Super Snacks in Pregnancy
Sadly contrary to the old wives tale, being pregnant no longer means you need to eat for two! Current guidelines recommend consuming only an additional 200cals per day during the final trimester. However, many mums-to-be find that they need to eat little and often to maintain their energy levels throughout the day.
As you will all know, there is never a more important time to look after your health than when you are pregnant. What you eat directly links to your unborn baby and so by boosting your health, you’re boosting your baby’s health too.
With everyone being so busy, it can be difficult to find healthy snacks when you’re on the go, but with a small amount of forward planning, you can nibble away those hunger pangs whilst keeping both you and your baby healthy.
Here at Project-B, we recommend looking at the NHS’ Change4Life guide to healthy snacks here: http://www.nhs.uk/change4life/pages/healthy-snacks.aspx, but as all of the team here at Project-B are mums, we thought you might enjoy seeing just a few of our favourite snacks.
· Carrot stick dippers with hummus
· Fruit salad and natural yoghurt
· Mixed dried fruit and nuts
· Wholegrain crackers with cheese
· Malt loaf
· Banana and strawberry smoothie (or pretty much any fruit you fancy!)
· Sunflower seeds
· Oatcakes with mashed banana
· Chocolate spread and mashed banana on wholemeal toast
And if in doubt, grab a banana! Bananas are little power houses when it comes to a snack – not only are they packed with energy, but they are also known to boost your mood! http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/interactive/gallery/main.php?g2_itemId=2116
Disclaimer: please note that this information is a guide only and does not make concessions for food allergies, intolerances or specific dietary requirements. Please consult your midwife or GP should you have any queries regarding your own specific nutritional needs.