Healthy Pregnancy Snacks

Ugh! Pregnancy symptoms no one bothered to mention to you could fill a whole book. Why did not one person mention the bump-induced starving hunger?

Plus, since the list of forbidden foods is as long as my arm, it’s not so easy to find something safe to satisfy your hunger cravings.

Luckily, with a little pre-planning you can survive any hunger-attack. Pack these snacks into your bag (one of them, or all of them – up to you) and you’ll be ready!

1. Trailmix

Nuts, seeds, dried fruit, what’s not to like? These tasty bites are full of energy and pack a nutritional punch to get you through your darkest hungry moments.

Portability & Freshness

Trailmix is a great option to keep in your bag in a larger container. It’s super portable and you don’t have to worry about freshness – it keeps really well. Just top up once or twice a week and you’re good to go.

2. Fruit

A great way to get some vitamins into you in a tasty tasty package. Depending on what type of fruit you go for, you may need a small container or you may not.

Portability & Freshness

Depends on the fruit you choose. Cut fruit needs to be consumed asap. Some fruits will be best kept in a container to avoid getting squashed… (so that’s what happened to my banana from last week…)

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3. Yogurt

Yogurt can be really filling, especially if you go for the thick and creamy natural Greek style yogurt and add a bit of fruit and some nuts (or granola) to it. Yum! Just like a breakfast parfait!

Portability & Freshness

Needs an airtight container. Also needs to be kept cool and consumed asap.

4. Overnight Oats or Chia Pudding

One of my favorite breakfasts is overnight oats! You can make them in almost any flavor you like. Carrot cake, chocolate coconut, banana peanut butter chocolate chip… If you can imagine it, you can make it.

Overnight oats are also really filling and tasty and can help to boost your milk supply.

 

Portability & Freshness

You’ll need a small container or jar to keep your overnight oats in. They should also be kept cool and need to consume them asap.

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5. Granola

Good old granola! Eat it dry if you’re out and about and like it crunchy. Or make your own granola bars for something a bit different and a little healthier than store-bought.

Portability & Freshness

Dry granola is easy to carry around in a container and keeps for ages.

6. Pretzels

Pretzels are my go-to food for nausea. Perfect for those first-trimester woes. I like them plain.

Be mindful of the salt content, especially later in pregnancy.

Portability & Freshness

Pretzels are so easy to keep in your purse. You can even buy them in tiny snack pack sizes! They last a while too if they’re kept in an airtight container or the original packaging.

7. Dates

Dates are delicious. And they can also make labor easier! How? According to a study, women who ate 6 dates per day in the 4 weeks prior to their estimated delivery date had a reduced need for induction or augmentation of labor and had better outcomes.

Is that a win for the date-loving moms-to-be or what?

Portability & Freshness

Dates are very portable, just put them in a small container in your purse and you’ll be right. They also keep really well. Though if you eat 6 a day they won’t get a chance to go stale!

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8. Vege Sticks and Cherry Tomatoes

There’s a lot of grains on this list. So here’s a vegetable! Or multiple! Try vegetable sticks and cherry tomatoes. They’re easy to carry around and tasty treats to snack on during the day.

Portability & Freshness

Very portable. Can use a ziplock bag. Keeps fresh for about a day – consume asap.

9. Hard Boiled Eggs

Runny eggs are one of pregnancy’s no-no’s but you can still get your egg fix so long as you boil your egg to rubber. Don’t be turned off, they still taste just as good!

Portability & Freshness

Eggs come in their own convenient packaging that keeps them fresh, however, you might need to add a container to keep them from being squashed by something in your bag. Keep cool and consume asap.

10. Homemade Cookies or Muffins

Bonus points if you choose lactation cookies or muffins! Learn to make your own to be even healthier.

Portability & Freshness

Homemade cookies or muffins do best in a container to protect them from being crumbled. Cookies may survive in just a ziplock bag. Best eaten with a few days of baking for optimum freshness – however, you can freeze most baked goods to enjoy them for longer.

Portable Container Suggestions

Banana Saver 

Love bananas? Me too! I don’t love the odd shape that makes it difficult to keep them safe, or the fact that they are pretty soft and liable to get squashed in my bag. What’s a girl to do? Get a banana saver, that’s what! Simple. Inexpensive. Where have you been my whole life!?

Bento-style Snack Boxes

One of the main problems with ordinary snack sized boxes is that they’re just no match for a baby belly hunger. These bento boxes are large enough to carry a good amount of snacks and have two compartments so you can team up your two favorite portable snacks. Is it pretzels and nuts? Dried fruit and granola? Crackers and cookies?

Yogurt Saver

If you want to take yogurt (or chia pudding, or overnight oats) with you anywhere, you need a container that seals well. This one is great! It even comes with a spoon so you’re ready whenever hunger strikes, even if you’re nowhere near home or the office kitchen.

What’s On Your Snack Menu?

Tell us what snacks you’ve been eating this pregnancy. Have you had any crazy cravings?

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