11 Healthy Indian Snack Ideas For Pregnant Women

Overview

Pregnancy is one of the many exciting experiences that can happen in a woman’s life. A mother-to-be needs a balance of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, proteins, and fats as a healthy diet. Cravings during pregnancy, be it sweet, salty, sour, or spicy is a common thing. While certain cravings may indicate a nutritional need, many can be attributed to the stimulating hormones.

The right amount of calories during pregnancy for a normal-weight woman is:

  • About 1,800 calories per day during the first trimester
  • About 2,200 calories per day during the second trimester
  • About 2,400 calories per day during the third trimester

All pregnancy meals must be healthy. In the world today, convenience foods are the ones which are easily chosen when one gets hungry. Homemade food is the very best approach to be eating healthy during the very first trimester. If you’re wondering what snacks to munch on, here’s a list of 11 healthy snacks rich in proteins, calcium, carbohydrates, and other nutrients, which keeps unhealthy cravings at bay.

1. Porridge

11 Healthy Indian Snack Ideas for Pregnant Women - Porridge

Oats or broken wheat porridge is a good source of energy. It releases energy over a long period of time since it digests more slowly than refined cereal. Make your porridge nutrient-rich by adding fresh fruits, a variety of nuts or even sprouts and chopped vegetables if you prefer savory dishes. It contains soluble fiber, which is good for your heart and helps to prevent constipation.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 157 calories

  • Total Fat – 2.1 g (Saturated Fat – 1 g)
  • Carbohydrates – 31.9 g (Dietary Fiber – 3.7 g)
  • Protein – 4.3 g
  • Cholesterol – 2 mg
  • Sugar – 12 g
  • Vitamin A – 96 IU
  • Vitamin C – 5 mg
  • Calcium – 57 mg
  • Iron – 1 mg
  • Thiamin – o mg
  • Niacin – 2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 49 mg
  • Folate – 20 mcg

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2. Fruit Smoothies

Healthy Indian Snack Ideas - Fruit Smoothies for Pregnant Women -

Blend together apples, bananas, raspberries, mangoes, milk or curd and prepare smoothies at home. These fruit smoothies are flavorsome, packed with antioxidants and rich in calcium, proteins which relieve fatigue.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 118 calories

  • Total Fat – 0.6g (Saturated Fat: 0.0g)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 16 mg
  • Potassium – 443 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 28.5 g (Dietary Fiber: 3.8 g)
  • Protein – 1.6 g
  • Sugars – 20 g
  • Vitamin A – 39 IU
  • Vitamin C – 129 mg
  • Calcium – 36 mg
  • Iron – 1 mg
  • Thiamin – 0 mg
  • Niacin – 1 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 30 mg
  • Folate – 43 mcg

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3. Sprouts

sprout

Sprouts are an extraordinary supplement rich tidbit. They are a great source of iron and fiber. Add raw sprouts in a salad or mix with curd to make raita.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 230 calories

  • Total Fat – 14.8 g (Saturated Fat: 2.0 g)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 259 mg
  • Potassium – 430 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates 22.2 g (Dietary Fiber – 4.9 g)
  • Protein – 6g
  • Sugars – 11 g
  • Vitamin A – 701 IU
  • Vitamin C – 58 mg
  • Calcium – 51 mg
  • Iron – 2 mg
  • Thiamin – 0 mg
  • Niacin – 2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 81 mg
  • Folate – 62 mcg

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4. Whole-wheat Sandwich

Whole-wheat Sandwich

A sandwich can be refreshing and easy to make. Try putting a cucumber or tomato and if you are a non-veggie lover, you can include a cut of chicken. Include lettuce for additional crunch and fiber

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 150 calories

  • Total Fat – 2 g (Saturated Fat – 0 g)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 260 mg
  • Potassium – 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 28 g (Dietary Fiber – 2 g)
  • Sugars – 5 g
  • Protein – 6 g
  • Calcium – 8%
  • Iron – 10%
  • Thiamin – 10%
  • Riboflavin – 6%
  • Calcium – 8%

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5. Dhokla

Dhokla

High in taste, low on calories, dhoklas are a great snack option. These are generally high in probiotics, which help in digestive problems. Adding boiled vegetables like carrots, french beans and corn to the batter make it nutrient rich.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 136 calories

  • Total Fat: 11 g (Saturated Fat – 3 g)
  • Cholesterol – 4 mg
  • Sodium – 213 mg
  • Potassium – 0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 17 g (Dietary Fiber – 2 g)
  • Protein – 8 g
  • Sugars – 6 g
  • Vitamin A – 1%
  • Vitamin C – 1%
  • Calcium – 12%
  • Iron – 7%

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6. Upma

upma

Upma is just suji or semolina mixed with vegetables. The vegetables are great sources of nutrients, which is rich in protein and fiber.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 563 calories

