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During pregnancy, your body deserves only the best snacks to fuel your baby’s growth while keeping your hunger at bay. Healthy snacking has also been proven to help ease morning sickness while also keeping your energy levels up during the day. Picking the perfect snack during pregnancy can be a challenge when your cravings go wild. At 31 weeks pregnant, my cravings have certainly been up, down, and all around! I also find myself getting hungry every two hours; therefore, healthy snacking has been vital to my daily routine.

Here is a list of 10 perfect pregnancy snacks to nibble on throughout the day.

Cottage Cheese with Fresh Fruit:  This is one of the best snacks to eat before bedtime if you are craving something sweet. It will also help you stay full throughout the night with the high protein content so you won’t have to wake up for a midnight snack.  Instead of fruit, some women pair veggies with their cottage cheese and some ladies even eat it alone. As with any dairy, it is important to make sure it has been pasteurized before consumption.

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Low-fat Greek Yogurt: While helping to boost your daily calcium requirements, yogurt will also benefit your pregnancy by improving your digestion. Digestion during pregnancy is slowed by hormones to absorb more nutrients for your growing baby. The live cultures and probiotics found in yogurt will help keep your digestion active and moving and the high amounts of protein will keep you feeling full.

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Whole Grain Crackers with Low-fat Cheddar Cheese: This is a great combination for fiber and calcium. After a workout, I eat whole grain crackers with low-fat cheddar to refuel and energize. Whole grain crackers have been proven to help soothe nausea in early pregnancy; therefore, this would make a perfect first trimester snack.

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Baby Carrots with Hummus: Carrots are packed with fiber and Vitamin A, which plays a vital role in developing your baby’s eyes. One tablespoon of hummus has one gram of protein and contains folic acid and iron. Not to mention, it’s a healthier dip to choose from!

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Granny Smith Apple Slices with Almond Butter: This classic snack pairing helps to keep excess weight gain at bay, making it a perfectly healthy combo. Almond butter contains high levels of Vitamin E and is considered a heart-healthy nut. This is helpful for your cardiovascular system as it works in overtime pumping 50% more blood than it did in your pre-pregnancy state.

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A Glass of Low-Fat or Skim Milk: A glass of milk during pregnancy makes the perfect snack because it increases your daily intake of Calcium in a jiffy! If you need to increase your daily caloric intake per trimester to accommodate your growing baby’s needs, this is a simple way to do so. The calcium will aid in the development of your baby’s growth and replenish your calcium intake in your bones as well.

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Frozen Green Grapes: Frozen green grapes are my go to snack when I am having a sweet tooth. The cold texture, along with the sweetness, tricks my mind into thinking I am eating something similar to ice cream! I have also heard of some moms-to-be eating frozen green grapes during labor to soothe them as a comfort snack. Grapes are filled with lots of antioxidants. Check here for other safe ways to satisfy your sweet tooth while pregnant!

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Trail Mix: Picking a trail mix that contains nuts, seeds, and dried fruits can give you an energy boost throughout the day and also carries a high fiber and folate content. Trail Mix also gives you that satisfaction of crunching as you would if you were eating potato chips. You can make your own trail mix easily to skip the extra sodium! Try my Skinny Blueberry and Almond Trail Mix!

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Dried or Fresh Fruit: Fruits make great snacks because you can also tote them with you wherever you go. They are also packed with nutrients and minerals! Prunes have personally been my staple throughout pregnancy as they help ease constipation and are packed with fiber to keep me feeling full.

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Low-fat String Cheese: Another great snack to tote around with you. During pregnancy, you will require more calcium to aid your growing baby’s bones (and yours!). One stick can carry up to 50% of your daily recommendations for Calcium! I also find string cheese to be fun and entertaining to pull apart.

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So, now you know good food to snack on while pregnant, for more info on the best foods you can eat for your baby, see the Top 10 Foods to Better Your Baby’s Future! And to keep an eye on foods to avoid during your pregnancy check out this chart!