Are you feeling hungry often this pregnancy?
Feel like you eat and shortly after you are hungry again?
I remember feeling like that.
If you make sure to have healthy options available and to eat something even if its a little something…
Then being hungry won’t negatively impact you.
How Skipping Meals Negatively Affects You
But it’s when you allow yourself to get hungry all the time and don’t have healthy options that you will get into trouble.
Because when you are hungry, you have low blood sugar and when that happens, your body is in need of SUGAR.
At that point it is very hard to have will power and so most people tend to make bad food choices and over eat.
That is why, having healthy snacks readily available is so important during pregnancy.
Especially because while pregnant, your body utilizes calories for fuel much faster than regularly.
I want to give you an easy and delicious healthy cookie recipe that you can make one day a week and enjoy as a healthy snack during the week.
They are easy to make and you can just put 3 cookies in a little Ziplock bag and throw it in your purse.
This will help you tons to not get so hungry all the time because you are eating a healthy snack in between meals.
How Protein Can Kill Your Insatiable Hunger During Pregnancy
By the way, if you feel hungry often, it could also be a lack of PROTEIN in your diet.
Protein helps you feel fuller longer so if you haven’t been eating protein in every meal, doing so will help you control the hunger hormone as well.
After working with thousands of pregnant women, I have found that most are not eating enough protein because most have aversions to it during pregnancy.
If this is your case, and you cannot stomach chicken, turkey, fish, etc…
I would supplement with a protein shake or two during the day.
How Protein Impacts Baby
Remember also, that PROTEIN is essential for your baby.
Protein helps your blood supply to the fetus and its also important for your baby’s tissue and organ development and growth.
YOU NEED TO EAT PROTEIN.
Alternatives For Protein
These cookies have mPower Protein Powder in them so aside from giving you more protein for your baby, it will also make them hold you over and control hunger.
I love adding mPower to any healthy snack I make.
I add it to my oatmeal in the morning.
I add it to my coffee as a creamer some days and I add it to pancakes, muffins etc.
The other day, a client told me she made boxed brownies for her kids and she threw in 2 scoops of mPower to add a little health and protein to it and no one could tell.
How awesome is that?
mPower is a protein powder formulated for pregnancy.
It is of the highest grade, cold pressed so you actually absorb all the nutrients and it counts as a prenatal.
It also has digestive enzymes and probiotics so its easy on your belly and doesn’t make you gassy and bloated or constipated like most proteins do.
Check out this post for information about mPower.
Click Here to check out more benefits of mPower Protein Powder for Pregnancy and what other moms have to say about it.
By the way, it also happens to be ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS just by itself with water or milk.
So if making baked healthy snacks is not realistic for you, you can just have a shake instead.
What I do often is I put 2 scoops in my shaker cup and I take a bottle of water with me, and when its time, I throw the water in, 3 shakes and thats it…. a delicious, silky smooth vanilla ice cream shake.
I hope you give this recipe a try though.
I know life is busy, what I do is on the weekend when I have more time, I make things like these cookies and it saves me a ton of time during the week.
Sometimes I even eat them for a quick on the go breakfast.
My kids love them too….
They have been eating them at school.
Love it…. protein, healthy carbs and healthy fats all in one yummy cookie.
Here’s the recipe.Print
2 cups oatmeal
2 scoops mPower Protein Powder for Pregnancy
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup Monk Fruit Extract or coconut/brown sugar or Stevia to taste
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup chocolate chips (I use dairy-free)
2 tbsp coconut/brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a food processor, blend all the ingredients except the chocolate chips or topping.
Pulse in the chocolate chips and place in a bowl in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to harden a bit.
Meanwhile, mix the topping ingredients.
Remove from fridge, and make little balls and roll them in the topping (I only did the top of them) and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet and bake ~15-17 minutes or until done.
You can omit the topping if you want to reduce the sugar, but it is super yummy and you don’t even use all of it.
And remember how important it is to be prepared and have healthy snacks available.
Whether its baked healthy goodies like this or even some nuts or fruit or a protein shake!
Want more healthy snack ideas? Check out this YouTube Video: