Tired of the same old snacks? We’ve got tasty options that won’t leave you feeling like you’re mistreating your body or your baby.
Processed, prepackaged, fattening foods and snacks that are high in sodium will cause your body to retain fluid and can increase swelling (and mommies-to-be are already prone to swelling!). Try these healthy handfuls—and snack without swelling or guilt.
Dress It Up
A light dip or dressing paired with celery or carrots is a classic quick snack that’s easy to prepare. Add your own favorite veggies if those two don’t tickle your fancy.
Quench Your Thirst
Hydrating fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, or blueberries help keep thirst at bay while adding a little sweetness to your life. If a bowl of fruit is too boring, switch it up as kabobs or a salad.
Fruit juices are too sugary to be healthy, but adding a splash of a no-sugar-added fruit juice to sparkling water flavors the fizz while letting you indulge. Freeze your favorite healthy juices in an ice tray to pop into your water or savor as a frozen treat.
Hummus and pita chips are light and perfectly replace greasy, unhealthy potato chips that usually surround the dip bowl. Had enough of hummus? Puree avocado with a dollop of yogurt or sour cream. Add lime juice and some bell peppers, or another sliced veggie of your choice. Top it off with salt and black pepper to eat with your pita chips.
When frozen fruitcicles fail to satisfy, a smoothie is a great go-to snack. Blend your favorite frozen fruit with soy milk or yogurt to add thickness. Sneak in spinach or kale for a bit of fiber.
Chow Caprese Style
Begin with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. Cut thin slices of pasteurized mozzarella and layer along a skewer. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper or red wine vinaigrette. Too tired to prep kabobs? Toss your ingredients into a salad.