Healthy Snacking: The First Trimester

August 15, 2014

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Now that I’m exiting the first trimester, I figured it was high time I do a post on what I’ve been eating. A lot of women told me how important it is to snack and eat smaller, frequent meals to ward of nausea, and they knew what they were talking about! At one point I even said I was just sick of food all together because eating was becoming a chore. (What?!) Here are a few items that have helped me through my first-trimester nausea:


1. Lemonade This might not fall into the “healthy” category, per se, but it’s certainly been a lifesaver for me. Something about the sourness of the lemonade I think. To keep calories in check, I’ve been cutting my lemonade with sparkling water and adding a few slices of lemon, lime or orange. Bonus: It almost feels like I’m enjoying a class of wine when I put it in a wine glass.

2. String Cheese I read somewhere that even when protein doesn’t sound good, if you can eat snacks with a little protein it will help keep sickness at bay longer. I’ve gobbled up more string cheese than I would like to admit because it’s delicious and convenient.

3. Detour Bars I was sent a few boxes of these nutrition bars to review through FitFluential and I’m so happy I’ve had them on hand. They really are “snack” bars, clocking in at 130 calories per bar. Since I’ve been trying to eat clean and read labels, I appreciated that they are low in sugar, have 10g of protein per bar and are a good source of fiber. I mean, let’s be honest, every pregnant woman can use a little more fiber.

4. Light Popcorn I have gone through a lot of bags of light-style popcorn (like Boom Chicka Pop and Skinny Pop) over the past 12 weeks. At first, I was snacking on saltines to ease the nausea, but I found that popcorn did the trick just as well and for a fraction of the calories.

5. B-Natal Suckers and Preggie Pop Drops Since we’ve been traveling quite a bit of traveling over the past couple months, the suckers and candies a co-worker gifted me have been a lifesaver. Perfect for work and travel since they store well in my purse!

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  • Reply Sarah Crosby August 15, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I remember lemon being something I craved. Lemon drops, while horrible for me to eat, were my lifesaver with my first kid. Love following you on this journey! So incredibly happy for you guys!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 17, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      Thank you so so much, Sarah! Now that you mention lemon drops, they do sound incredibly good. One thing I didn’t include on this list is lemonade from Chick Fil A. It’s been a favorite of mine, although it’s not necessarily the “healthiest” item. 🙂

  • Reply Urban Wife August 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Exiting the first trimester!! Such sweet words. 😉 Even though I normally dislike saltines, I remember living off them for weeks & weeks, back when I was pregnant. I like the idea of popcorn though! Sounds more appealing.

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 17, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      Gah I know, right?! I truly can’t believe we’ve made it this far. I’m not normally a saltine person, either, but I find that crackers of any type have totally been my friend. Thankfully popcorn seems to work the same because the calories really do add up when you’re eating crackers all day! Ha!

  • Reply Heather @ My Overflowing Cup August 16, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    This can be such a challenging time. I had gestational diabetes so I couldn’t eat any carbs and that was all I craved. Enjoy your adventure! So happy for you!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry August 17, 2014 at 7:03 pm

      Oh goodness, I can imagine that it would be incredibly difficult. All that sounds good to me are carbs right now! Thankfully I’ve been big into salads as well, so I’ve managed to eat some veggies now and again. 🙂

  • Reply Natalie Lynn Borton August 18, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    You are so right about the lemonade! It’s been a pregnancy favorite of mine for sure—the more sour, the better!

  • Reply Candace August 19, 2014 at 1:20 am

    You beat me… I swear I ate nothing but crunchy, kettle style potato chips from week 7-11. Makes me sick to think about it now, but that’s all I could stomach!

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