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5 Healthy Homemade Snacks to Eat While Pregnant

October 19, 2015 in About Pregnancy, Nutritional Insightsby admin
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Pregnancy often gifts you new taste turn-ons every day. Pickles and Ice-creams may seem like heaven on a plate when you are pregnant. But, instead of satiating your cravings with not-too-healthy snacks, try to overcome your salt craving with healthier homemade versions!

Healthy snacks, typically mean, nutrient-dense foods that can satisfy the cravings while keeping you energized. Healthy snacking is important during pregnancy as it is an added source of nourishment for the baby to help fulfil additional requirements and not just pile up empty calories. Healthy snacking, in fact, will ease the pregnancy-related uneasiness like acidity, nausea, heartburn etc.

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A healthy eating habit favours your baby’s good health and yours too!

So, the next time when you crave for something spicy and tangy, try one of these healthy pregnancy snacks!

1. RAJMA KABAB: (1 serving=3pcs)

Ingredients Method Health Tip – Rajma
  • Bengal gram dal
  • Rice
  • Oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Buttermilk
  • Mustard
  • Salt
  • Coriander & Curry leaves
  • Soak Bengal gram dal & rice overnight in water.
  • Drain off the water.
  • Make this mixture a fine paste using buttermilk.
  • Allow it to ferment for about 4-5 hours & add salt.
  • Make the consistency lighter adding buttermilk.
  • Pour this mixture on a greased plate of about half inch thickness.
  • Steam this in a pre-heated pressure cooker for 15-20minutes.
  • Prepare a seasoning of oil, mustard, sesame seeds, curry leaves
  • Once the dhokla cools, cut this into cubes.
  • Pour the seasoning on this & serve with pudina chutney.
  • Are more nutritious than their unfermented counterparts. Microorganisms break down complex compounds making the texture smooth and hence, enhance digestibility.
  • Synthesize vitamins and growth factors.
  • Decrease fat deposition, stimulate metabolism, normalise the stomach acidity and protect the stomach & intestine lining.

Total calorie: 227k.cal

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Snacks for Pregnant Women
Snacks for Pregnant Women – image via Rennie.ie

2. RAGI COCONUT LADOO: (1serving=2medium sized)

Ingredients Method Health Tip – Ragi
  • Sprouted ragi flour
  • Pinch of salt(optional)
  • Fresh grated coconut/Desiccated coconut
  • Jaggery-Grated
  • Roasted almond/Peanut powder.
  • Milk
    • To the sprouted ragi flour mixture, add a pinch of salt, grated coconut, roasted almond/peanut powder, and grated jaggery.
    • Sprinkle milk to give some dampness.
    • Mix the whole lot, allow it to stand for 20-25 minutes.
    • Roll them into small lemon size balls & serve.

OR

  • Instead of adding fresh coconut to the ragi flour mixture, use desiccated coconut to just roll the ladoos –as a final touch.
  • The remaining method of preparation is the same.
  • Is the richest source of calcium (among plant foods) that aids in refilling the increased Calcium needs in pregnancy (ossification of baby’s bones in-utero).
  • Helps to deal with pregnancy-induced anaemia.
  • Is satiety- enhancing cereal

Total calories: 309k.cal

Must Read: Impact of nutritional deficiencies in pregnancy 

3. VEG CUTLETS: (1 serving=3pcs)

Ingredients Method Health Tip – Vegetables
  • Carrot
  • Peas
  • Double beans
  • French beans
  • Raw plantain
  • Coloured capsicum
  • Oats powder
  • Bread powder
  • Oil
  • Coriander & Curry leaves
  • Chat masala
  • Ginger paste/Dry ginger powder
  • Salt
  • Green chilli paste
  • Cut all the vegetables except capsicum & pressure cook/steam them.
  • Finely chop the capsicum.
  • Mash all the boiled vegetables, add chat masala, ginger powder, salt, chilli paste, chopped capsicum, coriander, curry leaves & powdered oats for binding.
  • Make it into cutlet shape & Tawa fry them or just bake them.
  • Are a powerhouse of different minerals and vitamins that play key roles in your baby’s growth and health
  • Meet your multi-vitamin needs apart from supporting healthy weight gain, controlled blood pressure, reduced risks of anaemia, relieving constipation.

Total calories: 227k.cal

Pregnancy women having snacks
Pregnancy women having snacks – image via thriveglobal.com

4. BANANA PANCAKE: (1serving=1pancake)

Ingredients Method Health Tip – Banana
  • Banana-well ripened
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Dilute milk
  • Ghee
  • Honey / Grated jaggery
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Elachi powder.
  • Mash the banana to a fine paste in a processor.
  • Mix mashed banana, honey/grated jaggery, a pinch of salt, elachi powder to the wheat flour
  • Add dilute milk & mix to the consistency of dosa batter.
  • Smear ghee on pre-heated tava, pour this mixture & make pancakes
  • Cook on both sides.
  • Is an excellent source of potassium ( for maintaining your blood pressure) and roughage for preventing constipation
  • This vitamin-B6 rich fruit helps in making Red Blood Corpuscles aka RBC’s & feel-good hormones (serotonin) – most vital during pregnancy.
  • Is a source of energy, it can help you handle hunger pangs in a jiffy!

Total calories: 324k.cal with honey and 299k.cal with jaggery

Pregnant Women
Pregnant Women – image via momjunction.com

5. DHOKLA:

Ingredients Method Health Tip – Fermented foods
  • Bengal gram dal
  • Rice
  • Oil
  • Sesame seeds
  • Buttermilk
  • Mustard
  • Salt
  • Coriander & Curry leaves
  • Soak Bengal gram dal & rice overnight in water.
  • Drain off the water.
  • Make this mixture a fine paste using buttermilk.
  • Allow it to ferment for about 4-5 hours & add salt.
  • Make the consistency lighter adding buttermilk.
  • Pour this mixture on a greased plate of about half inch thickness.
  • Steam this in a pre-heated pressure cooker for 15-20minutes.
  • Prepare a seasoning of oil, mustard, sesame seeds, curry leaves
  • Once the dhokla cools, cut this into cubes.
  • Pour the seasoning on this & serve with pudina chutney.
  • Are more nutritious than their unfermented counterparts. Microorganisms break down complex compounds making the texture smooth and hence, enhance digestibility.
  • Synthesize vitamins and growth factors.
  • Decrease fat deposition, stimulate metabolism, normalise the stomach acidity and protect the stomach & intestine lining.

Total calories: 296k.cal

Contributed by -Ms. Sneha Sanjay (Clinical Nutritionist, Bengaluru- Jayanagar branch)

Must Read: Quick Healthy Bites to Snack On During Pregnancy

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