One of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby is to eat small, frequent meals full of nutrients and fiber to keep things moving smoothly (to avoid constipation and hemorrhoids) and keep growth on track. This means some pre-planning and prep work may be the sign of the times so you can avoid noshing on easily accessible sugar-filled snacks on the go. A good way to keep healthy snacks on hand is to invest in liquid and food storage containers for snacking and hydration.
For snacking, we like easy-to-use, easy-to-clean containers you can use repeatedly. This is good for you and the environment. We prefer glass or stainless steel containers over plastics because they do not impart flavor, smells, or chemicals to their contents. Studies show that many plastics (other than BPA) contain endocrine disrupters chemicals. These chemicals leach into the contents of the container and can potentially affect the health of you and your baby. This makes them poor choices in our book for food or water storage as you could be ingesting more than you intend. Using glass and steel means you are only ingesting what you pack inside and nothing more.
Our top container choices are included here for easy reference:
- Water on the go is easiest to keep on hand with a great water bottle with either a wide mouth opening for easy cleaning or a sports bottle lid for easy sipping. Steel options include the Hydro Flask Bottle Stainless Steel Insulated with Sport Cap. A silicone sleeved glass choice is the Lifefactory 22 Ounce Glass Bottle with Classic Cap.
- Single containers are great for snacks on the go and make clean-up a breeze. The Lunch Bots 16 Ounce Thermal Stainless Food Container is an insulated stainless steel container with a screw-top lid that can hold liquids or solids without leaking.
- The LunchBots Bento Cinco is a cool way to bring a variety of snacks in a single container. If you aren't sure what you might crave later, this box is a good way to keep your options open with multiple compartments for smaller portions.
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists - Nutrition During Pregnancy