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Eating healthy and tasty during pregnancy can be hard at times, but a healthy and well-balanced diet is crucial for your wellbeing goals. If you have crazy food cravings you can always tame them with the help of a few simple and very delicious healthy snacks that have all the necessary nutrients and will keep you and your little baby healthy and happy. All of the snacks I'm going to show you today meet the need for all the essential pregnancy nutrients, they are easy and fast to make and contain about 180-250 calories.

We should never forget that pregnancy doesn't always mean ''eating for two'', and it is very important to keep counting your calories. It is best to increase the number of consumed calories moderately during this special time. For example, during the first trimester, there is no need for extra calories at all. In the second trimester of pregnancy extra 330-350 calories are needed and an additional 430-450 calories and required in the third trimester. 

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  • Pregnancy Snack Idea #1: Avocado Bruschetta 

Ripe avocado fruit, my favorite face mask ingredient,  is rich in monounsaturated fats and has a unique nutrition profile. Avocado contains lots of fiber and is full of important health vitamins (vitamins B, K, E, and vitamin C) and minerals (potassium, copper). Avocado combined with crispy bruschetta and other vegetables makes a perfect little snack.

  • Pregnancy Snack  #2: Hard-Boiled Egg with Toast 

A hard-boiled egg is the best source of healthy fat and cholesterol. One large hard-boiled egg contains around 5 grams of total fat, 1.7 grams of saturated fat, and 212 milligrams of cholesterol. Plus, hard-boiled eggs are naturally high in protein, which is very important for the future mother's health.

  • Pregnancy Snack #3: Granola with Yogurt

Granola combined with your favorite yogurt is a perfect choice for breakfasts or healthy fast snacks. These foods are a healthy addition to the diet of pregnant women but don`t forget that you need to consume them moderately (granola is high in calories) and select the best and healthiest options.

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  • Pregnancy Snack  #4: Soybean Hummus 

Hummus is one of the most famous and healthy dip options. It provides you with protein and several essential vitamins and minerals. Some people may say that hummus can be high in fat, but most of the fats are unsaturated and healthy for your body. 

  • Pregnancy Snack #5: A Bowl with Fresh Fruits and Veggies

Most women don't get enough fiber in their everyday diet to begin, pregnancy increases your daily requirement of fiber to 30 grams. Make sure to consume enough fiber by adding in your diet plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, they are tasty, healthy, and also keep you hydrated. Try to eat colorful fruits and veggies, each color group provides different vitamins and nutrients.

  • Pregnancy Snack  #6: Peanut Butter and Whole Wheat Waffles

Peanut butter is rich in protein and potassium, it helps to lower the risk of high blood pressure, strokes, and various heart diseases. A whole-wheat waffle with 2 spoons of delicious peanut butter makes a great breakfast or mid-morning meal choice, providing you and your baby with necessary healthy fat and other nutrients.

  • Pregnancy Snack  #7: Rice Cakes with Almond Butter

Rice cakes with almond butter make for a satisfying and nutritious snack, especially for those looking for a gluten-free option or seeking a quick energy boost. These cakes are made from puffed rice and are a great alternative to bread or crackers, especially for individuals following a gluten-free diet. They are low in calories and provide a light, crunchy base for toppings like almond butter.

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  • Pregnancy Snack  #8: Cottage Cheese with Pineapple

Cottage cheese paired with pineapple creates a delicious and nutritious snack, especially during pregnancy. Both cottage cheese and pineapple contain calcium. Calcium is essential for building strong bones and teeth for your growing baby as well as it is essential for women's health. It also helps in maintaining your own bone health during pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy Snack  #9: Chia Seed Pudding

Super yummy and healthy chia seed pudding is a great and nutritious snack that's easy to prepare and offers a variety of health benefits, especially during pregnancy. To make chia seed pudding, mix about 1/4 cup of chia seeds with 1 cup of milk (dairy or non-dairy like almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk) in a bowl or jar. 

You can add a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavor if desired. Stir well to combine, ensuring the chia seeds are evenly distributed in the liquid. Cover the bowl or jar and refrigerate it overnight or for at least a few hours. Seeds will create a smooth, pudding-like texture.

  • Pregnancy Snack  #10: Cheese and Whole Grain Crackers

When selecting cheese, opt for varieties that are pasteurized to reduce the risk of harmful bacteria. Cheeses like cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, or Gouda are great choices. These cheeses offer a good dose of calcium, essential for bone health for both you and your baby. 

Let's summarize...

Overall, your diet plan and snack choices need a little bit more attention when you are pregnant, especially because certain foods can present a possible negative influence and risks on your health and the health of your baby. To make sure you are on the right track start your healthy diet even before pregnancy, your body will store all the necessary nutrients to support the early growth and development of your baby.

Lots of love,