Whether you’re trying to make it through a workday or getting ready for a movie night (featuring a kick-ass movie about being pregnant), having some yummy and healthy pregnancy snacks on hand are an absolute must.
These 10 smart pregnancy snack ideas are quick and easy, and won’t break the budget or your daily calorie count.
10 Yummy and Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
1. Almonds or Walnuts + Dried Fruit
Skip over the pre-packaged trial mixes (and their high amounts of added salt and sugar) whenever you can during your pregnancy.
Instead, grab a bag of raw, unsalted or lightly salted almonds or walnuts and your favorite dried fruits. Mix and enjoy!
2. Apple Slices + Cheese
Boost up the fiber and calcium in your diet with this quintessential pregnancy snack.
Perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up, and as long as you’re sticking with pasteurized cheeses, you can switch up the flavors over the course of your pregnancy.
3. Tortilla + Hummus + Tomatoes
If you need a snack that’s a little more savory to get you between meals, spread some hummus on a whole grain tortilla, top with fresh tomatoes (halved cherry or grape tomatoes work beautifully), and roll into a small wrap.
Top with a little bit of sea salt if you need a bit more flavor.
4. Avocado + Whole Grain Crackers or Toast
There’s a reason that avocado makes it onto almost every must-eat-during-pregnancy list out there. It’s a true powerhouse with its good fats and high amounts of potassium.
Slice it or mash it onto some whole grain crackers or toasted bread. Top with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a little bit of sea salt if you feel like upping the flavor a bit.
5. Melon + Fresh Lime Juice
Staying hydrated during pregnancy is super important. Fresh melons like watermelon and cantaloupe are about 92% water and packed with lots of vitamins and nutrients for your growing baby.
Squeeze some fresh lime juice over a few slices for a tangy twist (and Vitamin C boost!).
6. Mixed Berry Smoothie
If smoothies aren’t already a part of your pregnancy diet, you’re really missing out. The options are endless, and they are a wonderful way to sneak in more fresh, raw veggies like spinach, beets, and broccoli.
If you’re craving something sweet, mix up a mixed berry smoothie and go a little heavy on the strawberries, which are bit sweeter.
7. Banana + Almond Butter
Little bit sweet, little bit savory. This dreamy combo is a true craving-crusher without overloading on the calories. Just slice up a banana, top slices with a dollop of almond butter, and enjoy!
Bonus? You’ll also get a big does of potassium (great for combatting pregnancy leg cramps) and protein.
8. Popcorn + Parmesan Cheese
Avoid the heavy salt and butter (and the calories and bloating that come along with them) and make your own healthier popcorn at home.
Start with a more natural microwave popcorn, or buy kernels and make your popcorn on the stove if you’re feeling up to it. (I use Damaris Phillips’ super easy method outlined here.) Sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese over the top of your popped popcorn to gourmet it up a bit.
9. Warm Apples + Cinnamon + Nutmeg
If you’re pregnancy includes the fall or winter months, these delicious spiced apples are a delicious and festive seasonal snack. (But to be honest, they’re pretty dang delicious year-round.)
Put sliced apples into a microwave-safe bowl or mug and top with a sprinkling of cinnamon and nutmeg. Microwave on medium heat until the apples are soft and warm. You can also prepare this on the stove top if you’re not a microwave person.
10. Edamame + Sea Salt
If you need to combat a salt craving and drinking more water just isn’t cutting it, try snacking down on this sushi-restaurant-staple. You can find edamame in the frozen section of most grocery stores with the other frozen veggies.
Cook in a microwave (most store offer a super easy steam-in-the-bag option) or on a stovetop. Sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt to get your savory fix.