I Need Snacking Ideas STAT.


That button is genius, right? Thanks for the nice comments about my belly, by the way. I have to admit my favorite was an incoming link about how good I looked for 19 months pregnant. 19 MONTHS pregnant? Hell, I LOOK FANTASTIC.

The belly is definitely popping, which is perfectly coinciding with my incessant need to graze like a cow all day long. Speaking of…


I love to prep. I love to cook. I love to eat. I HATE TO PLAN MY MEALS.

I’ve talked about this before, and how the Relish System totally saved my ass in the kitchen. Seriously, you guys. I’ve been consistently using their menus and grocery lists on a weekly basis for almost 2 years. 2 years! That right there is true love in my books, for the last time I showed that level and length of commitment was to my Duran Duran poster (MARRY ME, NICK RHODES!!!) from 1982 to 1984.

(Hey! If you also suffer from Can’tPlanDinneritis and want to join Relish, be sure and enter whoorl in the “how you heard of us” section so they know I sent you!)

Back to the planning thing. Although I have my dinners beautifully covered on a weekly basis, I am still falling short on planning/purchasing items for other meals, such as snacks. Seeing as I feel the need to eat a little something, oh, about every 26 minutes, I am at a loss as to what I should buy for healthy snacks in between meals. Right now, I am eating more baby carrots and radishes than you can shake a stick at. I am turning a lovely shade of rosy orange, though!

What are some of your favorite moderately healthy snacks to keep around the house? Help me! DO IT FOR THE BABY.



  1. I often have some homemade hummus around the house and eat it with things like carrot or celery sticks and rice crackers.
    .-= Gillian´s last blog ..Declines =-.

  2. almonds, cottage cheese, baby carrots, oranges, stretch island (or trader joes) fruit leathers, banana with peanut butter– all of these were my go to pregnancy snacks! I liked snacking more than big meals since the bigger meals made me feel horrible!

  3. Since you’re eating carrots already, add hummus. MMMMM.

    Peanut butter with apples.

    Trail mix.

    Dried apricots.

    All of my go-so snacks when I was pregnant and our kid is perfect so, you know. These must have helped :-)
    .-= samantha jo campen´s last blog ..Soothing =-.

  4. Hummus and Trader Joe’s Pita Bites Crackers are my new snack go-to. I’m not pregnant or anything. Just like to snack.
    .-= Christen´s last blog ..Sketchy Dudes =-.

  5. Edamame was one of my standbys, also apples and PB, celery and PB (I ate a lot of PB when I was preggers. I ate a lot of everything when I was preggers.)

  6. Apples + peanut butter. Pita chips + hummus. French fries.

    WHAT? Scratch that last one. Sorry. Am hungry.
    .-= Rebecca (Bearca)´s last blog ..I can’t believe I’m posting this =-.

  7. Raw Almonds – mmmm my fave
    At the beginning of each day, cut an apple into slices and put in a sandwich bag in the fridge – you can grab it any time.
    100 calorie packs of any savory snack
    make up some chicken salad, put in container, put some on crackers anytime you feel like it
    premake PB&J, cut into 4 pieces and put in plastic bag in fridge
    Thats all I can think of right now.
    btw – your tummy looks super cute!
    .-= monstergirlee´s last blog ..Loves the Lost Tooth Look =-.

  8. popcorn, clementines (yum), fruit popsicles, pretzels (boring but filling), I am a fruitaholic so any fruit is good in my book – and frozen grapes – delish! watermelon!
    .-= shannon´s last blog ..Back to School =-.

  9. Low-fat mozza cheese strings, sugar snap peas. And chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream. :)
    .-= Amanda Brown´s last blog ..It’s Linky! Linky! =-.

  10. Waffle Fries are healthy right?

    Fiber One bars. I swear there is no better way to get daily fiber. I’ve yet to find a flavor I didn’t like.


    And apparently The Biggest Loser seems to think that chewing Extra gum helps. I think they are full of shit.
    .-= Carrisa´s last blog ..you asked for it =-.

