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Maintaining a healthy diet during pregnancy is essential for both the mother and the baby. While it can be tempting to indulge in unhealthy snacks, it is important to make sure that you are getting the necessary nutrients to support a healthy pregnancy. These healthy pregnancy snacks can help provide the energy and nutrients that you need, while also helping to prevent excessive weight gain.
The Importance of Eating Healthy While Pregnant
If I don’t get a little protein in the morning, I get “the shakes.”
This was especially true when I was pregnant. The food I ate throughout pregnancy really affected how I felt and my overall health. If I had a high sugar breakfast, I would feel weak and jittery a few hours later.
I hated that feeling and needed healthy snacks on hand to feel good.
This is a roundup of snack ideas you can make at home or buy at the store to help you make healthier snack choices (pregnant or not!)
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20+ Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
Simple Blender Hummus
Making homemade hummus in the blender (or food processor) is easier than you think. The hummus ingredients come together quickly leaving you with a healthier and tastier appetizer than you could find at the store.
These no-bake energy bites have been a long-time favorite in my home. Look no further for a healthy, satiating, freezer-friendly snack.
Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fruits and veggies into a delightful snack! We have lots of smoothie recipes on our site. But we took the top 7 and created a free printable of all the recipes and shopping lists for you to make smoothie packs.
Simple Homemade Granola
This simple granola recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest you will find on the Internet. It’s got 5 main ingredients but you can easily add more if you want to jazz it up. Such a simple, healthy snack!
Throw it on some yogurt with some fresh fruit for even more nutrition.
Banana Breakfast Cookies
Banana Breakfast Cookies are jam-packed with nutrition and flavor. All ages love them, and they make a great grab-and-go breakfast. Double the recipe so you can stock the freezer with them!
Stovetop Coconut Oil Popcorn is incredibly easy and serves as a healthy, filling snack that all ages love. The coconut oil brings the perfect hint of sweetness that is balanced with a bit of salt. It’s a budget-friendly, tummy-filling, healthy snack that will have you ditching the microwave popcorn for good!
Chocolate Protein Mug Cake
This decadent-tasting chocolate and peanut butter protein mug cake satisfies your hunger and sweet tooth without the guilt. It only takes a few ingredients and just 2-3 minutes in the microwave.
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Banana Bites
Are you craving something sweet? Try this healthy alternative to your afternoon sweet snack. The combination of bananas, peanut butter, and dark chocolate chips will hit the spot!
Homemade Chex Mix
This Homemade Chex Mix recipe is easy to whip up, makes your home smell ah-maze-ing as it bakes in the oven, and is an addictive snack food that has proven to be a crowd favorite for decades. The recipe comes from my grandma and its secret sauce is the key to its deliciousness.
Guacamole is so good for you! You can eat it with raw veggie sticks or a multitude of different kinds of chips. Try to find tortilla chips that are MSG-free, additive-free, and trans-fat-free (buying organic takes care of all this). You could also try our Avocado Salsa for a twist on the classic guac.
This Greek Dip is a twist on the ever-popular Layered Taco Dip. It is full of heart-healthy fats, protein, fiber, and antioxidants from the hummus and veggies. The feta cheese provides a nice, tangy, salty bite to top it all off. Serve it with some Pita chips and you’ve got yourself a killer real-food snack, meal, or appetizer.
Banana Pumpkin Muffins or Bread
Hard Boiled Eggs
These easy-to-peel Instant Pot hard boiled eggs just might change your life. It is the only way I make hard boiled eggs now! With 3 simple steps, you can do it too.
Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
by Cooking Classy
This dip makes healthy eating seem awesome (because yes, it can be when done right). It’s creamy and sweet yet at the same time it is made with good for you ingredients. And if you’re a yogurt eater, you will likely even have all the ingredients stocked in your kitchen now.
Crispy Kale Chips
by Sweet Cayenne
A quick, healthy alternative to potato chips when the craving strikes! Change up the seasoning depending on your mood.
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels
They are as good as they sound. This healthier twist on the typical Chocolate Covered Pretzel has no shortage of flavor. Since the melted dark chocolate is mixed together with the peanut butter before dipping, that chocolate coating has twice the flavor and some added protein!
Fiesta Chopped Salad
This fresh, delicious, and super healthy Fiesta Chopped Salad works as a light lunch, side dish, appetizer, or snack anytime. Eat on it throughout the week on its own or scoop it with tortilla chips or crackers.
Homemade Trail Mix – Save money and skip all the added sugars, salt, and preservatives found in many store-bought trail mixes. Ideas include dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, dried bananas), all-natural dark chocolate chips, your favorite nuts, and mini whole wheat pretzels.
Cheese Quesadilla – Use a whole grain or whole wheat tortilla and your favorite cheese to make a quick, warm snack. If you have leftover meat or roasted veggies, they would make great additions. (Check out our Pizza Quesadilla recipe!)
Multigrain Crackers with Cheese Slices – Look in the health food section for crackers that are high in fiber and have no preservatives or additives. Then, add a few cheese slices and crackers to a small sealed container for a satisfying mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.
Apple Slices, Carrots, or Celery with Nut Butter – You can’t go wrong with a little crunch and your favorite nut butter.
Hope this list can give you some healthy snack ideas for the future! Make sure to check out our other posts for pregnant and new moms.