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.
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.