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High Protein Snacks for Pregnant Women

Updated on July 11, 2011
High protein snacks - Chick peas, dry peas, lentils and beans
High protein snacks - Chick peas, dry peas, lentils and beans

High protein snacks

Snacks high in protein and fiber are a great choice for pregnant women. Protein helps to reduce nausea, and fatigue. Fiber is important for pregnant women to reduce constipation. Protein is an essential nutrient and is needed for the growth and repair of muscles, bones, skin, hair, eyes and other tissues. Protein is found in dairy products, chicken, turkey, fish, grains, lentils, nuts, eggs and seeds. Here are some of the high protein snacks for pregnant women.

List of high protein snacks for pregnant women:

 1. Whole grain crackers: Whole grain crackers can be served with hummus dip, avocado or veggie dip and cheeses. Whole grain crackers packed with good sources of fiber, vitamins, protein and low in fat. Whole grains also help to protect cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity. You can choose different kinds of whole grain such as whole wheat, multi grain, bread, cereal, graham crackers, animal crackers and rolls.

2. Milk and eggs: Milk has great source of calcium which is necessary for pregnant women. Milk is essentail for growth and strong bone structure.

Eggs are a great source of protein. Protein supplies all the essential amino acids, which are the building blocks for hormones, skin, tissues, and more in the body. You can eat eggs as hard boiled, scrambled  or omelette.

3. Fresh fruits and vegetables: Fruit and veggies can be served whole, sliced, cubed, or in wedges. You can add fruits to cereals and smoothies. Vegetables can be eaten with variety of dips. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are essential for pregnancy.

Yogurt parfait
Yogurt parfait

4. Yogurt parfait: Yogurt parfait contains vanilla yogurt, granola and blackberries or strawberries. Add 1/4 cup of low fat yogurt or low fat vanilla yogurt to parfait glass. To this add one teaspoon of granola and few blackberries. Repeat the layers. Yogurt parfait is definitely one of the high protein snacks for pregnant women and easy to make.

5. Nuts: Nuts are a great protein snack for pregnant women. Nuts has fiber and full of antioxidants. Almonds, cashews, and pecans are a great choice. Almond may reduce bad cholesterol, heart disease and weight loss. Pecans contains more antioxidant than other nut. Pecans may reduce the risk of heart disease.

6. Beans salad: Beans has great source of protein, and fiber. You can add beans to soups and salads. Dried and canned beans contains the same benfits, but canned beans contains more sodium. Be sure to drain and rinse well.

7. Smoothies and juices: You can make banana smoothies, berries and apple smoothies. Drizzle with some nuts. Apple juice contains antioxidants, essential nutrients and vitamins. Orange juice contains vitamin C, which is helpful in boosting the immune system.

Granola bars
Granola bars

8. Granola bars and oatmeal cookies: Granola bars contains oats, grains and nuts. It also has good source of fiber and vitamins. Oatmeal contains oats, grains and nuts and also is a perfect healthy snack for pregant women.

9. Whole grain sandwiches: You can make whole grain sandwichwes with chicken, or salmon with tomato and lettuce. You can choose different varieties including multigrain, rolls, whole wheat and breads.

10. Lentil soup: Lentil are a great source of protein, fiber and low in fat. You can make lentil soup or add cooked lentils to soups and salads.

What is your favorite high protein snacks?

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      maan 5 years ago

      tanks! it is really helpful^_^

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      smiley 5 years ago

      For last so many days i was nt sure dat i shud eat papaya...during my pregnancy..finaly i got d answer and much more helpful informration,,,thank u hub..

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      Roshi khan 6 years ago

      very helpful info.

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      michelle 6 years ago

      I'm 6 weeks pregnant can I eat lamb.

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      Shraddha 6 years ago

      Hi I am 6 weeks pregnant and I have cravings for eating fish. Can I eat Salmon and lady fish?

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      kenisha byrd 6 years ago

      It was sum gud information!!!

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      vidah 7 years ago

      i am three weeks pregnancy and i like eating chill it is healthy for me to eat chillies

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      blessedmom 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks for visiting Msorensson. Glad you liked my hub.

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      msorensson 7 years ago

      Lovely hub!!

      I can tell you I was the healthiest eater when I was pregnant. I followed all the rules. If I had read your hub before that, I would have been happier!

      Pregnant women ought to read this, or those who are planning to get pregnant.

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      jgw899 7 years ago from Santa Cruz

      Did this hub make anybody else hungry? Cause I'm STARVING now hehe!! Love this hub though great information/writing.