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10 (Surprising) Superfood Pregnancy Snacks

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Macadamia nuts are a good source of magnesium which helps with calcium absorption.

Pregnancy is one time in your life when nutritionists will literally tell you to snack. Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Harvard University, Karin Michels says pregnant women should have three small meals and three snacks a day. The growing baby needs ” a continuous source of energy.”

Of course this doesn’t mean handfuls of Doritos and M&Ms.

In general, healthy pregnancy snacking consists of good, fresh food such as fruits and vegetables and calcium-rich yogurt and milk. But there are lots of healthy dry snacks, too, that don’t require much in the way of storage or utensils but are packed with essential nutrients. And that’s what this list is all about. These are basically some alternatives to Doritos and M&Ms (though you may be surprised to see chocolate on this list!); these are snacks you can stash in your office drawer. And they’re tasty, too. They’re not too smelly, slightly sweet and cold– food characteristics that tend to appeal to the super sensitive or morning sick.

I’m not sure all of these foods are all technically “super” foods (whatever that is), but overall the snacks on this list are low in the bad stuff (refined sugars, saturated fats, etc) and high in the good stuff (including key pregnancy nutrients such as protein, calcium, iron, folate and vitamin D). Some may even be “super” enough to help with things like pregnancy-induced slow digestion, leg cramps, heartburn or anemia.

Snack on!

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10 (Surprising) Superfood Pregnancy Snacks

Organic White Mulberries

Mulberries are one of the few fruits to be considered a protein source--they have 3 grams of protein per ounce. They're also a great source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, and fiber as well as a high concentration of Resveratrol, an antioxidant. All of this is great for pregnancy but what you should also know is that they are really delicious and low in fat and sugar. Eat them alone or in one of the Trail Mixes from Nativas that has gogi berries (packed with Vitamin C!), cashews and coco. It's addictive and seriously good for you. When does that happen?
You can get the mulberries or trail mix at some grocery stores or at NavitasNaturals.com.

Follow Ceridwen’s pregnancy and birth blogging on Facebook or check out her book, From The Hips.

And, if you’re interested, are some great books on nutrition and pregnancy:

The 100 Healthiest Foods to Eat During Pregnancy by Jonny Bowden, Ph.D, C.N.S and Allison Tannis, M.S., R.H.N.

The Gift Of Health: The Complete Pregnancy Diet for Your Baby’s Wellness– from Birth Through Adulthood by Karin B. Michels, SC.D., M.Sc., M.P.H.

Do Chocolate Lovers Have Smarter Babies? The Surprising Science of Pregnancy by Jena Pincott

 

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Ceridwen Morris is a writer, mother, and certified childbirth educator. She is the author of several books and screenplays, including (Three Rivers; 2007). She serves on the board of The Childbirth Education Association of Metropolitan New York and teaches at Tribeca Parenting in New York City. Read bio and latest posts → Read Ceridwen's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “10 (Surprising) Superfood Pregnancy Snacks

  1. mariawolfe says:

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  2. Cary Driver says:

    Lack of Vitamin D in pregnant mothers has been linked to speech development delays. It’s important that enough attention is paid to vitamin and mineral levels in pregnancy because their effects carry on well into childhood. So a list of “good ” snacks is vital, thanks. I also used a great book “Teach Baby to Talk” by Ella Jackson ( teachbabytotalk.com) . Wish I’d had it after my son was born because I could see the mistakes I made that caused his speech delay. My little girl got the benefit of the “Ella treatment” and her speech is so good, people remark on it in when we are out.Vitamins are essential but knowing how to talk to babies is vital too.

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