Various types of healthy snacks to help mothers during each pregnancy stage.

Various types of healthy snacks to help mothers during each pregnancy stage.

Because we care about your health while you’re on the pregnancy period, we will present various types of healthy snacks to help mothers during the pregnancy stage.

As we know that the period of pregnancy equals nine months, so we can divide them into three stages.

The first stage is from the first day to the third month, the second stage is from the third month to the sixth, and the last stage is from the sixth to the ninth.

 We will not only present the snack but also we will provide all the related and needed information in purpose to be comfortable while considering us a guide.

We will start with the snacks which are available at the first stage.

The first one is dark chocolate with Peanut

This snack includes 117 calories per serving. There is a balance between fats, carbs, and protein. It includes 2-gram protein, 8-gram fats, and 9-gram protein.

For other nutrients, it also includes vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and Calcium. All of these nutrients are highly important for pregnant.

Calcium

It helps the mother to maintain her bones and teeth healthy

Iron

It works as an assistant of red blood cells to send the oxygen to the baby

Vitamin A

It has a role to keep your skin in good texture.

Vitamin C

It promotes bones, and it helps in iron absorbing.

Now, let’s get to the ingredients that you need to prepare the meal:

Ingredients:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • 1 banana into slides
  • 3 spoons peanut butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Nuts

How to prepare:

  • cut bananas into slides
  • brush butter
  • bring a baking sheet
  • freeze for 60 min
  • melt dark chocolate chips
  • put the chocolate on the frozen pieces
  • Add the nut on the top
  • get them back to bake
  • freeze them again for an hour
  • keep them in the container
  • eat whenever you want

The second snack is a mixture of nuts, seeds, and dry fruits

It will be preferable if your body receives a balanced amount of nutrients, so this mixture is a good example of balance. In other words, it contains 34-gram carb, 34-gram fats, and 10 gram of protein.

Moreover, it is considered a good source of fiber. As we know that, once the fiber is there, so we can feel full feasibly.

Positively, there is a privilege regarding your health presented by this mixture. It helps you to keep your blood cholesterol level low, because it provides healthy fats.

In addition to that, Hazelnuts and Almond are recommended in this snack regarding their nutrition value.

In other words, hazelnuts include fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin E, and almonds contain protein, calcium, and vitamin E which is good for any pregnant woman.

Caution

You have to know this mixture is rich in calories, so if you want to lose weight during your pregnancy period, this snack will be an improper choice.

Integrations:

  • Almonds – ½ cup
  • Walnuts – ½ cup
  • Raisins – ½ cup
  • Dried apricots – ½ cup
  • Dried cranberries – ½ cup

 The way of preparing:

  • Combine all the ingredients
  • Store the mixture in an air-tight jar.
  • Eat whenever you want

The third snack is Powerball cookies

This type of snack is highly supported people who want to lose weight because it is poor in calories, cholesterol, and fats. In other words, this snack includes 3.6-grams fat, 0 Cholesterol, and 104 calories.

Moreover, it contains 2.0 % Folate and 1.6 % Vitamin B-6 which have a vital role in support the status of the mother during the pregnancy.

In other words, this snack includes a very important element which is Folate. It is Folic Acid which works in purpose to minimize the risk for neural tube defects. It also has a role in blood production.

This case is related to defects in the brain and spinal cord, so we highly recommend using this snack during pregnancy.

Integrations:

  • Peanut butter– 1 cup
  • Honey – 1 cup
  • Oats – 3 cups
  • wheat germ – ½ cup
  • Dark chocolate chips – 1 cup
  • Combination of nuts and soft dried fruits – 1 cup

The way of preparing:

  • Blend butter and honey to a smooth consistency
  • Warm them up to make the blending process easier
  • Add rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  • Using wet hands or cookie scoop
  • prepare balls
  • Store in the refrigerator or freezer

The fourth snack is Berry yogurt parfait

The Nutrition data which Berry yogurt parfait has are 370 Calories which is not acceptable if you want to lose weight.

There is a semi balance between fats, Carbs, and protein. In other words, it contains 8 gram, 5-gram protein, and 68g carbs.

