and is delicious with a handful of pita chips. Sick of avocado? Switch in some grilled chicken (pictured).

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Cheese or Peanut Butter and Fruit

Alexandra Grablewski

Cheese or Peanut Butter and Fruit

Yes, cheese contains a fair amount of fat, but eaten in moderation, it's a great snack that gives you at least 5 grams of protein per serving. Our go-to: a slice of Swiss paired with a handful of antioxidant-rich red grapes. Another great no-fuss snack that gives you at least 5 grams of protein: two tablespoons of peanut butter with a juicy sliced apple (we love Fujis and Honeycrisp).

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Roasted Tomatoes with Parmesan

Roasted Tomatoes with Parmesan

This pizza-inspired snack manages to be a little sweet, a little salty and a whole lot of delicious. Each serving contains 3 grams of protein, as well as vitamins A and C, potassium and calcium.

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