  • Total Fat – 23.4 g (Saturated Fat – 7.0g)
  • Cholesterol  -16 mg
  • Sodium – 43 mg
  • Potassium – 509 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 75 g (Dietary Fiber – 5.6 g)
  • Protein – 14.2 g
  • Sugar – 6 g
  • Vitamin A – 1180 IU
  • Vitamin C – 93 mg
  • Calcium 69 mg
  • Iron 2 mg
  • Thiamin – 0 mg
  • Niacin – 6 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 85 mg
  • Folate – 95 mcg

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7. Kheer

kheer

You’re bound to have cravings for sweet things and a wholesome dessert is perfect. Try making suji, rice or sabudana kheer. For a light, easy-to-digest, low-fat version, use can use double toned milk and substitute sugar with jaggery.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 563 calories

  • Total Fat – 33.4 g (Saturated Fat – 24.0g)
  • Cholesterol – 10 mg
  • Sodium – 99 mg
  • Potassium – 627 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 48.2 g (Dietary Fiber – 3.3 g)
  • Protein – 11.3 g
  • Sugar – 22 g
  • Vitamin A – 272 IU
  • Vitamin C – 2 mg
  • Calcium – 195 mg
  • Iron – 4 mg
  • Thiamin – 0 mg
  • Niacin – 3 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 96 mg
  • Folate – 29 mcg

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8. Poha

poha

Flattened rice (poha) can be a healthy snack with chopped vegetables such as carrots, tomatoes, onions, beans or roasted peanuts added in.  You can add a few drops of lime juice for that punch and the vitamin C.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 360 calories

  • Total Fat: 54 g (Saturated Fat – 1.1 g)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Carbohydrates – 69 g (Dietary Fibre – 3 g)
  • Sugar – 2.5 g
  • Protein – 6.8 g
  • Vitamin A – 8%
  • Vitamin C – 29%
  • Calcium – 4%
  • Iron – 22%

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9. Baked Samosa

baked samosa

The baked version of a samosa tastes as good as the calorie dripping fried version but it is healthier! Stuffing your samosa with vegetables, sprouts or chicken mincemeat and baking it tastes heavenly.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 315 calories

  • Total Fat – 18.7 g (Saturated Fat – 4.0 g)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 396 mg
  • Potassium – 325 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 32.7 g (Dietary Fiber – 3.9 g)
  • Protein – 4.9 g
  • Sugar – 1 g
  • Vitamin A – 192 IU
  • Vitamin C – 13 mg
  • Calcium – 26 mg
  • Iron – 2 mg
  • Niacin – 3 mg
  • Magnesium – 27 mg
  • Folate – 49 mcg

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10. Fruit Salad

fruit salad

Fruits have been recognized as a rich source of vitamins and minerals, vitamin A and C deficiencies. People who eat fruit regularly have a reduced risk of diseases. Just mix slices of fruits with chaat masala, black salt, to give it a tangy taste.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 155 calories

  • Total Fat – 0.6 g (Saturated Fat – 0.0 g)
  • Cholesterol – 0 mg
  • Sodium – 5 mg
  • Potassium – 451 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 39 g (Dietary Fiber – 4.5 g)
  • Protein – 1.8 g
  • Sugar – 29 g
  • Vitamin A – 204 IU
  • Vitamin C – 94 mg
  • Calcium – 45 mg
  • Iron – 1 mg
  • Thiamin – 0 mg
  • Niacin – 1 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 31 mg
  • Folate – 45 mcg

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11. Corn Chaat

corn chat

Corn is very popular among Indians. Moreover, corn provides vitamin B6 and fiber to the body. You can steam the corn, and add some lime juice and pepper to get a tangy taste. You can even add tomatoes and onions.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 155 calories

  • Total Fat – 12.5 g (Saturated Fat – 7.0 g)
  • Cholesterol – 31 mg
  • Sodium – 181 mg
  • Potassium – 434 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates – 16.8 g  (Dietary Fiber – 3 g)
  • Protein – 3.5 g
  • Sugars – 4 g
  • Vitamin A – 659 IU
  • Vitamin C – 20 mg
  • Calcium – 21 mg
  • Iron – 2 mg
  • Thiamin – 0 mg
  • Niacin – 2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 – 0 mg
  • Magnesium – 43 mg
  • Folate – 59 mcg

To view corn chaat recipe click here

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Conclusion

Having a baby is hard work for a woman’s body so it’s very important that you eat right. Some dietitians recommend that you eat every two hours for a boosted metabolism. So include these healthy homemade snacks in your diet to promote a healthy pregnancy. These contain folate, potassium and essential vitamins making them all great snack options to satisfy your hunger pangs and help your baby grow and develop naturally.

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