The American Pregnancy Association Dishes the Scoop on Healthy Snacks
By: American Pregnancy Association
"Most days, we need a snack or two to make it through the day, and if we make nutritious choices, snacking can make a positive impact on our overall health," says APA President Lynn Handley. "Typically, mothers will need to consume an extra 300 calories a day to help with the development and growth of their child. To help expecting mothers make healthy choices, we made a list of our favorite snacks."
APA recommends these healthy snacks:
Snacks packed with calcium
• At least 1,000 mg of calcium is needed daily to support a pregnancy. Calcium is essential for building healthy teeth and bones, normal blood clotting, and muscle and nerve function.
• Consider trying Greek yogurt with granola, oats or mixed berries, cottage cheese, or cherry tomatoes with mozzarella and basil.
Fruits and veggies
• Pregnant women need at least 70 mg of Vitamin C daily, which is available in fruits such as oranges, grapefruits and honeydew, and vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, and Brussel sprouts.
• Consider trying apple slices, carrots, or celery dipped in peanut butter; cucumber (or any veggies) dipped in hummus or pepper slices to dip in guacamole.
• Meat, poultry, fish, eggs and beans contain the protein, B vitamins and iron needed in pregnancy. Iron helps to carry oxygen to the growing baby, and also carries oxygen to the mother's muscles to help avoid symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, irritability, and depression. The U.S. RDA recommends consuming about 27 mg per day.
• Consider trying hard-boiled eggs, mixed nuts or Safe Catch Elite tuna that is made for pregnant women and children. Safe Catch (https://americanpregnancy.org/
Satisfy your sweet tooth
• A nutritious diet during pregnancy means avoiding fat and sugar, to help fight those sugar cravings the experts at Nightfood Ice Cream (https://americanpregnancy.org/
• Each scoop provides glycine to help suppress acid reflux, prevent sugar spikes while being sleep-friendly. It has less sugar, fat and calories to satisfy your sweet tooth while maintaining a healthy diet.