Physicians often recommend that pregnant women consume nearly 70 grams of protein each day.

After the first trimester, a baby’s body starts to grow at a rapid pace. The mother’s body changes in noticeable ways, too. Extra protein is required for all of this growth, and not all women consume enough protein during a pregnancy. For many pregnant women, high-protein snacks are a simple but effective solution.

Snacks that are high in protein make it that much easier to reach the daily recommendation.

Here are some high-protein snacks worth trying out:

Greek-style yogurt with add-ins

A single serving of Greek yoghurt contains anywhere from 10 to 20 grams of protein. By adding in healthy nuts, pregnant women can increase that amount with ease. Other add-ins can simply be used for flavour, though. Greek-style yoghurt continues to grow in popularity. Therefore, a woman shouldn’t hesitate to eat a serving of yoghurt with the right add-ins once or twice per day.

Hard boiled eggs with a pinch of salt

Large hard boiled eggs contain six grams of protein and can be prepared ahead of time.

Two hard boiled eggs with a pinch of salt are the perfect snack for pregnant women looking for added protein.

For the best results, this snack should be consumed once every few days. Eggs are high in cholesterol and shouldn’t be consumed every single day. They contain a number of other nutrients, and salt adds a dash of flavour.

BHUJA crunchy seasoned peas 

Undoubtedly, some pregnant women prefer more flavour in their snacks.

BHUJA crunchy seasoned peas feature five grams of protein per serving. These crunchy green peas are combined with various spices for a powerful flavour combination. Plus, they contain no cholesterol or trans fats.

Women won’t find GMOs in these peas, and every package is vegan and vegetarian. It’s the perfect healthy snack with noticeable flavour.



Porridge with fruit added in 

Porridge tends to come with six to 12 grams of protein per serving. Then again, some high-protein options feature more than that. Adding in some fruit to a bowl of porridge brings other nutrients into the equation.

Therefore, a pregnant woman shouldn’t hesitate to prepare some porridge in the morning.

It even contains complex carbohydrates, which provides energy and helps control appetites.

Nuts and dried fruit

Combining protein-rich nuts with dried fruit can only produce positive results.

Almonds, cashews, and pistachios contain five to seven grams of protein per serving. With dried fruit added in, pregnant women will find this combination to be the best snack around.

It might seem like a simple combination, but the vitamins and minerals consumed make a difference. Countless combinations are available here, too.

Don’t miss out on protein during pregnancy!

Most Australian diets feature large amounts of protein in a day’s main meals. Still, many pregnant women will find themselves in need of more protein.

The previously mentioned snacks, and dozens of other potential options, can help each woman reach their daily recommendation.

Such snacks can be consumed to reach other nutritional goals during pregnancy, too. In the end, protein is vital in the later stages of pregnancy for mother and baby alike.

Do you have any other suggestions on ways to consume more protein in the day? Please share in the comments below.

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  • Double bonus – they are yummy and healthy!

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  • These sound like great snacks even if your not pregnant. I think I might have to give them a go as well and I’m not pregnant

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  • BHUJA crunchy seasoned peas.Never tried before.Interesting fact they contain no cholesterol or trans fats.

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  • These are great for everyday too even if you aren’t pregnant.

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  • All beautiful foods we like to eat here, pregnant or not ;)

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  • Do not be fooled into having more protein, as long as you have a good low fat healthy wholefood diet you are covered, all vegetables and grains have protein too. Just getting enough fresh food, wholefood grains, lots of greens, good carbs and enough calories. I took spirulina supplement which is a good all rounder for pregnancies, I highly recommend it.

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  • I didn’t realise porridge was a good protein source – love these alternatives…and helpful comments.

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  • As a gym junkie I eat roughly 120g protein per day a snack I want to gain muscle but also a lot of my favourite foods are protein rich. At the moment I’m not pregant but we are hoping to be again.


    • Too much protein is not healthy either, you only build muscle via exercise and you can still get enough protein from good healthy wholefood carbs and leafy greens.

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  • Nuts, dried fruit, eggs, cheese….all on my daily diet list. Chicken for salad sandwiches etc

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  • This was an interesting mini article. Thanks for posting!

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  • This is very interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

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  • I loved eating hard boiled eggs. Actually I still do!

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  • I ate a lot of chickpeas, but like the idea of eggs as well

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  • Baked beans, not for everyone but I seriously love them!

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  • such good snack suggests, I have a boiled egg almost every day!

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