Pregnant women need about 70 grams of protein every day - that's a lot! Luckily, it's easy to find delicious, protein-rich snacks that give you the energy you need throughout your pregnancy. Here are some of the best and tastiest options:
1. Nothing beats hummus and veggies for a quick and easy snack that's packed full of protein.
2. Try an apple with 2 tablespoons of your favorite nut butter. Rotate between peanut butter, almond butter and sunflower seed butter to add some variety. Add a dash of hemp or chia seeds for a boost of protein and omega-3.
3. Beans are a low-calorie source of protein. Tofu packs in the most protein, but tempeh, black beans, garbanzos beans and others are all great choices. Baked tofu is easy to make and takes just five minutes of prep. Toss tofu with your favorite herbs and spices, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 400 degrees – flipping halfway through – for 40 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Throw together a simple smoothie for a quick energy boost. Toss a banana, one cup of almond milk, a teaspoon of hemp seeds and one cup of your favorite dark leafy green, such as kale or spinach, along with a couple of ice cubes into your blender and you'll have a tasty protein-rich drink, clocking in around 30 grams.
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