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).