Sensible snacks

Sensible snacks

You may be hungrier than usual during your pregnancy, but if you get the munchies between meals, try not to eat snacks that are high in fat and/or sugar, such as sweets, biscuits, crisps or chocolate.

Try reaching for the fruit bowl instead, which will count towards your five a day, and instead of crisps and salted nuts, which can be high in salt and fat, there are plenty of healthier alternatives.

For easy snack alternatives, try swapping:

  • a blueberry muffin for a currant bun or teacake with some reduced fat spread
  • yoghurt-coated raisins for plain raisins
  • salted nuts for unsalted nuts
  • normal crisps for baked crisps
  • cheese straws for rice cakes with low-fat cream cheese.

Snack ideas: fruit and veg

  • Chunks of melon, strawberries, grapes, or apples – whatever's to hand. Fruit in season is likely to be cheaper
  • A few pieces of dried mango, banana, pineapple, cranberries or raisins. Ready-to-eat apricots, figs or prunes
  • Salad vegetables, such as carrot or cucumber, with hummus
  • Celery sticks filled with reduced fat cream cheese
  • Vegetable and bean soups
  • Baked beans on toast or a baked potato
  • Pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Snack ideas: bread and cereals

  • Sandwiches with grated reduced fat cheese, lean ham, mashed tuna, salmon, or sardines, with salad
  • Pittas and reduced fat dips like salsa or reduced fat hummus
  • Unsweetened breakfast cereals, or porridge, with milk
  • A handful of dry, reduced sugar cereal with a few raisins or sultanas
  • Unsalted rice cakes, corn cakes or oatcakes
  • Homemade popcorn (without sugar or salt).