  11. My current fave is dried Bing cherries from Trader Joe’s with a tiny little piece of aged gouda (also from Trader Joe’s.) You don’t need much of the cheese and the protein keeps you full. Am also a big fan of those little red Babybel cheeses (I need my cheese to be portion-controlled or I eat THE WHOLE THING), often with a couple of low-fat triscuits and maybe a dash of fig jam. Am sometimes partial to putting a dab of cream cheese on a piece of ham and rolling the whole thing up. Also, if you can get to Whole Foods, they have these INSANELY GOOD granola bars there that aren’t like granola bars at all, they’re like heaven. They’re called Carman’s and they’re from Australia: yummy rolled oats, nice and chewy, not like normal granola bars at all. LOVE.

  12. I like the 100 calorie smart pop popcorn packs…

  13. We keep a large gladware of cut veggies on the counter AT ALL TIMES these days. Radishes, carrots, pearl tomatoes and the dreaded celery.

    Also. I heart greek yogurt with (lots of) honey and granola and maybe even some fruit. I’ve gotten truly lazy and now just have a open bag of Trader Joes berries in the fridge.

    Ham and Swiss roll-ups (no bread or nasty lettuce)

    Trail mix (though I feel guilty every time I eat a nut)

    Yeah, that’s about it. And now I need another snack.
    .-= Calee´s last blog ..If you want to cultivate peace…” =-.

  14. I am 18 weeks pregnant w/ my 2nd and my belly is muuuuuuuch larger than yours – maybe due to my snacking or my abdominal muscles giving up on life!

    I always have yogurts, crackers and cheese and fruit on hand for snacking. But I also think a small bowl of cereal is a great snack too.
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..One Woman’s Trash =-.

  15. I like to throw together my own trail mix that way I can control the amount of the bad stuff (dark chocolate chips in my case) mixed with the better (dried cherries, blueberries or golden raisins) and nuts (raw almonds or cashews) I am eating. I know it is not a low calorie snack, but in your case it surely doesn’t matter! I also always have bags of edamame on hand and even sometimes like to make a hummus like dip out of it to mix things up. Popcorn is another favorite around here and instead of using the microwave kind we put 1/4 of kernels mixed with a little bit of olive oil and salt in a paper lunch sack that has been stapled shut in the microwave for about 2 minutes and you have the perfect personal sized portion.

    Apparently I really like to snack….
    .-= andrea´s last blog ..It’s a new generation =-.

  16. My favorite quick healthy snacks are grapes, satsumas/cuties, string cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, applesauce, almonds, pistachios, granola bars (there are some good homemade recipes for these), guacamole (homemade or Trader Joe’s) or salsa (either homemade or I like Salsa Lisa) with cucumber slices as chips – or with chips, depending on my mood.
    I also really like the VitaTops the Hungry Girl is always raving about – that’s usually what I’ll stick in my purse for a snack. That or a granola bar.

  17. I have just fallen in love with homemade strawberry banana smoothies. And I don’t usually have much luck in the kitchen but these smoothies are idiot proof and healthy. I use a Fage yogurt which when eaten plain to me is not that great but in te smoothie it us fab and supplies you with 15 grams of protein. So here’s what you do and if you make the whole recipe you can put te left over in the fridge and snack on it all day.

    1 cup yogurt
    2 cups fresh strawberries halved
    1 cup of pomengrante juice
    1 banana
    1 cup frozen raspberries and/or frozen bluberries.
    Mix on food process for 20 to 30 seconds.

    Sorry so long but so worth it!!!

    Sadie at heymamas

  18. Hummus on just about any cracker or vegetable for sure. I also used to grab those mint chocolate chip Pria bars – the only protein bar I ever liked.

    And MAN I so wish we had a Trader’s Joe’s. I covet them.

  19. Sorry for any typos…on his goddamn iPhone!!
    Hate typing on it.

    Sadie at heymamas
    .-= Sadie at heymamas´s last blog ..Pure imagination =-.

  20. Pamela Wright says:

    Snacks, my favorite subject. I’m with pammer on the hummus. I have a great recipe for the one from California Pizza Kitchen if you want to make it yourself. Eat it with whole wheat pita or pre-cut veggies. My favorite snack at the moment is tart green apples dipped in peanut butter with a drizzle of chocolate syrup. I ate tons of Wasa crackers with Boars Head ovengold turkey while prego. Weight Watchers fudge bars are great for a treat. Oh and popcorn in the individually sized bags are a yummy fiber-filled snack.

