Healthy Pregnancy Snacks
Crunchy Granola Smoothie Pops
How to make them: Blend ten ounces of your favorite frozen fruit along with two cups of plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt, and puree until smooth. Stir in one-third cup of granola, and then pour the mixture into eight Popsicle molds. Freeze for at least six hours.
Edamame Hummus With Pita Chips
How to make it: Edamame hummus may sound exotic, but it takes only minutes to make. Grab your food-processor bowl, and pour in ten ounces of edamame (you can buy ’em frozen, already shelled and cooked), one lemon’s juice and zest, one garlic clove, and a half teaspoon of cumin. Pulse until finely chopped. Continue pureeing while adding in a quarter cup of olive oil in a steady stream until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, grab some whole-wheat crackers or pita chips, and dip away.
Carrot, Raisin, and Walnut Salad
How to make it: In a large bowl, whisk together a quarter cup of low-fat mayonnaise, two tablespoons of honey, and a quarter cup low-fat milk. Stir in four cups shredded carrots, three-quarter cup of raisins, and a third of a cup of chopped walnuts, and toss to combine.
No-Bake Almond-Butter Granola Balls
How to make them: Cook one-third cup honey and one-third cup almond butter in a small saucepan over low heat until it becomes smooth. In a large bowl, combine one cup rolled oats, one cup rice cereal, and a half cup dried cherries or raisins. Pour the warm almond-butter mixture over the dry ingredients and stir it up. Let cool for five minutes and then roll into one-inch balls for bite-size snacking.
Caprese Salad Skewers
How to make them: These healthy pregnancy snacks are actually party-worthy. Stick one cherry tomato, one mini mozzarella ball (made from pasteurized milk), and one basil leaf onto a small wooden skewer. Repeat with five more skewers. Drizzle with two tablespoons olive oil and one tablespoon balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then devour!
How to make it: In a small bowl, mash up half of an avocado with the juice of half a lime. Spread the mixture onto two slices of toasted whole-wheat bread. Sprinkle with one tablespoon of chopped fresh cilantro and salt and pepper to taste.