During pregnancy, women have some unusual cravings, which are normally not healthy for the body and the baby. Doctors even tell pregnant women to avoid eating 3 large meals, rather they are advised to eat small meals, every 3 hours or so. Pregnancy cravings are very different from the regular cravings, and the doctor’s advice you to eat healthy foods, rich in proteins, calcium, carbohydrates and other nutrients.
So here are some easy to prepare healthy snacks, which are substitutes to a pregnant woman’s mood food cravings.
Oatmeal is rich in carbohydrates, soluble fibres and potassium. It can be made instantly, by amateurs too. You just have to add water or milk to the oatmeal and heat it.
Bhel which is very spicy and tangy is very popular among Indians. But this tangy bhel is not healthy for pregnant women but can be turned into healthy, with some alterations. All you need is some puffed rice, sprouts which must be steamed and finely chopped tomatoes, onions, chopped boiled potatoes, and green chillies if the lady wants something spicy. Sprouts are very nutritious, and puffed rice contains Proteins and Vitamin B in rich amounts.
Aloo Paneer Chaat
This snack is a mixture of paneer, potatoes, green peas, and the chaat masala and lemon juice give it a tangy taste. Paneer is rich in Protein and the recipe has a lot of calcium content too.
Bajra Khakhras, are very easy to make. All you need is a perfect dough mixture of bajra flour and whole wheat flour and add ginger-garlic paste, sesame seeds, in a proportionate manner. Bajra Khakhras are rich in carbohydrates, sodium and proteins.
Fruits are very nutritious and are rich in proteins, iron, carbohydrates and many more nutrients. All you have to do is, cut fine pieces of all the fruits, mix them in a bowl, with some chaat masala, black salt, cumin seed powder, so that it gives a sweet, sour and tangy taste.
Smoothies are great exhaustion and fatigue relievers. You can prepare smoothies at home, by taking fruits like apples, bananas, raspberries, mangos, but make sure you don’t use papayas and the drink is not very high in sugar. You can add milk and ice cubes, and blend in the mixture in a blender. Smoothies are rich in calcium, proteins and many more nutrients.
Brown Bread Sandwiches
You can make sandwiches using brown bread, as brown bread is healthier and more nutritious them white bread. You can use sliced cucumber, radishes, carrots, tomatoes even properly cooked chicken as filling inside the sandwiches.
Channa or chickpeas are rich in protein, calcium, omega 3 and iron. You can add cucumber, tomatoes, coriander to the boiled Channa so that it doesn’t taste bland. You can even take the boiled Channa and mash it and eat it with brown bread.
Corn is very popular among Indians. Moreover, corn provides vitamin B6 and fibre 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.
Dhokla is a very tasty and nutritious snack. Dhokla is rich is probiotics and proteins and very low on calories. You can make it more nutritious, by adding some French beans and some vegetables into the batter.
Upma is very simple to make, as its just suji or semolina mixed with vegetables. The vegetables are great sources of nutrients and upma is rice in proteins and fibre.
Have happy meal ladies!