    Wondering what satsumas/cuties are that Amy mentioned?

  21. My favorite snack is a dip make of three parts peanut butter and four parts vanilla yogurt. Then slice up a great, tart apple and dip away!
    .-= Artemisia´s last blog ..A Walt Witman Kind of Morning =-.

  22. hummus!

    also? my new favorite LOVE? trader joe’s pita bite crackers. oh MY are these crackers just not AMAZING.

    those with either hummus or cheese. mmm.

    wait. is that healthy?

    ummm. edamame and also. i LOVE LOVE dried strawberries.
    .-= kat´s last blog ..i’m heidi klumming your ass. =-.

  23. I love the cocoa dusted almonds that come in individual-sized packs or non-individual-sized packs for more optimal snacking.
    .-= Jennie´s last blog ..The Blathering Part Dos =-.

  24. I love a good honeycrisp apple. Shelled pistachios. Also, Wasa crackers w/hummus or garlic Laughing Cow Cheese (you can have soft cheeses if they’re pasteurized, right?). Hmm, what else? Edamame with bacon-flavored sea salt on it (yumtown, hot or cold), and you know what else sounds good right now? Those caramel-flavored mini rice cakes. Oh so cliche, but tasty!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Creepy Much? =-.

  25. I’ve reached the all hungry, all the time point of this pregnancy, so I know of which I speak.

    For me, it’s fruit. Well, it’s either that or the all cookie diet, but fruit seems to be working. We buy a TON of it, then I come home and cut it up and separate into containers so it’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.

    Also, pretty much anything in the Trader Joe’s snack aisle – even though we’re quickly veering out of the healthy territory.
    .-= Mama Bub´s last blog ..Reset =-.

  26. I’ve always got a bag of half dry roasted almonds / half dried blueberries on my desk (both from the TJ’s nut aisle), TJ’s has whole wheat preztel sticks (eaten w/ or w/o peanut butter), CLEMENTINES (I never cared for them until I got pregnant. Now I’m on my third crate in as many weeks) and apples.
    .-= HollyLynne´s last blog ..Bits for Bean =-.

  27. Chocolate!

    Oh, you said healthy. I go with some simple nuts or grapes.
    .-= C @ Kid Things´s last blog ..On the Internet =-.

  28. Edamame
    String Cheese
    Celery with Lauging Cow Cheese
    Almonds with dried fruit (blueberries, cherries, cranberries, etc.)

    Congrats on your pregnancy!

  29. sarahbeanne says:

    I’m 19 weeks & starving too. I could not live without a stash of Clif Kids organic Z bars (got a CASE of the chocolate brownie ones for Christmas from my husband).
    Apples+peanut butter, too.
    We make our own hummus (with either pesto or sundried tomatoes) & I eat that with wasa crispbread or okmok.
    I have also been known to microwave 1/2 a sweet potato & snarf it down. And I’ve been a fool for cinnamon toast & Organic Valley chocolate milk (not together) this entire pregnancy.

  30. go raw super chips. Crunchy sweet, good for you..totally addictive. Pricey but the baby will thank you. Avail at Whole Foods. FYI…this comes from a total non-raw food girl…I store them next to my Oreos.

  31. Laughing cow on anything, Veggie Booty and smooooooothies!!

  32. I’m 16 weeks, now, and I’ve been mostly living off of mangoes, oranges, buttered toast, and triscuits with any type of cheese.

    On the not so healthy side of it we have the handfuls of olives and the Trader Joe’s chocolate lava cakes (oh. my. GOD.).

    I’m out of the puking stage, but food and I have a very tenuous relationship, so it’s not always easy to find healthy snacks that will agree with me.
    .-= WonderSpot´s last blog ..Reset =-.

  33. When I was pregnant a snack mix of mixed nuts (minus walnuts), dried cranberries, and m&ms was my lifesaver.

  34. I have Think Thin bars, trail mix, cheese sticks and rice crackers on hand at all times. And I’m not even pregnant!
    .-= sizzle´s last blog ..Bachelor #4 Takes on the Review Board* =-.

