Is it OK to snack on foods throughout the day?
Snacking or eating more frequently can certainly be part of a healthy, balanced diet, it’s just important to ensure you’re choosing healthy, nutrient-rich foods as often as you can and not eating above your body’s energy requirements, to prevent excess weight gain. During pregnancy, many women may find it beneficial to eat smaller meals more often, to help manage symptoms of nausea and indigestion and if they find themselves getting fuller quicker than usual.
Some tasty ideas for healthy snacks include:
- A pot of fat-free natural yogurt with plenty of chopped fruit.
- Make a batch of ham and egg muffins and keep in the fridge for a grab-and-go snack.
- Cherry tomatoes, cucumber sticks and strips of pepper are fab finger food for nibbling on. Have with a home-made dip such as a healthy tzatziki made from a pot of fat-free natural yogurt mixed with a crushed garlic clove and grated cucumber.
- Scramble or fry a couple of eggs using low-calorie cooking spray and serve on wholemeal toast.
- A handful of unsalted nuts or seeds. Nuts and seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy unsaturated oils, but just be aware they’re also high in calories so it’s best to enjoy them in measured amounts.