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Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet while pregnant can be a huge challenge. You may be battling with weird cravings or even suffering from morning sickness. Your appetite may have increased, or you might not feel like eating at all.
It is widely suggested that eating little and often is the best way to keep your energy levels up and to reduce morning sickness.
Here are some quick and healthy snack ideas when you feel like you need an energy boost fast.
Having a little cheese with a few crackers is a great way to stave off hunger and provide you with some much-needed calcium. Pair it with some slices of apple for a full-on fibre rich feast!
Vitamin D is another essential vitamin that we need as it can help your body absorb calcium. Egg yolk is a great source of vitamin D, just make sure it’s fully cooked! Why not serve up some tasty scrambled eggs on a slice of wholegrain toast?
fruit, nuts and seeds
Make up your own trail mix with a blend of pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, walnuts, dried mango and almonds. A good handful of your homemade trail mix provides fat, protein and fibre and will give you a much-needed energy boost!
This kind of falls into the fruit, nuts and seeds category above but they deserve a shout out on their own. Not only are they super tasty and a very handy snack to keep in your bag, but they are also full of beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A, essential for maintaining strong bones, skin and teeth.
Mash up some ripe avocado with a squeeze of lime juice and a few chilli flakes if you don’t mind a little heat. Serve it on a slice of toasted, seeded bread for a filling snack that’s packed with healthy fats and potassium.
Whip up a smoothie with some tasty fruits and a dash of Greek yoghurt. Choose any soft, ripe fruits that you like and if you’re feeling brave add a little kale for an extra hit of vitamins K, A and C!
A good source of calcium and heaped with blueberries provides fibre and antioxidants. You can even top it with some of your homemade trail mix!
whole grain cereal
Cereal can be a quick and easy snack any time of day (or night!) Check that the variety you have chosen is made from whole grain, high in fibre and low in sugar. Top with berries for a vitamin C and fibre boost and serve with milk for a valuable helping of calcium.
A jacket potato is an ideal snack for anytime but piled with natural yoghurt and a some snipped up chives can serve as a tasty and energy boosting pregnancy snack. Potatoes are rich in fibre (make sure you eat the skin), potassium, iron and folate.
Bananas are the perfect snack when time is short, and you just need something to fill you up fast. A great source of fibre, potassium and vitamins C and B6!
Remember that you might be eating for two but that second person is a baby and not a full-sized adult! Stick to healthy options and try to stay away from too many sugary foods.
Enjoy a varied diet with lots of fruit, vegetables, carbohydrates, protein, fish, pulses and dairy. A little treat every now and again won’t hurt but don’t overdo it.
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