Being almost 5 months pregnant, there is nothing I love more than snacking, but I’ve tried really hard to keep a balance between healthy pregnancy snacks and the not so healthy ones.
I think that there are a lot of myths out there that keep women eating unhealthily for their pregnancy. One of them being that you are “eating for two”. The American Pregnancy Association actually recommends that moms to only eat:
- 0 extra calories during the 1st trimester
- 300 extra calories during the 2nd trimester
- 300 extra calories during the 3rd trimester
Obviously, speak to your doctor for individualized advice. Your calorie intake will vary based on different factors like your pre-pregnancy weight or whether you are pregnant with multiples or not.
Pregnancy nutrition does not have to be boring or restrictive either! It is all about balance. If I am craving ice cream I eat ice cream, but I try to make 90% of my snacks and meals for the week healthy.
If we go out to eat I try and eat healthy meals, but if that isn’t what I am feeling I give myself some grace and eat whatever I feel like. I do try and balance it out though. Maybe you get grilled chicken with french fries or fried chicken with grilled veggies. See what I mean?
The hardest part about pregnancy eating for me isn’t meals though. We eat at home 90% of the week and I buy super healthy meals for at home so that isn’t what I struggle with, it is the snacks.
If you don’t have healthy snacks on hand while pregnant it is really really easy to let your eating get out of control! So with each grocery trip I am sure to buy plenty of healthy snacks to tide me over for the week. I also work at home so grabbing snacks to eat while I am at my desk is SO EASY.
How to Deal with Pregnancy Cravings
Okay, so I don’t have many intense cravings like other pregnant moms have so I am a little lucky in that aspect. I crave ice water and snow cones (probably because it is summer!). I do crave ice cream, but I don’t buy it in the half gallon at the store because I’d literally eat it every single night if I did. When I am craving it I will run to the store and buy a pint.
Even that though I really try to only do that once a week. I am not starving myself or denying my cravings really but seeing it as an extra treat that I can look forward to.
The biggest tip I have for dealing with unhealthy pregnancy cravings is to eat something healthy first and then see if you are still hungry or craving that food. So if I am craving french fries and I am dying to run to Whataburger for lunch I will eat a plate of veggies first and if I am still intensely craving that food I might give in after that.
I honestly have never still been craving the unhealthy food after eating! I did this just yesterday. I desperately wanted chips but knew if I grabbed a bag of chips at my desk I would eat the whole thing so I cut up cucumbers and pea pods and I was 100% full and satisfied after that!
Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
SNACK IDEAS! I feel like not knowing what to buy once you are at the store is one of the biggest hurdles to get over. Once you know what healthy snacks you like it is so much easier to stay on track.
So here are some of my favorite pregnancy snack ideas for you to steal 🙂
I love eating raw veggies dipped in ranch here are some of what makes up my veggie plates.
- pea pods
- cherry tomatoes
- hummus and veggies is also a really great option
These veggies are in my regular grocery rotation. I always have them on hand unless I’ve run out between grocery trips.
I also love to snack on fruits as well. My #1 tip for making yourself choose healthy with fruits is to cut it up as soon as you get home. If you are hungry and want melon, but it isn’t cut 9 times out of 10 you are going to grab something more convenient. I always but up my fruits and put them in Tupperware as soon as I get home from the store.
- apples (plain or sliced and dipped in yogurt, almond butter, or peanut butter)
- honeydew melon
One of the best ways to curb your cravings, fill you up, AND get in your fruits and veggies is to make smoothies. My first pregnancy I craved smoothies and ate one every morning. They are super simple to make and I have a few recipes up on my blog that you can try out!
If you are short on time, but want to make smoothies still try these Great Value smoothie mixes from Walmart. They have individual servings of fruits and veggies in little bags so you just put those in the blender with water and you are done! So simple.
On the Go Snacks
Sometimes I am craving something salty, “processed”, or not as fresh as fruits and veggies so I keep a few snacks on hand for that too!
- Boom Chicka Pop brand popcorn
- Kind bars, RX bars, or Luna bars (the Kind Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt is my favorite!)
- Turkey jerky
- Rice cakes (super super good with avocado on them!)
- Cheese cubes
- Apple chips or banana chips
These are for when I crave chocolate. Which I have been known to do 😉
- Honey Greek yogurt with chocolate chips mixed in (Chobani Flips are really good too)
- Almonds with chocolate chips mixed in
- Chocolate banana smoothie
- Chocolate Kind or RX bars
These are a few of my healthy snack choices for pregnancy or not, but I really find myself snacking much more these days so I want to keep my diet well balanced.
Please remember I am not restricting myself, dieting, or denying myself of various cravings I am simply trying to keep a balanced diet and not overindulge.