Getting enough protein is especially important for pregnant women. It can keep you full of energy and can help your baby grow and develop properly. Many experts even think that protein filled snacks can ease morning sickness and help prevent preterm labor.
Doctors recommend getting around 75 to 100 grams of protein each day during pregnancy. Keep reading to find out some great snack ideas that are filled with protein.
What a versatile snack, cottage cheese. A ½ cup serving contains about 15 grams of protein, and there are hundreds of ways to eat it… In lasagna, with fruit added, with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a few raisins, or even plain.
Beans are another great way to get the extra protein that you need during pregnancy. You can add them to salads, to rice dishes, wrap them up in tortillas, the possibilities are endless.
You’ll get about 15 grams of protein per cup, and added bonus: they help to combat constipation as well.
A great versatile high protein snack, eggs can be eaten many ways. Boil up a bunch and keep them on hand for a quick breakfast, lunch or snack. Scramble them with cheese and fresh veggies, or bake up a frittata. Yum!
Oatmeal is a great way to get your daily protein in a warm, filling breakfast. You can make oatmeal so many different ways, it never has to get old. Choose slow cooking oats or steel cut oats for the best nutritional value, and make sure to add some fresh fruit for a well-balanced breakfast.
Cheap, easy and convenient, protein bars can be a great choice for those days when pregnancy just has you completely wiped out. There are many different brands and flavor varieties, and the protein content varies, so make sure to check carefully before deciding on a bar for you.
If you aren’t in the mood for meat, nuts can be a great way to get some added protein during your pregnancy. They are a perfect portable snack, so you can take them wherever you go.
An added bonus is that nuts contain Omega-3 fatty acids, which are critical for baby’s healthy brain development.
Yogurt is a great high protein snack, especially Greek yogurt. Greek yogurts can contain up to 18 grams of protein, double the amount of regular yogurts. There are tons of yummy flavors to choose from, so your taste buds will never be bored when you go Greek.