Nutrition & Exercise

Healthy Pregnancy Snacks?

What are some healthy ways I can eat to get in my extra calories?

To eat 2,700 calories a day is a lot, and it’s tempting to fit in extra ones by having some Doritos — but that won’t do your babies much good. Try these (roughly) 300-calorie ideas the next time you’re reaching for a mini-meal. Since you need to eat 680 extra calories a day in your second trimester, you can have two of these snacks.

Hummus scooped with your favorite assorted raw veggies, like carrots or celery

8-ounce smoothie made with your favorite mixed berries, and soy or skim milk

Small baked potato topped with plain yogurt (instead of sour cream) and chives

Banana and 1 tbsp peanut butter make it even healthier with all-natural PB

Half-cup low-fat cottage cheese with 1 cup of fresh fruit dropped on top

Dried fruit and nuts just a small handful has plenty of healthy fats and proteins

1 cup of sorbet or vanilla ice cream topped with fresh fruit

Popcorn 6 cups of the air-popped kind with ¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 cup whole-grain cereal mixed with soy or skim milk for breakfast anytime

1/4 cup salsa paired with two handfuls of your favorite baked tortilla chips

Avocado cut one-fourth of one and spread it out onto eight whole-grain crackers

Whole-grain waffle right out of the toaster and with peanut or almond butter on top

— Excerpted from The Baby Bump: 100s of Secrets to Surviving Those Nine Long Months

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