One way to keep your caloric intake under control while pregnant is just to eat like you normally would, with the help of some healthy snacks sprinkled throughout the day. Get ideas from Alison Sweeney, host of The Biggest Loser and author of The Mommy Diet: A Month-by-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During, and After Pregnancy.
1. Green apple with Parmesan cheese. Yum. This is such a good combo. Cut a medium green apple into wedges and slice 1/2 ounce of Parmesan cheese paper thin. Have a slice of cheese with each apple wedge (about 120 calories).
2. Tomato, mozzarella, and basil. I love a Caprese salad, and this small version of it makes a very satisfying snack. Cut a medium tomato into chunks, combine it with 1 ounce of diced fresh mozzarella, add some fresh basil, and drizzle with just a bit of red wine vinegar (about 100 calories).
3. Greek yogurt with berries. This is one of my all-time favorites. Combine ½ cup of fat-free Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup fresh blueberries or strawberries. Sprinkle it with a little cinnamon for a different flavor (about 120 calories).
4. Medium apple with 2 teaspoons of almond butter or peanut butter. Sweet, crunchy, and satisfying! This is another favorite of mine, and very easy to prepare. Peanut butter, frankly, is a winner. It goes with so much, is a source of protein, and is always delicious. My sister-in-law lived on PB&J sandwiches when she was pregnant, even in the middle of the night. I’m not saying that’s the best idea, but sometimes you have to indulge your cravings. Just keep the amount of peanut butter you consume in check, because it is very calorie dense (about 175 calories).
5. Whole wheat mini pita with 1 ounce of feta, lettuce, and a few halved cherry tomatoes. This is a Greek salad and a pita sandwich all in one (about 135 calories).
6. Baby carrots and hummus. Grab a handful of organic baby carrots (14 to 20) and dip them in 2 tablespoons of hummus. People often use hummus as an excuse to eat chips. Don’t do it. Try carrots instead. They are a great dipping food and go really well with hummus (about 100 calories).
7. Red pepper and tzatziki. Slice up one medium red pepper and dip the slices into ¼ cup tzatziki (about 100 calories).
8. Hard-boiled egg with a sprinkle of sea salt. This is a great source of quality protein, so it’s very satisfying, and it takes care of that salt craving, too. I do it the Martha Stewart way: You put the eggs in a pot with enough water to cover them, bring the water to a boil, and then immediately turn off the heat. Let them sit, covered, for exactly 12 minutes. Works every time (about 90 calories)!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Award-winning actress Alison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet: A Month-by-Month Plan for a Healthy Body and Mind Before, During, and After Pregnancy (Copyright © 2011 by Alison J. Sweeney), balances life as a mom with her roles as host of NBC’s hit reality series The Biggest Loser and as Sami Brady on NBC’s long-running daytime drama Days of our Lives. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, a California Highway Patrol officer, and their five-year-old son, Ben, and two-year-old daughter, Megan.