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Monday, August 12, 2013

Easy & Healthy Snacks for Work

Being pregnant at work is not easy.

You may find yourself starving halfway through the morning, way before lunch time.
If you walk past the candy bowl or the vending machine several times a day with those hunger pangs taunting you, it can be easy to grab Doritos or a Honeybun which are both not fantastic choices.

I am all about indulging on occasion.  Now that I'm pregnant, I may find a way to indulge once a day even (keep in mind I am still running, practicing prenatal yoga, and taking water aerobics.)  However, if you don't plan, it can become very easy to indulge multiples times a day/week.  Those indulgences will not keep you satisfied nor will they help with the extra weight gain already happening.

The most important thing to remember when snacking is that you are providing nutrition the baby needs.  I've read over and over that we really only need, on average, an extra 300 calories during pregnancy.  Most women take this opportunity to eat whatever we want without abandon.  I am definitely having more than normal, but I'm trying to listen to what my body needs.  So I've come up with several snacks that are quick, easy, healthy, and satisfying for the work place.
healthy snacks while pregnant

healthy snacks while pregnant by coachgaines on Polyvore

If you pick up a snack like a bag of Doritos or a Honeybun or a candy bar, chances are you will be hungry within an hour or so.  Those choices will not satisfy your hunger.  They might satisfy your tastebuds, but eventually you will need something else to curb your cravings.  And let's just be honest, none of us need the extra calories and sugar, especially when pregnant.

With a little planning, you can be sure to have healthy snacks on hand each day.  Buy snack size ziploc bags and fill them with raw almonds, carrots, berries, trail mix, or edamame.  Fix a small cup of peanut butter or hummus to dunk those fruits or vegetables in.  I prepare all of my snacks along with my lunch the night before.  In today's world of fast pace, convenience there are so many healthy pre-packaged options.  Recently, Influenster invited me to test out the Lifeway Kefir products.  They offer a variety of different products ranging from cheese to frozen treats. 

Kefir is one of the best probiotics out there.  It gives your body the good bacteria it needs to aid your immune system.  It has a similar taste and texture to yogurt you drink, but contains more live and active cultures.  I tried the strawberry cultured milk smoothie.  I'm going to be completely honest; I was skeptical.  When I poured it into my glass for the first time I was afraid of how it would feel in my mouth and what the after taste would be.  I have to admit, I really liked it!  What a tasty way to get some healthy bacteria into your diet.

I had some difficulty locating it in my small town, but they carry it in most Walmarts and Lowes' Foods if you are interested in trying it.  I will definitely be purchasing it again.  Drink up!

*I was compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own.*
still being [molly]

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7 comments:

  1. I love eating healthy snacks like almonds and berries. Drinking smoothies is also high on my list! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Great post! Hope you will continue to link up with Mouthwatering Mondays!

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  3. i agree! eating healthy while pregnant is SUPER hard!! you are awesome and i know you're gonna stay so healthy throughout yours!!

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  4. I've heard great things about Kefir! Those snacks are so yummy :)

    xo,
    Angela

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  5. I loved my Lifeway Drink as well, I had the Strawberry one too! It was definitely different but totally good:)

    Thanks for linking up with us love!

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  6. Probiotics are awesome and I would much rather drink it in a yummy drink than take it in a pill. :)

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  7. Love these! Great minds think alike ;) thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Steph
    Livinginthemoment27.blogspot.com

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