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!
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.
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.
Craving: Ice creamTry: Nonfat frozen yogurt, sorbet or sherbet
Craving: Cola/sodasTry: Flavored carbonated mineral water
Craving: Doughnuts/pastryTry: Whole grain bagel with fresh fruit jam
Craving: CakeTry: Low-fat banana or zucchini bread
Craving: Sugar-coated cerealTry: Whole grain cereal or oatmeal with brown sugar
Craving: Potato chipsTry: Low-sodium, low-fat chips, popcorn, pretzels or veggie chips
Craving: Sour creamTry: Nonfat sour cream or nonfat plain yogurt flavored with herbs
Craving: Sundae toppingsTry: Fresh berries or bananas
Craving: Canned fruits in heavy syrupTry: Fresh fruit, frozen unsweetened fruit packed in water or fruit juice
Craving: Lunch meatsTry: Low-fat or fat-free versions; substitute turkey bologna or hot dogs for beef variety or try soy dogs
Craving: Whipped creamTry: Ice cold nonfat milk whipped with a hand-held immersion blender
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