Eating well is always important, but especially so during pregnancy and the postpartum period. We have reached out to Certified Pregnancy and Postpartum Exercise Specialist, Dahlas Fletcher for her favourite, nutritionist approved, snacks for mums. Enjoy!
As a busy Mama of 3, I know how hard it is to stay well-nourished during your precious pregnancy and motherhood journey. Food should be enjoyed, savoured, eaten slowly and shared with laughter together with family and friends. Eating should always be a positive experience !
However, …. If you are nauseous, tired, concerned about weight gain, or maybe you are just totally over prepping food for the rest of your family, eating well can become a major challenge. One way to overcome this is to focus on nutritious snacks. These are a secret little superpower that I want to share with you.
These 3 nutrient dense snacks are going to help you boost your nutrition and ensure if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you are nourishing you and your baby effectively.
1. Hard Boiled Eggs are a simple but power packed snack. You can also forget the out of date cholesterol worries about eggs and instead learn about the important micronutrient - Choline. This is found in egg yolks and has the same if not more beneficial effects on a developing baby as folate. It is an incredible vitamin and mineral for fetal development. A recent US study found that eating 3 eggs / day increased choline levels in young people by 20%, when compared to daily choline supplementation.
TIP: Purchase an extra dozen eggs when you are at the supermarket boiled them up and keep them in the fridge, eat them as a snack with salt and pepper, smash one on a piece of toasted sourdough or d boiled eggs to your favourite salads like my favourite quinoa salad
2. Smoothies Getting enough protein in your diet is one of the most powerful ways to keep all cells in your body happy and healthy. This includes the millions of cells that are used to grow a baby and produce breast milk. However, if you are exhausted or nauseous the thought of eating or preparing many protein sources, especially meat, can be a challenge. An easy way to overcome this and meet your protein requirements during and after pregnancy is to simply add a