Although it's not healthy to overeat while you're pregnant, occasional snacks can actually be good for you. Satisfying your late-night cravings will help you get a restful night's sleep, and choosing healthy treats is an easy way to get more nutrients to your growing baby. Just remember to keep your snacks small, since eating a full meal at midnight will make you uncomfortably full.
If you're dreaming of something salty and crunchy, choose popcorn. Make a bowl of light buttered popcorn and sprinkle it with shredded Parmesan cheese. If you like spice, add a dash of cumin and cayenne pepper. The protein in a handful of nuts will also satisfy your craving. Limit yourself to a 1/3-cup serving of nuts, however, since they contain lots of fat. If you're craving chips, melt a sprinkling of shredded cheddar cheese on baked tortilla chips and dip them in salsa.
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When you're craving something sweet, make it fruit. The fiber and protein in fruit will keep you full until morning, and the taste will satisfy your sweet tooth. Pour out a bowl of high-fiber cereal and skim milk and top it with mixed berries, or sliced strawberries and bananas. If you prefer a creamy snack, mix a cup of low-fat yogurt with a teaspoon of honey, a sprinkling of granola and the sliced fruit of your choice.
On a cold winter night, a hot midnight snack will comfort you enough to send you back to sleep. Heat up a bowl of low-sodium soup. Choose a variety that's packed with vegetables, like minestrone, since the nutrients and fiber will be beneficial to your baby. To make a hot, salty pizza, cover an English muffin with tomato sauce, shredded cheese and sliced vegetables. Cook the muffin until the cheese is melted. A bowl of oatmeal topped with fruit will give you plenty of fiber and protein to keep you satisfied until breakfast.
When you're sweating and stuffy, an icy-cold treat will cool your body down quickly. Skip the fatty ice cream and choose frozen yogurt or sorbet instead. Cover one scoop with chopped nuts and fruit or a drizzle of hot fudge. Popsicles made with real fruit juice are often so low in calories, you can enjoy two of them if one isn't enough. With a little advance planning, a chocolate-covered frozen banana is easy to make. Dip a freshly-peeled banana in melted dark chocolate and freeze it for an hour.