5 Recipes For Guilt-Free Snacking During Pregnancy
Are you finding yourself feeling more and more hungry during your pregnancy? It’s only natural, since you’re eating for two. You might be tempted to eat anything you can get your hands on, but before you do, consider these 5 delicious recipes you can snack on without feeling guilty about subjecting your body to junk food.
1. Corn Chaat
Steamed corn kernels are already so tasty and it doesn’t take much to make a chaat out of them. Just add tomatoes and onions to them and squeeze some lemon juice on top. You can garnish this dish with coriander. This snack is low in calories, delicious and fills the tummy. It has so many nutrients and vitamins in it that it might as well be the best food for you to binge on during pregnancy.
2. Oats Porridge
Oats are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. They’re also very versatile - you can go sweet or savory with them. You can make your porridge by adding chopped vegetables to oats and water and boiling them to perfection. Add seasoning to your liking. By substituting boiled vegetables with fresh fruit, you can create a sweet porridge. If you need it to be sweetened, jaggery is a healthier substitute for sugar.
3. Fruit Salads
Cut up every fruit you can find into dices or slices and put them into a bowl. Voila! You have a super healthy salad. There is no right or wrong in this, you can experiment with different combinations of fruits and decide what tastes good together. You can drizzle honey on top if you prefer it a little sweeter and also add nuts and dry fruits for some crunch.
4. Veg Cutlets
Veg cutlets are not only delicious, but also high in protein and nutrients. They are usually made using potato (aloo) as a base and adding other veggies like peas, carrots and beans. Boil them and mash them all together. Add bread crumbs for texture and salt, pepper and garam masala for seasoning. Make patties out of the mixture and dip them in rice flour (besan) batter. Sahllow fry the cutlets until both the sides turn golden brown.
You can also make a green chutney as a side to go with the cutlets. Ketchup goes well too.
Sprouts do wonders for your health, as they are loaded with minerals and antioxidants. During pregnancy, it is recommended to go for cooked sprouts rather than raw ones because they might have bacteria on them. Mix them with tomatoes and onions to make a simple salad or you can even incorporate them into other dishes like dhokla or pulao.