How to make your pregnancy cravings healthier

Pregnant Ice Cream Craving

In reality, cravings are usually less extreme, but often not super healthy. It’s OK to give in to a pregnancy craving if your physical condition is otherwise good—just try not to go overboard.

Also, read: 7 Useful Suggestions in Dealing With Food Cravings During Pregnancy

Here’s how to enjoy your pregnancy craving in a healthy way, plus some alternatives to common pregnancy cravings.


Chocolate


Go ahead and eat the sweet treat. But to avoid excessive caffeine and sugar, stick with 100 calories’ worth per day, preferably of dark chocolate. Drizzle chocolate over fruit, so you’re still having it—you’re just having less.

See: 2 Healthy Cakes to Eat During Pregnancy

Ice cream


A daily bowl of ice cream is fine, as long as the serving size is modest and it’s your only high-sugar treat of the day. Or try “ice cream”: See: Homemade mango ice cream and HOME-MADE AVOCADO ICE CREAM

Potato chips


Once you get started, you might find yourself wanting to eat the whole family-sized bag. No one needs that much fat or sodium. If you crave a salty crunch, try popcorn instead. Three cups of oil-popped popcorn have just 120 calories, vs. 450 calories in three cups of chips.

Soft drinks


Some pregnant women crave the sweet, carbonated and caffeinated buzz from soda. Soft drinks are pure sugar, so keep servings small (half cup) if you indulge. If it’s the fuzzy bubbles you crave, try sparkling water spiked with a dash of fresh fruit juice.
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