  35. Not pregnant but my latest fave in snack foods is Popchips. http://www.popchips.com/ I love the cheddar ones…got them at Costco. Yummy!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..That’s One Screwed Up Idea =-.

  36. Let’s see…almonds, extra sharp cheddar, dehydrated vegetable (sweet potato, beets, green beans), apple sauce, pretzel squares with chocolate chips, dried mango (OMG!), homemade trail mix, granola, dried cherries with coconut flakes, kimchi, sweet pickles, yogurt with honey, banana/orange smoothies, baby food pears (really!), apples with peanut butter or cinnamon…

  37. almonds, pecans, raisins, dried cherries. CHEESE.
    apple slices! (as is, with cinnamon, peanut butter, cheese)
    cherry tomatoes, celery sticks, grapefruits, avocados.
    ciao bella sorbet (as a special treat)
    now i need a snack…
    .-= beyond´s last blog ..eggnog & trees =-.

  38. string cheese, apples, luna bars, popcorn…and sour patch kids–what, they’re fat free!

  39. Debby Fortune says:

    Sahale Snacks…flavorful, crunchy, a little sweet, a little savory. And you can find them in your local Starbucks.

  40. leftover roasted sweet potatoes, greek yogurt with almond slices, rice cakes with almond butter, cinnamon toast with apple butter, bananas with justin’s almond butter packs.

  41. I have an apple slicer that cores and slices in one motion, so i use that to keep apple slices on hand as well as small baggies of almonds.
    .-= Haley´s last blog ..Pardon me, I forgot the shoes =-.

  42. I agree with everyone who said hummus! I like the roasted garlic kind, with slices of wheat bread or baby carrots. Also, sunbutter is delicious! It’s like peanut butter, but made from sunflower seeds, it’s really really good with crackers and apples!

  43. Edamame is the new popcorn, yo.
    .-= greyfavorite´s last blog ..I’d rather see than be seen. =-.

  44. I have been super hungry as I start my third trimester…and so bored with my snacks too. So happy you posted this!

    My go to snacks have been oatmeal squares cereal (dry, just to munch on, and my 1.5 year old loves to snack on them too), hummus and carrots, yogurt with granola, protein bars, and ahem, boston cream donuts from Dunkin’s.

  45. I have been super hungry as I start my third trimester…and so bored with my snacks too. So happy you posted this!

    My go to snacks have been oatmeal squares cereal (dry, just to munch on, and my 1.5 year old loves to snack on them too), hummus and carrots, yogurt with granola, protein bars, and ahem, boston cream donuts from Dunkin’s.
    .-= Lisa from MotherhoodStyle.com´s last blog ..through his eyes =-.

  46. I have been super hungry as I start my third trimester…and so bored with my snacks too. So happy you posted this!

    My go to snacks have been oatmeal squares cereal (dry, just to munch on, and my 1.5 year old loves to snack on them too), hummus and carrots, yogurt with granola, protein bars, and ahem, boston cream donuts from Dunkin’s.
    .-= Lisa from http://www.MotherhoodStyle.com´s last blog ..through his eyes =-.

  47. popcorn! whole grain chips and salsa! nuts of all kinds, the occasional cookie, bananas, hummus, etc.

  48. Sorry about the week/month slip – my bad !
    Fixed it now :*)

  49. I like nuts, granola, trail mix type of things; also some of my kids’ snacks like string cheese and animal crackers fit the bill nicely. Now I’m hungry all the sudden…
    .-= elz´s last blog ..Designer Explanation Needed =-.

  50. Oh. Moderately healthy?


    Well – I *love* Smitten Kitchen’s spicy caramel popcorn (sans peanuts) lately, but I guess that’s not exactly healthy.

    I really like Kashi’s “Island Vanilla” flavored shredded wheat cereal. (a little sweet, but lots of fiber! healthy!)

    If you like yogurt/smoothies, I’ve made this one twice. And, no joke, it really does taste like a fresh creamsicle. (I use less sugar syrup; I bet honey or agave would work equally well.)

  51. blueberries & low sodium almonds, together.
    .-= mommymae´s last blog ..grandpa fred: a series of posts highlighting old family photos and the stories they tell =-.

  52. Archer Farms has this great trail mix that I’m obsessed with right now. It’s a mix of almonds, walnuts, pecans and dried blueberries. So yummy!
    .-= Nila´s last blog ..Suckiest Blogger Ever =-.