Moreover, this snack is poor in Cholesterol which includes 3%, it keeps your heart in a healthy status.

Integrations:

  • Non-fat Greek yogurt – 2 cups
  • Low-fat granola – 2 spoons
  • A mix of fresh berries

The way of preparing:

  • Rinse and pat dry the berries.
  • Cut them into small pieces.
  • Take parfait glasses or glass bowls.
  • Add a layer of yogurt
  • Followed by a layer of berries, and top with granola.
  • Repeat layering, until the jar or glass bowl is full.
  • Eat fresh.

The fifth snack is Cucumber cantaloupe smoothie

As we know that the best sources of vitamin C are fruits and vegetables, but today we have a unique snack which includes various types of vitamins.

Cucumber cantaloupe smoothie is rich in vitamins which promote it to be a good smoothie for pregnant.

In other words, this snack contains 5.7 % Vitamin B-12, 14.9 % Vitamin B-6, 150.7 % Vitamin C, and 1.9 % Vitamin E.

Simply, every vitamin has a major role to promote the mother’s health during the pregnancy period.

For instance, vitamin C has a vital role in collagen formation which is highly important in blood vessels.

If you ask why the mother needs this, the answer will be that the mother’s need for vitamin C is increased due to the growth of her baby.

In addition to that, it contains several minerals as Calcium 14.6 %, Copper 6.1 %, Folate 12.8 %, Iron 4.0 %,, Magnesium 10.3 %, Manganese 8.2 %, Niacin 7.1 %, Pantothenic Acid 7.6 %, Phosphorus 13.8 %, Riboflavin 11.4 %, Selenium 4.2 %, Thiamin and 7.9 % Zinc.

In other words, every one of these minerals has a good impact on health as general and on pregnant specifically.

For example, the existed enzymes in zinc have an effective role to enhance the structural integrity of proteins which influence the rapidness of cell growth during pregnancy.

As we mentioned before the role of folate during pregnancy is, helping to prevent birth defects in the baby, such as spina bifida.

Last but not least, pregnant women suffer from morning vomiting, this smoothie will help them to overcome morning sickness and nausea

After we present the benefits of Cucumber cantaloupe smoothie:

Ingredients:

  • Cucumber – ½ cup
  • Cantaloupe – 1 cup
  • Low-fat yogurt – ½ cup
  • Fresh mint leaves – 4 to 6
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey – 1 Tsp
  • Lemon zest – 1 tsp

How to prepare it in simple steps

  • Cut the cantaloupe into small pieces.
  • Put them in a blender
  • Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • Blend everything until you get smooth.
  • It will be ready to drink

The sixth snack is Spinach and baby corn soup

This snack is considered an important source of vitamins. It contains two types of vitamins with a high rate which are vitamin A 56% and 13% Vitamin C.

In addition to that, it includes Calcium 30mg and 4% Iron 0.7mg which are important to the bones as we mentioned.

At the positive side, this snack is free from Cholesterol and poor in Fat which is good for pregnant women who are seeking to avoid gaining weight during their pregnancy.

Here are the integrations:

  • Spinach – ¾ cup
  • Baby corn roundels – ¼ cup
  • Butter – 1tsp
  • Onions – ½, finely chopped
  • Milk – 1 ½ cups
  • Corn flour – 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground black pepper – ½tsp

Then, How to make it

  • Bring a ban
  • Heat the butter in a pan.
  • Add onions and sauté
  • Wait two min
  • Add spinach, baby corn
  • Cook for two minutes by stirring.
  • Pour water and milk
  • Let it boil for a couple of minutes.
  • Prepare the cornflour mixture by dissolving corn flour in one tablespoon of cold milk.
  • Now add this cornflour mixture to the above mixture
  • Cook for two minutes.
  • Add salt and cook for one more minute.
  • Stir the mixture continuously while cooking.
  • Now let it cool and blend until you get a smooth consistency.
  • Boil again for a couple of minutes
  • serve hot by topping with pepper powder

To Sum Up

We presented six types of snacks which are suitable for pregnant.

 We provided all the needed and relative information to these snacks in purpose to make you aware of what you eat during your pregnancy period.

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