Mother and Baby

The Best Healthy Snacks For Busy Mums And Mums-To-Be

Section: Nutrition

Need a quick power boost to keep you going until lunch or something tasty to save you from the 4pm slump? We’ve got the best snacks that are perfect for an energy lift, whether you’re pregnant or a sleep-deprived mum

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Freida’s Pantry Super Charged Food Bar (£3.60 for 3 bars,

These 100% natural food bars have a blend of superseeds, nuts and superfoods, including oats, quinoa, almonds, pistachios, flax seed, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, goji berries and a little fennel. 
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Portlebay Popcorn Slightly Sweet & Lightly Salted, £0.85 per bag

Can’t choose between sweet and salted when it comes to popcorn? This version is a mixture of the two and – at only 95 calories – is tasty and healthy.
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Clearspring's Miso on the Go soup, £1.29

Instead of the usual packet soup, these sachets of miso soup are packed with antioxidants, B vitamins, calcium and iron. Simply add the mix to water for a filling and comforting energy boost.
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9bar Seed Bar, £0.70

Rich in essential fatty acids and protein, these bars are made up of a mix of sunflower, sesame, poppy, hemp and pumpkin seeds. They’re rich in energy to keep you going – a great snack bar for labour.
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Conscious Food Ginger Thins, £15 for six packets

These light gingery wafers are made of millet grain. As well as being wheat, dairy and gluten free and suitable for vegans, they’re great to snack on in pregnancy if morning sickness has sent your appetite off piste.
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Collective Yogurt Mousse, £1.89 for two 90g pots

These tasty yogurts have a light, fluffy texture on top of a layer of fruit compote or salted maple caramel. Containing less than 5% fat, they’re a sweet snack without being too naughty and come in four flavour, vanilla, banana, mango and lemon.
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Eat Natural Peanut & Popcorn Cereal Bar, £0.95

This cereal bar is perfect if you have to grab breakfast on the go while taking your baby to nursery. The peanuts in it boost your protein levels, so you’ll stay full up until lunch.
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GOOD Hemp Seed Mix, £3.89

Boost your growing baby’s development and satisfy your pregnant snack craving with these flavoured hemp seeds. They’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre and come in four flavours: natural, sweet cinnamon, Asian spices and Italian herbs.
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Sakata Japanese crackers, £1.99

Sakata Japanese rice crackers are oven baked so they’re lower in fat than regular crisps. Cruncy and ever so moreish.
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G’nosh dippables, snack pack £1.89

Mouth-watering flavours make these dips perfect for when you’re on the go – each comes with a side order of grissini dippers.
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BEAR Blackcurrant YoYo Fruit Roll, £0.49

These fruit roll-ups are made from pureed fruit which is then baked until dry and then rolled up. They contain no added sugar, sulphites or stabilisers, and are packed full of fibre, as well as being extremely moreish. Great for sharing with your toddler, too.
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YooMoo Cherry Chocolate Frozen Yogurt, £1.79

So it’s not exactly warm outside, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a frozen snack. These frozen yogurts are low in fat, but will make you believe you’re tucking into your favourite ice-cream.
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Waitrose LOVElife dried apricots, £0.70 (50g bag)

Dried apricots are rich in fibre, so perfect for boosting digestive health, especially in pregnancy, as well as hitting that hunger pang.
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Tesco Honey Oats and Linseed Mini Crackers, £1.69

Keep a bag of these in your handbag or desk drawer for a mid-morning snack. The linseeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which boost brain health.
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Tyrell’s Apple Crisps, £1.29

If you’re craving crunchy crisps but trying to be healthy, these apple crisps are high in fibre – they’re cooked with their skins on – and low in fat.
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Marks & Spencer Hadrawi Dates, £2.69

Dates are a fantastic snack for pregnant women as studies have shown that they can help tone the muscles of the uterus to help with birth.
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Nak’d Infused Raisins, £7.99 for a box of 18 bags

For a change from regular dried raisins, these are sun-dried and then infused with natural flavourings such as cherry or lime, making a healthy alternative to processed and sugar-laden sweets. Plus, each bag counts towards one of your five a day.
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Perkier Golden Syrup Porridge Pot, £1.30

Ok, so everybody has those mornings where your breakfast goes out the window because you’re rushed off your feet with your baby. Keep one of these pots in your desk drawer so you can have a filling healthy breakfast at work rather than going on the toast run.
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Waitrose LOVELife Houmous and carrots, £1.00

Houmous is a great source of iron and folic acid – both essential nutrients during pregnancy and for boosting energy when you’re a mum. The addition of carrot dippers provide extra crunch and texture.
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Viva Fresh Strawberries, £1.99 for 400g

Grab a punnet of fresh fruit to snack on through the day, either at home or at your desk. Viva strawberries are available year round, not just in summer, and eating just seven of them provides your recommended daily amount of vitamin C to help boost your immune system.
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Holland & Barrett Almonds, £1.89

Almonds are rich in vitamin E to keep your skin looking great during pregnancy and when you're a mum and fill that hunger gap between breakfast and lunch. 

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