Eating for Two: Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition Tips

6 Healthy Snacks

Surprise! You only need an additional 300 calories per day during pregnancy (500 if you're carrying twins) to support your baby. For most women, this will add up to roughly 2,500 calories, depending on starting weight (but keep in mind that you shouldn't obsess over counting calories right now). What does 300 calories look like in the real world? Here are some nutrient-packed snacks and mini-meals to choose from, compliments of Roxanne Moore, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association:

  • 6 whole-grain crackers, 2 ounces low-fat cheese, a small apple, and a cup of 1 percent milk
  • a container of low-fat yogurt, a medium banana, and 1/4 cup bran cereal
  • a sandwich made with 3 ounces turkey breast meat, on 2 slices of whole-grain bread, and 15 grapes
  • 2 cups unsweetened cereal, a cup of 1 percent milk, and a cup of berries
  • a small bagel with 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup canned tuna mixed with 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, spread on either 2 slices whole-grain bread or 12 whole-grain crackers, and a medium orange

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