When I’m pregnant, I get HUNGRY and itâ€™s a very different kind of hunger – an â€˜if I don’t eat right now I might keel overâ€™ sort of hungry. I also get hungry for very specific things, namely carbs and sugar. I’ve learnt to accept that the first trimester is a write-off nutrition-wise and generally eat whatever will keep the nausea at bay (see sugar and carbs, above). However, by the second trimester I like to try to reign myself in a bit.
You see, although there are differing opinions on this front, the scientific consensus is that you don’t actually need to eat many extra calories when you’re pregnant. Obviously, I expect to gain some weight when I’m pregnant and thatâ€™s fine, but I’d rather try to eat sensibly in the hope that I won’t gain too many surplus pounds. Plus, I just feel better when I’m eating plenty of fruit, veg and good things. Not forgetting that I want to make sure the baby I’m growing is getting everything it needs too.
While I try to eat three healthy meals a day, most days I do need a little snack (or two) in between and there are a few healthy options that I try to keep nearby so that if I have a hunger attack, I donâ€™t end up eating a chocolate bar. Just to be clear, this is very much a best-case scenario; I’d say I only actually eat like this about 50% of the time at the moment, but I keep trying! Also, these snacks are of course suitable for people who arenâ€™t pregnant as well.
Normally, I try not to eat too much fruit as it’s very sugary. But I figure itâ€™s better to eat fruit than a pastry – plus I find it really satisfies a sweet craving. Iâ€™m not sure if itâ€™s just me, but I love really juicy fruits when Iâ€™m pregnant – right now I can’t wait for peaches and watermelons to come into season. Another great snack is peanut butter (or my favourite, almond butter) spread onto apple slices.
I like to eat half a sliced banana or a handful of blueberries, some Greek yoghurt and a handful of granola as a substitute for biscuits during that afternoon slump when the snack cravings threaten to take over.
Toast is not that healthy, but sometimes you just need it and itâ€™s much better with some mashed avocado on top. Even better with a fried egg, too.
Hummus and oat cakes
This is a good snack for work because you can buy those individual packets that contain five or so biscuits. Carrot/pepper/cucumber sticks with hummus would be an even more virtuous snack, but that never really cuts it for me!
Always good to have in your bag for an emergency. Tesco do little bags of roasted nuts that are amazing.
Iâ€™ve relied on smoothies heavily during this pregnancy so far, making one whenever I need a healthy boost or feel Iâ€™ve been overdoing it with the toast and fried eggs. In fact, I’ve drank so many smoothies recently that at the moment I canâ€™t stomach them! However I still really like this blueberry and oat one. If a green smoothie is called for, this is my go-to recipe. And this creamy chai breakfast smoothie is still on my list to try.
Do you get crazy hungry when youâ€™re pregnant or not so much? What are your go-to healthy snacks?