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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tasty Thursday: Pregnancy Snacks

You know that stage of pregnancy when you're as hungry as a bear? You know, like weeks 6 to 40? Well, its safe to say that I'm right in there and feeling like I'm starving all. the. time. And everyone knows what happens when you are hungry and have nothing in your desk. You seek out whatever crap food you can scrounge up and its usually deliciously awful for you. I can't keep doing that or I'm going to be as big as a barn in a few months.

I've come up with a little snack attack plan for work that seems to be working thus far. This isn't a typical recipe for Tasty Thursday, but hopefully helpful none the less.

Quick grab and go snacks:

Yogurt (Simplait by Yoplait is my current favorite)
Nature Valley bars
Granola or trail mix
Wheat Thins or Triscuits with Laughing Cow spread
String cheese (I just cut up a block of mozzarella - much cheaper)
Hand fruit (apples, bananas, pears, etc.)
98% fat free popcorn

Need a little prep, but still very easy:

Muenster cheese & apple slices
Turkey and cheese roll ups
Instant oatmeal (I bring it to work in a travel coffee mug and it stays nice and warm!)
Carnation Instant Breakfast shake
Muffins (make them on the weekend and eat them all week long)
English Muffin with peanut butter

Snacks to dip:

I love dipping. I don't know what it is, but it keeps me busy and makes the snack last way longer. Gladware has these fancy containers that fulfill my need to dip snacks and I love them! You can put your dip into the little cup and the snack in the bottom. Its easy, neat, and very functional.

Some of my favorite dips are hummus, buffalo ranch dressing, peanut butter, and jam to go with crackers, pita chips, veggies, or pretzels. The cup is 1.5oz and the tub is about 2 cups so it keeps your portions in check.

I've found that the more good snacks I have in my arsenal, the less likely I am to run to the student union for junk food or wander around my kitchen aimlessly until I find the cookies. Plus, if Weight Watchers taught me anything, its that real food has a lot more bang for your calorie giving you more energy, more consistent blood sugar, and a longer full feeling.

What are your favorite things to munch on?

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