  53. A Best protein bar can be made to taste like a candy bar. These nutritious snake options are all very palatable.

  54. I burn myself out on snacks by eating the same thing for a month straight, then I need to come up with something else. In my current rotation:

    Chocolate Almond Breeze (a chocolate flavored almond milk – slightly sweet, a little nutty…so good!) alone or blended up with a banana and some ice.

    Triscuits and dill havarti cheese

    What I’ve been calling a “pizzadilla” – two small whole wheat tortillas (I buy the low carb ones from Trader Joe’s, they’re good) with shredded mozzarella cheese and whatever veggies I have on hand, cooked like a quesadilla and then dipped in marinara sauce.

    That last one is pretty hearty snack, or a light lunch I guess. Happy snacking!

  55. I am going to have to say hummus as well. Also we keep those mini rice cakes in various flavors around the house for snacking. You feel like you eat a lot but they are reasonable calorie and carb wise. Currently my favorite go-to snack are clementines. They are easy to peal and deliciously sweet.

  56. I’m 23 weeks pregnant today and my favorite mid-morning snack is yogurt w/ blueberries. The night before I put some frozen blueberries in the bottom of a bowl and top with vanilla yogurt. The next morning I stir it all up and enjoy. Yum!

    Also, the other day I made bean dip to eat with pita chips. Northern beans, roasted garlic, salt, pepper, cilantro, little bit of olive oil. Easy and healthy. And? omgsogood!
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Craving =-.

  57. Pita chips (crunch crunch), dark chocolate chips, yogurt & fruit, nutella on toast, and oranges are my staples. :) It’s a variety of sweet, salty, soft & crunchy. Mmm.

  58. I am a fan of cottage cheese. I like to mix in shredded (canned) pineapple, or cinnamon and splenda, or granola and strawberries, or pretty much anything else!

    Also, Z-bars! They’re organic Cliff bars meant for kids, but that’s probably why they’re SO GOOD (especially chocolate chip)!

  59. Hard boiled egg whites! Sounds strange, but I make a few at a time, and keep them in my fridge. Then, when I’m feeling hunger pangs I just unpeel it, pop the yolk out (i hate the yolk, but nothing wrong with eating it too) and eat the white. It’s super quick and full of protein.

  60. An apple with almond butter (from Traders). My all time favorite snack . . . eat it everyday . . . . and never tire of it! Plus an apple a day keeps the doc away : )

  61. When I was pregnant my snack of choice was an apple with peanut butter – good protein and fiber to get you through the afternoon slump. I also felt tons better if I had some kind of protein for breakfast, so a breakfast burrito with black beans was key for me. Yogurt is good, especially if you add almonds and dried fruit.
    .-= victoria winters´s last blog ..Wardrobe Wednesday: Whimsical Yet Professional =-.

  62. I cannot get enough of Special K Multi Grain crackers (original flavor). I am also preggers, but I loved them before!

    I also like garlic soy crisps
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Seriously, What WILL They Think of Next?? =-.

  63. Wow a lot of people gave out good ideas. Maybe I should save this link just for myself when I get pregnant someday. Won’t happen for a few more years though, at least not a planned one. :)

    Since it will be getting a lot warmer as your pregnancy progresses, why not keep some frozen snacks in mind? I fell completely in love with frozen red grapes last year. And cutting up strawberries into smaller pieces and putting it in the freezer for a short while, but not quite frozen. And sometimes I’ll put a little bowl of orange juice or two and then eat them frozen. I don’t know, I just love frozen fruits?! Maybe it’s because I was born and raised in Texas and have to deal with the hot humidity. :)

  64. I was going to say smoothies and see some others have said that as well. Smoothies have been a go to the last couple of weeks for everyone in my house since I read Mir’s tips for smoothies over at wantnot.net. YUMMY!


    I’m so excited to try some of these snacks myself and I am not even preggo!

  65. Kale chips.

    Sounds weird, but they are highly addictive… and very healthy!

  66. I work in a health food store so I have like exactly the opposite problem, too many snack food options. Although my midwife said my weight gain was really moderate for 29 weeks so I went and had In-and-Out for lunch. Way to go me.

