Everyone gets food cravings from time to time but, during pregnancy – when you’re quite literally eating for two – it’s especially important to listen to your stomach. Your body can prioritize the baby in terms of the vitamins and minerals available around the bloodstream so having a surplus is key to maintaining overall health and happiness across the nine-month process of growth. That being said, we don’t always want to gorge ourselves. Here are three easy and healthy snacks that can be put together at any point during the day, from light and sweet to crisp and savory, to gloriously full of salt.
1. Sushi: Maki, Temaki, Sashimi, Nigiri
Raw fish might seem an odd choice, especially given the potential adverse health effects. Sushi, however, is a flexible and variable type of food. It's a dish that can include whatever fillings and textures your heart so desires at the time, from avocado and cucumber to beef or tuna. There are plenty of guides out there for making sushi at home and, once you’ve got the hang of it, a healthy snack coiled in rice will be at your disposal whenever you feel like it. This one is slightly more complicated than the other two in this list so, if you’re not one for the kitchen, fear not - consider ordering great sushi from one of your town's finest Japanese restaurants - takeaway has gotten a whole lot healthier and a lot more sophisticated as the years have gone by. The variations of sushi are endless, so explore, discover, and tease those pregnant taste buds.
2. Homemade Trail Mix
This one’s especially helpful if you find yourself on the go a lot of the time, whether you’re still at work, traveling the world, or out of the house in the hope of simply getting a bit of fresh air. Trail mix is traditionally a combination of dried fruit and nuts, easily stored in a bag or box for quick access. The great thing about putting together your own set of ingredients is that you cut out the middleman and any potential allergies or less than pleasant flavors.
Try including nuts, any kind, from almonds to cashews, or small chocolate chips or chocolate candies. Any selection of your favorite dried fruits is a great choice; try raisins or currants, if that’s your sort of thing, plus crystallized ginger or miniature pretzels. Whatever you’re craving on a particular day, stick it in the mix and have it on hand from noon until bedtime. The rainbow of nutrition you’ll be putting in your body is packed full of health and goodness, for both you and the baby.
3. Chips and Salsa: Homemade or Store-bought
Simple but often overlooked, having chips and salsa ready to go in the fridge can be a lifesaver from time to time. It’s super quick to prepare, full of veg and seasoning and comes with a fresh bite taste that’s like no other. It only takes a few ingredients and the difference between homemade and store-bought is substantial. That being said, there’s no shame in opening a pot that you didn’t make yourself when energy levels are low. As for the chips, any bag is fine, or make your own at home by toasting sliced tortillas in the oven with olive oil and seasoning.
So there we have it: three flavorful snacks for three different types of craving. Treat yourself well, eat plenty, and drink just as much water. Your body, not to mention the small growing human inside of it, will thank you for it.