Junk food is becoming more popular as pregnant women seek to balance out the calorie overload and avoid weight gain.
But as we grow older and become less likely to eat healthy, we are increasingly finding our diets to be riddled with junk food that is packed with sugar and unhealthy fats, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
Snacks with added sugar and fat: Sweetened or not, sweetened foods are the new fad in pregnancy.
These snacks can be loaded with sugar, protein, fat and other unhealthy ingredients.
There’s nothing inherently unhealthy about these snacks and the best way to get your kids to eat a healthier diet is to limit them to a reasonable amount of them, said Elizabeth Hitt, an associate professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
If you’re trying to limit the amount of food your kids eat, there are two important things you can do: Limit your sweetened or sugar-sweetened food intake, or use a variety of healthy snacks for your family.
Here are some of the best snacks for pregnant women to enjoy during pregnancy.
1/5 Fruit, veggies, and fruit snacks: This list of fruits and veggies is filled with healthy choices.
Try to get fruits and vegetables that are at least three-quarters of an ounce (200 grams) of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains.
Fruit snacks can also include nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, and other fruits and low-fat dairy products.
2/5 Whole-grain breakfast cereal: Whole-wheat breads and breads made with whole-grain flour are popular options, as are muffins and pancakes.
Whole-meal breads are also more healthy than breads that are made with refined flour.
They have more fiber, iron, and vitamin B12.
3/5 Vegetable stir-fry: The stir-fried vegetable stir-feast is a popular way to cook a variety in your home kitchen.
It’s also an option for people who have allergies to eggs, and for those who have celiac disease.
There are many stir-fiets to choose from, including vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and soy-free.
4/5 Yogurt: You can make your own yogurt at home.
You can also get yogurt in the form of yogurts made from milk or cream, and you can add yogurt to fruit, vegetable and fruit-based recipes.
Yogurt can be made with water or milk and can be sweetened with honey or maple syrup.
5/5 Snack to boost your energy: If you can, try to take in more calories when you eat.
For some, this means adding protein and carbohydrates to their diet.
This will increase their metabolism and help you stay healthy during pregnancy, and it’s also a good way to burn calories.
You may also be able to make some extra protein with these healthy snacks.
1 /5 Fruit and veggies, whole grain, and protein: There are a number of fruit snacks for kids to try, including strawberries, nectarines, mangoes, pears, peaches, and cranberries.
Many of these snacks are packed with fiber, minerals and vitamins, which can help to support a baby’s digestive system during pregnancy and beyond.
Whole grain breakfast cereal, almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk: These three types of breakfast cereal are packed full of protein and low in fat.
Almond milk is also full of minerals and antioxidants that help to protect the developing baby’s developing body from harmful chemicals during pregnancy as well as during lactation.
Protein shake: There’s a lot of protein in this shake.
Most shake recipes use a combination of protein powder, whey protein, and flaxseed powder to help support baby’s muscle mass.
You should also get enough protein from vegetables, fruits and whole-wheats for your baby’s weight gain, which is typically around 30 grams (2 ounces) per day.
Banana, apple, and orange smoothies: These are a great way to add healthy fiber to your diet during pregnancy or after delivery.
The banana, apple and orange flavors are rich in protein and are also full, of fiber, of vitamins A, B1 and B2.
Fruit, vegetable, and whole grain snack: These snacks are great for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding, including babies, toddlers and preschoolers.
There is no need to be a nutritionist during pregnancy to help you make these healthy snack options.
All you need to do is choose healthy snacks that are not loaded with added sugars and that are packed high in fiber.