Snack cravings kick int overdrive when your expecting. Here's how to be healthy during pregnancy.
When you're pregnant, it's so important to eat often. Snacking prevents blood sugar swings that can sap your energy. It also helps you get key nutrients from fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. Here are five tips to help you snack smart. First, consider calories. A typical pregnant woman requires about 2200 calories a day. So if your meals are about 500 to 600 calories each, you can have two snacks that are 150 calories each. Start with produce. Fruits and vegetables fill you up and they add color and flavor to snacks. They're also rich in fiber, potassium, vitamin C, folate, and powerful plant chemicals. Try fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables. Do some dairy. Yogurt, milk, and cheese are loaded with high-quality protein and calcium, and they really fill you up. Choose low or non-fat dairy options. Pack the protein. Edamame, nuts, nut butters, hummus, and even a hard-boiled egg will satisfy you and provide both protein and healthy fats. Go for whole grains. Try air-popped popcorn, whole grain cereal, and even whole wheat crackers or pretzels. They offer B vitamins and the fiber fills you up. For more on pregnancy nutrition, check out parents.com.