    I second the kale chips but they are so good I’ll eat the whole bag, same problem with veggie booty and nori snacks. I really like wasa crispbread which in itself is kind of super duper tasteless and dry, its a great base for just about anything, cheese, bananas and yogurt or peanut butter, tomatoes, etc.

    I’ve been taking advantage of all the local citrus right now too, grapefruit, mandarin, oranges clementines galore. Also pears and apples. I recently tried Kind Bars which are like adult granola bars, yummy. Cookies… What, you can’t be good all the time!

  67. string cheese, almonds, muffins (homemade with light sugar), fruit smoothies with protein powder, hard boiled eggs, turkey bacon.

  68. As someone who was there really recently: string cheese, trail mix (we made our own, a mix of unsalted nuts, dried cranberries, and chocolate chips), yogurt, cold red grapes, luna bars, Hershey’s miniatures (this could get dangerous, though), hard-boiled eggs, hummus and pita or carrots, apple with peanut butter or cheddar cheese, a bowl of cereal (I loved the variety packs of mini sugar cereals). And Bubbie’s pickles.

    I ate a LOT when I was pregnant. When I wasn’t sleeping, anyway – hence the blog name. Only gained 23 pounds!
    .-= Courtney´s last blog .. =-.

  69. I kept a box of those go-gurt yogurt tubes in the freezer. I was at the “uncomfortably pregnant” stage in the dead hot, humid part of a New Jersey summer. Loved those frosty yogurt snacks. And it’s kinda healthy. Doesn’t sound like the best idea now (it’s 19 degrees outside!), but July is just around the corner.

    On a more indulgent note, Kashi’s Tasty Little Cookies are divine. Dark chocolate oatmeal rocks my world. I serve them with a big glass of milk to feel more heathy. Also another vote for the Sahale Snacks.

  70. Natalie 42 says:

    A little bit before you want to snack (or the night before) put about a 1/3 c. of Light and Fit vanilla yogurt in a container with a handful of frozen blueberries. The blueberries will thaw a bit overnight. Then add a scoop of whatever low-fat granola you like. It is so very good and REALLY filling.

    Also, I love me some what toast with a little peanut or almond butter, sliced bananas and a drizzle of honey. HELLO!

  71. Natalie 42 says:

    uhhhh, “what” toast? That would be WHEAT toast…*ahem*.

  72. I hear ya sister! i hate planning my meals but sometime you just gotta do it. Especially when the baby comes, life gets hectic and planning can be helpful! I like celeri with cream cheese/carrots with peanut butter, stuff like that!
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Bridgestone Motorcycle Tires =-.

  73. I had the same thought as your other readers: Hummus, hummus, hummus. My favorite is Sabra brand with extra tahini, but since they don’t sell that particular kind of Sabra here, I eat the Sabra brand with extra garlic. Other deliciousness for snacks: Cashew butter. Yum. 10oz of cashews (I prefer salted and roasted, but you can use raw), 1/3 cup of grapeseed or walnut oil, 2 tablespoons of agave or honey. Pulse in your food processor. My husband likes this warmed and on bananas. My mom likes this so much that she requested that I send a Youtube video of me putting together the recipe (primarily because she doesn’t know how to put together her food processor.) Other snacks: Crusty bread with a small wedge of cheese, popcorn, and grilled peaches. My favorite way to prepare peaches: In a hot skillet, toss in some sliced peaches. Then take your favorite balsamic vinegar, twice around the pan (I like pomegranate) with a little bit of agave. Speaking of pomegranates, there’s always pomegranates with cottage cheese. And lastly, my favorite snack is fresh greens, balsamic vinegar and oil and a light sprinkling of goat cheese.

    I love food.
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Details of My Awesomeness, in list form =-.

  74. GloriaLeighD says:

    My latest snack obsession is hard boiled eggs – I make them on Sunday and then enjoy all week long.

  75. Check out Chia seeds – yes the same ones used on the infamous Chia pets. They are crazy good for you, high in Omega 3 &6, even better than Flax, and they are a good source of calcium. It tastes great, especially sprinkled on yogurt yum!

  76. Clif’s mojo bars – excellent source of protein and just sweet enough.
    another vote for string cheese