10 Healthy Snacks for Pregnant Women

10 Healthy Snacks for Pregnancy

I find myself needing to eat a lot more frequently now that I’m pregnant. Without fail, every two hours I get hungry. Not hungry enough for a full-on meal, but definitely hungry enough to need to eat something.

About two weeks ago, I started carrying snacks with me at all times. Nothing is worse than being without food when that hunger quickly sets in and it really does come on fast. One minute, I’m totally fine. And the next minute, I’m starving.

Because I’m trying to eat as much food as possible that has purpose (a.k.a. food that is nutritional for the growing twins inside of me), I’m mostly sticking to healthy snacks that are packed with nutrients and all sorts of goodness. Sure, I have the occasional cookie, but for the most part, it’s quality eating for three over here.

After the jump, find out what my 10 favorite pregnancy snacks are and why they’re good for all expectant moms! Feel free to share your go-to snack in the comments.

  • Trail Mix 1 of 10
    I make my own trail mix with almonds, cashews, pistachios, and dried (unsweetened) cranberries. I love the crunch of it, and the flavor. It also kills my hunger pretty quickly since it's so high in protein.
    Find out more about the benefits of eating nuts while pregnant here.
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Greek Yogurt 2 of 10
    I am borderline obsessed with Chobani Greek Yogurt. It is seriously so delicious and creamy, not to mention it's high in calcium and surprisingly high in protein.
    Find out why yogurt is so important to eat during pregnancy here.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Natural Fruit Cup 3 of 10
    These little snacky treats are fun and thirst quenching. I stay away from the fruit cups that are packed in syrup, because there are way too many additives in them. Instead, I buy the ones packed in natural fruit juice. They kind of remind me of being a kid, and I often wonder why I ever stopped eating them when I "grew up."
    See why fruit matters.
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  • Lara Bars 4 of 10
    I'm not a very big granola-bar fan. They all seem to be loaded with crappy ingredients and fillers that I find completely useless. But not Lara Bars! Usually five ingredients or less, these quick and healthy snacks come in all sorts of yummy flavors and are made of nuts and fruit only. And with a decent amount of fiber, Lara Bars help keep me "regular."
    Find out why fiber matters during pregnancy.
    Photo taken by author
  • Peelable Fruit 5 of 10
    Bananas, oranges, and grapefruits have become some of my favorite and simple pregnancy snacks. They travel well and their natural sugar gives me a little pick-me-up when I need it. People sometimes complain that grapefruits are hard to eat, but I peel them just like an orange and have at 'em!
    Check out why it's important to eat fruit when pregnant.
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • Homemade Sweet Potato Chips 6 of 10
    I first fell in love with homemade sweet potato chips during a Paleo Challenge two years ago. I've been hooked ever since. Bagged potato chips are almost always made with soy or corn oil, both of which I avoid for GMO reasons. And sweet potatoes are just better for you anyway!
    Make them yourself with this great recipe!
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Baby Carrots 7 of 10
    Crunchy, sweet, and filled with fiber, baby carrots are a go-to snack for me. I especially love to dip them in hummus. These little treats often accompany me while hiking, because they're more filling than you'd think, they travel easily, and they also are quite thirst quenching.
    Find out why carrots matter during pregnancy.
    Photo: iStockphoto
  • Hard Boiled Eggs 8 of 10
    While I haven't yet mastered the art of a perfectly peeled hard boiled egg, I still love 'em! Throw a little fresh cracked sea salt and black pepper on the cut-up quartered pieces, and I am one happy lady. Of course, we've known for a while that eggs are high in protein. But now there's evidence that another nutrient found in eggs, choline, might be as important as folic acid.
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  • Apples with Peanut Butter 9 of 10
    My mother gave this to me as a snack when I was a child, and I've never stopped loving it. Honeycrisp apples are my favorite, and I actually use a delicious peanut/almond butter blend that has even more protein to fuel my day.
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • String Cheese 10 of 10
    I've long called myself a "cheese whore." I. Absolutely. Love. It. I've been warned about unpasteurized, soft cheeses, and I've been staying away from them. But my daily snack of string cheese keeps my belly smiling.
    Find out why cheese is a healthy snack during pregnancy.
    Photo taken by author

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