10 Snacks to Eat When You’re Expecting

Updated: Feb. 24, 2021

Here are healthy snacks to eat while you're pregnant to keep you and your baby strong.

1. Soy Nuts

Loaded with protein and packing a serious crunch, soy nuts are a healthy alternative to high fat alternatives like peanuts and chips. Try them raw, roasted, barbecue flavored, or spiced up with wasabi.

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2. String Cheese

This portable treat lets you indulge your cheese craving – but with more calcium and less fat. Pack them for a protein boost on the go.

3. Almonds

Almonds provide an excellent source of Vitamins A and E, which are vital nutrients for you and your baby.

4. Berries

Blueberries, strawberries and blackberries can help satisfy your cravings for sweets and pack a burst of antioxidants for you and your baby. Try adding them to your favorite salad, yogurt, or cereal.

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5. Low-fat milk

Sip on a kid-sized carton of low-fat milk to help make your little one’s bones healthy and strong with Vitamins A and D.

6. Carrots

Not only are baby carrots a healthier alternative to other crunchy snacks like chips, but the fiber will keep your digestive track in shape. Pair baby carrots with hummus or low-fat dip for a crunchy, low-calorie treat.

7. Peanut Butter

Spread the sweet, protein-rich spread on whole wheat toast or a mini-bagel to keep you full and focused. The peanut butter will keep your sweet tooth satisfied and the protein will help build baby’s muscles.

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8. Cottage Cheese

Low-fat cottage cheese provides an excellent source of protein with very little artificial ingredients. As an alternative to low-fat processed yogurt, cottage cheese is an excellent way to give your baby the protein he or she needs.

9. Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry tomatoes are full of antioxidants and pack a tart flavor to suit any sweet tooth. Try them with string cheese or dip them in hummus for a satisfying snack.

10. Popcorn

Whether it’s air-popped or a low-fat microwavable bag, popcorn is full of whole grains and fiber to keep you satisfied. Spice up your bowl with fun ingredients like Parmesan cheese, chili pepper, or cinnamon instead of butter for a crunchy and delicious snack.

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