Snacks for pregnant women are an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle while your baby develops. But not just any snack will do. You want both flavor and nutrition in the food you put in your body during the nine months before birth.
In this article, we introduce you to our favorite snacks for pregnant women so you can keep your body healthy and your energy levels high throughout the day.
We also let you in on how you can be a part of The Soulfull Project’s unique community efforts to supply servings of our whole-grain hot cereal to food banks in your area.
Healthy And Easy Snacks For Pregnant Women
1) White Chocolate Cranberry Energy Balls
- 1 ¼ cups of rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed
- ½ cup of almond butter or cashew butter
- ⅓ cup of honey
- ¼ cup of dried cranberries
- ¼ cup of white chocolate chips
- Measure all ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Stir until ingredients are well combined
- Adjust the ingredients to get the correct texture (it should resemble a sticky dough that retains its shape when rolled)
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30 minutes
- Roll the dough into balls about one inch in diameter (If you want something that’s a little less of a mouthful, make your oatmeal energy balls a bit smaller.)
- Serve and enjoy
Want more protein in these snacks for pregnant women? Try adding 4 tablespoons of vanilla protein powder to the mix.
And for more delicious no-bake energy ball recipes, check out this article from The Soulfull Project blog: 6 No-Bake Oatmeal Balls For A Delicious Snack Anytime.
2) Fruit And Nuts
One of the simplest healthy snacks for pregnant women on this list is a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts — no mixing, boiling, or baking necessary!
Nuts such as walnuts, almonds, and pistachios provide plenty of protein and healthy fat to keep you feeling full longer, while your favorite fruit — we like apples and oranges for their portability — supplies slow-digesting fructose to power your brain through a long afternoon.
Plus, the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in this delicious duo (whatever combination you choose) make them outstanding fuel for the whole nine months.
3) Tropical Smoothie
- ½ cup of old-fashioned rolled oats
- 2 ice cubes
- 1 small banana
- 1½ cups of plain unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon of kosher salt
- ¾ cup of frozen mango
- ¾ cup of frozen pineapple
- Measure oats into blender
- Cover and blend to a fine powder
- Add ice cubes, banana, coconut milk, lemon juice, vanilla, and salt
- Blend until smooth
- Add frozen mango and pineapple
- Blend for at least one minute or until smooth
- Serve and enjoy!
For six more delicious and healthy smoothie recipes, choose your favorite from this article from The Soulfull Project blog: 7 Healthy Oatmeal Smoothie Recipes That Taste Amazing.
4) Apple And Peanut Butter
This is one of those healthy snacks for pregnant women that you might not think of right off the bat because it’s been around for so long.
But there’s a reason apple and peanut butter has stood the test of time: it’s good and good for you. Plus, it travels really well for those of you who like (or need) to eat on the go.
Just toss your favorite variety of apple (we like Honeycrisp) in the corner of your bag along with a small jar of peanut butter and you’re good to go.
If peanut butter isn’t your thing, any of the nut butters will do (we can’t get enough of eating our apple snack with a healthy dose of crunchy almond butter). Yum!
5) Nut Butter Oatmeal Bars
- 1 cup of creamy nut butter (we like almond, but any nut butter will work)
- ½ cup of honey
- 3 cups of rolled oats
- Line the bottom of a baking pan with parchment paper (8x8 or 9x9 works well, but any pan will do)
- Measure peanut butter and honey into a large bowl
- Place in the microwave and heat at 30-second intervals — stirring in-between — until the two ingredients are melted and smoothly blended together (you can also heat on the stove using a double boiler or equivalent method)
- Stir in rolled oats until evenly combined
- Spread onto baking pan
- Place the baking pan in the fridge for at least 1 hour to help the no-bake oatmeal bars set
- After an hour, cut the bars into squares or rectangles (or any other fun shape) with a sharp knife
- Store uneaten bars at room temperature or in the fridge
Want more easy oatmeal bar recipes? Take a few minutes to read this article from The Soulfull Project blog: 4 Simple Oatmeal Bars Recipes That Anyone Can Make.
6) Hard-Boiled Egg
Another super simple entry on our list of healthy snacks for pregnant women is the humble hard-boiled egg.
Cook up a dozen of these portable, protein-rich snacks Sunday night and you’ll be set for the week.
Yes, peeling a hard-boiled egg does take patience and practice, but once you get the shell off and you sprinkle the egg with a bit of salt and pepper, you’ve got a delicious snack like no other.
7) Vanilla Chia Pudding
- Chia seeds
- Coconut milk
- Measure ¼ cup of chia seeds into a small bowl, glass, or mason jar
- Add 1 cup of your favorite flavor of coconut milk
- Drizzle in ½ tablespoon of honey
- Cover and let sit in the refrigerator overnight
While you sleep, the chia seeds will more than double in size, soften, and take on a pudding- or yogurt-like consistency.
All you have to do in the morning is add your favorite toppings to these delicious snacks for pregnant women and enjoy!
The Secret To Healthy Snacks For Pregnant Women
The secret to whipping up a batch of healthy snacks for pregnant women is to add hot cereal to the recipes on this list.
When you use hot cereal as one of the ingredients in energy balls, smoothie, oatmeal bars, and blueberry muffins, you get all the benefits of a wide variety of grains, including:
That makes good nutritional sense.
And by varying the flavor of the hot cereal you use — such as The Soulfull Project’s Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Almond, Brown Sugar Pecan, Toasted Coconut, or Cinnamon Spice — you can whip up snacks to accommodate any changes in taste that may occur.
Or, you can just eat these delicious flavors hot all by themselves — no mixing or baking required!
If you’re looking for even more healthy, food-allergy-friendly snacks for pregnant women, try Don’t Go Nuts’ many flavors of soy spreads (peanut-free peanut butter) and organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free chewy granola bars. They’re the best!
And, if you want a bit more crunch in your snack food, try The Soulfull Project Crispy Granola, which comes in three delicious flavors: Toasted Coconut, Maple Pecan, and Dark Chocolate Cherry.
To get more information on the serving-for-serving program and to check out all of our delicious products, visit TheSoulfullProject.com today.