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These quick-fix, easy to carry, healthy snack recipes are not only delicious but also ensure complete nutrition for working pregnant women.
Pregnancy is the time when your body tries its best to give maximum nutrition to the growing fetus. Also there is a constant need of energy by the body. Hence, it is best to break down the meals into 5-6 meals per day than consuming 3 meals every day.
While breakfast, lunch and dinner are important it is equally important to snack smart during those crucial 9 months. Since heartburn and nausea are common during pregnancy this practice can actually alleviate the symptoms and provide some relief.
So go ahead and try out these snacks and carry them along to work in order to keep pregnancy hunger pangs at bay.
Sprouts are known to be a great source of protein which can keep you full or longer duration and give you the required amount of energy. You simply need steamed sprouted moong, chopped onion, chopped tomato, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, tamarind chutney, mint chutney, cumin powder, rock salt and chopped coriander leaves/mint leaves. Mix all the above ingredients together and sprinkle some roasted chana/peanuts on top for extra zing. The tangy yet healthy chaat is ready.
Roasted makhanas are again a great source of protein, magnesium and is low in sodium. You simply need to add little ghee and add in lotus seeds/makhanas, sprinkle some rock salt, black pepper powder and cumin powder and you are good to go. Carry this along with you to office and you can store it for a good 15days.
This is one of the simplest and most nutritious option. Reason? It is packed with fiber and essential vitamins and minerals to keep you going. Mix in fruits of your choice and use pineapple and papaya in occasionally. Squeeze a lemon on top and sprinkle some nuts (almonds,walnuts and cashew). Mix everything together and carry it along. To make it a little tangy you can add rock salt too.
Oats are loaded with fiber and essential minerals. Hence, it can be one of the best snacking options.You can add milk or water to the oatmeal, cook for some time and add in fruits of your choice or even dried fruits like dried apricot, dates and anjeer. Mix everything together, sprinkle some cardamom powder on top and oatmeal is ready. Pack it and carry it to office. You can also place it in the fridge.
Greek yogurt is loaded with protein and can be extremely filling. Simply add in chopped fruits of your choice and some Greek yogurt on top. Mix well and sprinkle crushed nuts of your choice.
You simply need to make this like a roti/paratha.Just mix together wheat flour, bajra flour, cumin seeds, crushed ginger, turmeric powder, ajwain(carom seeds) and rock salt. Knead a dough out of it and roll it into a thin chapatti. Apply some ghee on the tawa and cook till crisp.You can store it for 15 days straight and it is extremely healthy, since it is a good source of fiber.
Corn is a great source of vitamin A and fiber. Peas are a great source of protein. Boil some corn and peas and keep it aside. In a vessel add little oil, cumin seeds and let it crackle. Now add corn, peas, turmeric powder,red chilli powder and rock salt. Cook for 2 minutes and pack it for your snacking time.
Sweet potato is a great source of fiber and vitamin A. Boil some sweet potato and keep it aside. Now in a bowl add onion, chopped green chillies, cumin powder, rock salt, lemon juice, grated ginger and chopped coriander. Add the boiled and chopped sweet potato chunks to the bowl. Mix well.
Get your dose of fiber and protein with this option.Simply chop the veggies and serve it with a hung curd dip. Add dill leaves, crushed garlic, black pepper powder and oregano to the hung curd. Your dip is ready. It is easy to prepare and convenient to carry.
Here comes another fiber and protein packed snack. Simply cut apple/pear and apply some peanut butter over it. You can also sprinkle crushed almonds.
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