Nutritious snacks for pregnancy

When the hunger pangs hit you, don’t reach out for junk snacks – settle for these healthy, nutritious snack options instead.These foods will keep your tummy full and happy for few hours, providing a steady flow of energy for you and the baby.

Idlis

easy to digest, this popular breakfast item is good as a snack too. You can improve its nutritional value by adding some vegetables and coriander leaves to the batter. A good side dish like mint or coriander chutney can increase the iron content too.

Murmura (puffed rice) and Poha

make an instant snack mix of murmura with grated carrot, tomato, coriander, and roasted peanuts. Poha also makes a good snack with good nutritive value when added with vegetables and peanuts.

Whole wheat sandwich

A normal cucumber and tomato sandwich with some lettuce added is another great snack option for you. It is suggested even when you have morning sickness.

Dhokla

This snack is low in calorie, yet rich in probiotics like any other fermented products.

Nuts and dried fruits

A mix of dry fruits and nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts is a good snack option anytime. This snack is good in minerals and fiber too. Make your own trail mix by adding some fresh/dry fruits to it.

Chana

Roasted chana is a good option for improving omega 3 fatty acids in food. In addition, it gives iron and fiber.

Fruit and yogurt smoothie

Mix non-fat form of yogurt with a seasonal fruit of choice for having a snack rich in protein, calcium, other nutrients.

Masala papad

Roasted urad daal papad with a topping of finely chopped fresh veggies like cucumber, tomato, capsicum, onion, and coriander leaves, is an interesting twist to your usual salad. A real fun way to have your usual dose of protein, vitamins, and minerals.

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