7 Healthy on-the-go snacks for pregnant women and new moms
If I got a penny for the amount of times I have been asked, “What’s a good healthy snack I could eat while I am on-the-go”…frankly I’d be on an island somewhere. There’s a constant battle to find a healthy and nutritious snack that will both satisfy your taste buds and your appetite. As a dietitian and new mom, I am constantly looking for food products that fit the aforementioned criteria.
Here are a few I’ve been enjoying recently:
Lenka has been making fresh, delicious, all-natural granola bars for 6 years now. Made with organic granola, there’s four different types to choose from: Nuts and Berries, Omega, Cranberry Granola, and Berry Omega. While I was breastfeeding, I found both the Berry Omega and the Nuts and Berries Bar helped keep my milk supply constant. Not only are the Omega bars a good source of Omega 3 and 6, but they also provide 9g of protein. In Manhattan, I’ve been able to find them at boutique coffee shops, but you can also place an order directly on their website.
Siggi’s yogurt has been a favorite of mine since becoming a mom. The yogurt brand lives by using simple yet authentic ingredients, which is what gives it the true flavor. The milk is locally sourced and does not use any growth hormones. Plus, this higher protein and lower in sugar yogurt is an excellent on-the-go snack. Add to a ¼ cup of granola or berries and make your own parfait!
Adora Calcium Supplement
These chocolate chews are available in organic dark and milk chocolate, certified by QAI using Rainforest Alliance Certified™ cocoa, and will certainly satisfy that sweet tooth. If your doctor approves, each Adora® Calcium Supplement disk delivers 500 mg of calcium and now has double the amount of vitamin D3 – 500 IU – for enhanced calcium absorption. At only 30 calories each, they provide 100% of the daily value of calcium plus vitamin D3 and magnesium for optimal absorption, and are made without GMO’s. Calcium is an important mineral for bone health and especially during pregnancy.
Kettle Brand’s Real Sliced Potatoes
Craving something savory to go with that burger or sandwich? These chips, which come in five different flavors, will satisfy in a healthful way! What I love most about them is that their ingredient list is rather short. Plus, Kettle Brand is the first potato chip brand to be verified using NON-GMO ingredients.
Outshine Yogurt Bars
These new to the market yogurt bars are absolutely delicious. The yogurt — which is the main ingredient — is made from scratch by the Outshine team and then made into bars. Flavors include strawberry, pineapple, lemon, blueberry and peach are made with real fruit or fruit juice. Each bar is 90 calories and contains 5g of protein, and there’s no artificial flavors or colors (this includes NO high fructose corn syrup).
While Luna bars aren’t a new name to the market, they are certainly innovating in their flavor offerings. With a gluten-free selection now available, you can enjoy flavors like Chocolate Cupcake, which has 9 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 70% organic ingredients. For those with a history of gestational diabetes or borderline blood sugars, these bars are also considered low glycemic. The Luna protein line of flavors provides 12g of protein per bar and 3g of fiber. These bars are also a good source of calcium, folic acid, iron and Vitamin D (important for prenatal and postnatal lifestyles).
Fruit and Nuts
It’s easy to put together your own healthy snacks with a simple combination of fruits and nuts. Easy options include a medium-sized fruit such as an apple or ¼- ½ cup of mixed nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pecans. Both nutritious options!
[This article is previously posted in WellRoundedny.com on Mar 11, 2015]