- Why Is It Important To Snack During Pregnancy?
- Top 10 Healthy Indian Snacks For Pregnancy
- Healthy Pregnancy Snacks For Work
- Eating Right And Healthy During Pregnancy
Why Is It Important To Snack During Pregnancy?
During pregnancy, your body is working overtime to provide nutrition to your baby. Your baby and you need a constant supply of energy, hence eating at regular intervals becomes a necessity. Moreover, pregnancy symptoms like nausea and heartburn will be combated if instead of eating 3 large meals you eat smaller meals every few hours. Now that does not mean you need to be in the kitchen all the time! You need to simply check out the below options that are healthy, require less effort, can be easily packed and carried, and are healthy. These tempting snacks will keep you wanting more!
Top 10 Healthy Indian Snacks For Pregnancy
Presented below are ten easy, homemade snacks recipes with plenty of proteins, carbohydrates, fibers etc. to help you beat the pregnancy hunger pangs. The best part about these recipes is, you do not need to do much to get them ready and you can enjoy these anytime, anywhere. Packed with essential nutrients, these recipes which will also help you to deal with morning sickness, exhaustion and fatigue during pregnancy:
1. Sprouts Bhel:
The famous Indian street food – the ever-so tangy bhel can be transformed into healthy bhel for expecting mothers with some variations. Take some puffed rice(murmura), steamed sprouts, finely chopped onion, tomato and boiled potato, finely chopped green chilly (as per your taste) and coriander leaves. Add to this some sev. Add some tamarind sauce, a pinch of amchur (mango powder), and salt. Mix all these ingredients well. Sprinkle some chaat masalaand relish the treat
Nutritional Value: Puffed rice is rich in Proteins and Vitamin B. Sprouts makes the bhel even more nutritious
It is easy to make and rich in soluble fibers. Just add water or milk to oatmeal and microwave. Add some raisins to make it even healthier. Enjoy this healthy snack anytime. Avoid those comes with a tag “instant oat meals” as they may contain some flavor or color which may not be good for you.
Nutritional Value:Healthy carbohydrates and fiber and potassium
Smoothies can really help you to deal with the fatigue or exhaustion and make you feel fresh.Instead of going out for smoothie that may be high in sugar and will also add to calories, prepare one at home using any fruit of your choice(avoid Papaya) like apple, mango, blueberries or raspberries. If you want your smoothie to be thick, choose frozen fruit. Cut the fruit into small pieces and blend it with the help of blender. Pour milk on it, add some ice cubes and blend it again to make puree. Do not overload it with too much of sugar. Smoothie is ready!
Nutritional Value: Fruits, milk and yogurt- calcium, proteins and loads of essential nutrients
4. Homemade masala papad:
Prefer roasted papad (urad dal papad) instead of going for fried ones. You need finely chopped tomato, cucumber, onion, radish, coriander leaves. Mix these ingredients and spread it over roasted papad .Sprinkle some mango powder, salt and chaat masala and serve. It is one the best ways to eat salad if you do not like to eat the big chunks!
Nutritional Value: Full of vitamins and nutrition
5. Quick fruit chaat:
Collect all the fruits available at home and cut them into small pieces. Take these pieces in a bowl. Add roasted cumin seed powder, black salt, chaat masala, lemon juice, chilli powder, green chutney, imli chutney and salt to taste. Toss them well and sprinkle few leaves of coriander and mint. You may also use yogurt if you do not want to use chutneys.
Nutritional Value:This bowl is full of carbohydrates, proteins and iron
6. Aloo paneer chaat:
Cut boiled potatoes and paneer in small cubes .Fry these two in a pan using very little oil. Keep them aside. Fry some green peas and grated ginger in oil separately. Mix all these ingredients together and add green chilli, chaat masala, salt, lemon juice to taste. Toss them well and garnish it with chopped coriander.
Nutritional Value: This recipe is rich in calcium
7. Bajra Khakhras:
To ease morning sickness, you may try these crunchy khakhras full of carbohydrates. It is very simple to prepare, the way you make paranthas! Make firm dough mixing bajra flour, whole wheat flour, and ginger-garlic paste, green chili, sesame seeds, turmeric powder, oil & salt together. Roll it like chapattis or parathas. Cook them on hot tava, using little oil/ghee/butter till crisp.
Nutritional Value: Carbohydrates
8. Mix of peanuts, murmura (puffed rice), Bengal gram:
It is easy to make and very light to eat. Just mix roasted peanut, roasted grams, roasted murmura and salt together. Store it in an airtight container and grab a handful when you feel like munching something.
Nutritional Value: Proteins, carbohydrates and minerals
9. Sweet potato chips:
Grate sweet potato into thin slices and coat them with a bit of cinnamon and sugar. Now bake them for 1 hour at 250 degrees. Do not forget to check the oven after 15 minute interval. If cooked properly, these crispy chips can be very delicious and may be stored for later use.
Nutritional Value: Fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and B6
You can try any sandwich at home with some variations like instead of making it with white bread use brown or multi-grain bread. Keep sliced thin cucumber, tomato, potato or radish, onion (anything you feel like eating) between two bread slices and enjoy a yummy sandwich! Add a slice of cheese or a chicken patty (cooked properly) and enjoy them toasted, grilled or plain.
Nutritional Value: Proteins, carbohydrates and other minerals
Healthy Pregnancy Snacks For Work
If you are working, then you will not have the time to hit the kitchen top again and again and cook yourself something to eat. Your best bet is food that can be easily stored, carried in boxes and gets stored in your work desk drawer. The challenge is to balance your diet with essential carbohydrates, minerals,proteins, and vitamins.
Hard boiled eggs, idlis and upmas, soups, salads, corn, nuts and seeds all make for healthy work snacks during pregnancy. Chips and cheese, carrots with a dip, dried or fresh fruit are other easy and quick options. These snacks will not need to be cooked, and will keep your stomach full and happy for a couple of hours. It is important that you have a snack every few hours, to keep up the constant supply of energy for both you and the baby. Eating at regular intervals will also help you fight nausea, heartburn and acidity.
Eating Right And Healthy During Pregnancy
Eating right and healthy is not only recommended for expecting moms, but it is necessary for the baby’s growth and development. Pregnant women are advised to eat at-least six times a day, including 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables. It is very common to have cravings during pregnancy, but one must restrain to munch on unhealthy options. It is undoubtedly easier to reach for that bag of chips and soda, but such unhealthy food can cause problems to you as well as the baby. Also, you should know what is safe to eat and what is not during this period. Essentially, the below snack items should be avoided:
- Packaged noodles, pastas and spaghetti
- Frozen prepared meals/snacks/meat/fish
- Packaged lunch or snack options
Have a healthy pregnancy!