Sometimes you need quick and easy. That’s just what this meal is! There are mornings when I just don’t have time to cook or don’t want to cook. That’s why this is the perfect recipe. Yogurt and granola is also a go-to afternoon snack at my house.
Yogurt and Granola:
60z container of plain Greek yogurt
¼ cup granola
½ cup any berries
For this meal, I usually use Fage plain Greek yogurt. I love this yogurt because it is
- packed with protein at 23gm per cup,
- full of probiotics, and
- tastes good—thick and delicious!
Another huge benefit of Greek yogurt is it has even more calcium per ounce than milk does. If you have been following my other blog posts, you will remember how important calcium intake is during pregnancy. Multiple studies link low calcium intake during pregnancy with an increased risk of premature delivery and preeclampsia.
I top my yogurt with granola because it gives me the crunch and sweetness that I crave. I usually make my own granola, but if you prefer to buy it I would recommend choosing a variety that has
- nuts or seeds,
- dried fruit, and
- simple ingredients.
Granola is calorically dense so you don’t need a lot of it, but its also nutrient dense. It is high in fiber, which is especially important during pregnancy to prevent constipation. The nuts and seeds also provide healthy fats, including omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for fetal brain growth and development.
This meal is topped with any berry of your choice. Berries are some of the most nutritious fruits. They are even more important during pregnancy because they are packed with vitamin C, potassium, folate, and fiber, as well as countless antioxidants. Berries are so nutritious that I recommend eating a ½ cup of berries every day; frozen berries count too! In fact, many frozen berries are equally as nutritious as their fresh varieties as they are picked at their peak ripeness and flash frozen so their nutrients are well preserved.