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My Favorite Yummy Go To Pregnancy Snacks!

By Keiko Zoll, Disney Baby

When I was pregnant with Judah, my cravings and aversions were allover the place: I couldn't get enough of apples, steak, cheddar cheeseor LIFE cereal and yet, I couldn't even be near once favorite foods ofmine like bananas, chicken and even melted butter! While I had somepretty wicked morning sickness the first half of my pregnancy, rightaround week 20, my appetite came back with a vengeance.

Here are some of my favorite snacks while I was pregnant, many ofwhich I still turn to when I need something yummy to munch on... and I caneven share some of them with my little one now, too!

Being a pregnant foodie, I was always careful about what I could andcouldn't eat while pregnant, but that didn't mean that I couldn't enjoymyself! Later, when I developed gestational diabetes, I had to shift theway I thought about my snacks, not only what I ate but when I waseating it, too. That said, I ate quite well when I was pregnant with Judah, maintaining a balance between healthy and yummy - and of course, trying to satiate the craving of the moment!

I've always been a fan of sweet and salty but when Iwas pregnant, it was like a constant craving for one followed by theother: if I was craving sweet, salty had to follow, and vice versa. Iloved to make a quick plate of grapes and olives, aMediterranean-inspired treat. The bright sweetness of the grapes pairedso well with the velvety, meaty texture and flavor of the olives. Icouldn't get enough of those big green castelvetrano olives!

We had a running joke that when I was pregnant, all Judah really wantedwas "cow" - I couldn't get enough beef, steak, chili, cheese, yogurt andmilk. One of my favorite quick dairy snacks to make was to throw in afew different things into a cup of plain or vanilla Greek yogurt, like pecans, walnuts, dried cranberries or fresh blueberries, and then drizzle some organic honey on top to sweeten it.

Before I got pregnant, I often laughed at the idea of eating pickles andice cream. Then, once I was pregnant, I couldn't get enough of sourthings. While I never actually craved pickles and ice cream at the sametime, I often found myself munching on some cornichons like in the photo above in the afternoon and then having a few bites of ice cream before bedtime.

Probably one of my favorite snacks while pregnant was to make myself a full tapas spread: crusty bread with fig jam and dipping oils, cornichons, more olives and grapes, plus apples and peanut butter,aged hard cheeses (pasteurized, of course), and other tasty morsels Icould graze on throughout the day. Since I had to put the wine and brieon hold, topping it all off with a glass of sparking cider or grape juice still made the whole snack feel special and elegant!

What were some of your favorite snacks when you werepregnant, or, if you've got a little one on the way, what can't YOU getenough of right now?

Read more from Keiko at her blog, Go Team Zoll! or follow her along at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Image: Getty Images

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