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To indulge or not to indulge: Let's talk about cravings

To help keep your pregnancy on track and satisfy those food cravings, here are 10 healthy "food fixes" to satisfy your taste buds and pamper the diva in you!
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Depending on what foods you crave during your pregnancy, you can indulge a little — or a lot. Certainly if you're craving yogurt and fruit shakes, or bowls of oatmeal, you can probably eat to your heart's content! But what if all you can think of is that premium, high-fat strawberry ice cream? Experts say concentrate on what it is about this snack that's making you feel satisfied.

Try a substitution

Is it the sweet taste, the creamy consistency, the strawberry flavor? Or maybe it's just the idea of eating something cold that satisfies those cravings. Once you lock in on the nature of what you crave, substituting a low-calorie, somewhat healthier food may be easy — like exchanging that bowl of ice cream for low-fat strawberry yogurt or fresh strawberries with a low-fat dessert topping.

Healthy food fixes

Craving: Ice cream
Try: Nonfat frozen yogurt, sorbet or sherbet

Craving: Cola/sodas
Try: Flavored carbonated mineral water

Craving: Doughnuts/pastry
Try: Whole grain bagel with fresh fruit jam

Craving: Cake
Try: Low-fat banana or zucchini bread

Craving: Sugar-coated cereal
Try: Whole grain cereal or oatmeal with brown sugar

Craving: Potato chips
Try: Low-sodium, low-fat chips, popcorn, pretzels or veggie chips

Craving: Sour cream
Try: Nonfat sour cream or nonfat plain yogurt flavored with herbs

Craving: Sundae toppings
Try: Fresh berries or bananas

Craving: Canned fruits in heavy syrup
Try: Fresh fruit, frozen unsweetened fruit packed in water or fruit juice

Craving: Lunch meats
Try: Low-fat or fat-free versions; substitute turkey bologna or hot dogs for beef variety or try soy dogs

Craving: Whipped cream
Try: Ice cold nonfat milk whipped with a hand-held immersion blender

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 7reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by Its good to see a list of healthy alternatives. This was very informative. June 27, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I was told to stay away from cold meats such as bologna and hot dogs as they may carry seminal.... I suffered from food poisoning from eating hotdogs when i was about 6 months pregnant.... being my first time having food poisoning, it was not fun.... i must say it was much worse then the morning sickness i suffered for the first 4 months.... June 2, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I found this very useful, especially because of my insane cravings for ice cream, great article! April 15, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I found that planning my meals ahead of time helps me to not over eat and it also helps me to eat healtier foods. February 10, 2012
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