Believe it or not, every pregnant woman will experience some type of pregnancy cravings. Whether you’re drooling for a crunchy jar of sour pickles or begging for a slice of warm apple, your sweet tooth won’t stop urging until you satisfy its needs. Instead of indulging in fat-filled buckets of ice-cream, try some of these alternatives next time you sense yourself experiencing those guilty pregnancy cravings. These options are not only satisfying but they are also healthier than the typical bag of potato chips.
1. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate has been proven to be healthier than milk chocolate and white chocolate. Grab a small pack of dark chocolate and eat a piece every time you need a quick boost of sugary goodness. Remember, moderation is key!
2. Fruit Bars
Fruit bars are not only delicious, but they’re also low in calories and fat. Flavors range from pineapple, peach, strawberry and more. Outburst fruit bars are made with real fruit so you’ll enjoy tiny bits of it in every bite.
Whether you love creamy strawberry, blueberry, peach or green apple, there are never enough flavors to choose from when it comes to selecting yogurt. Greek yogurt is high in calcium and it is great for satisfying your sweet tooth.
A cold bowl of cereal might just be enough to satisfy your sweet cravings. Choose from whole wheat brands and select items that are rich in fiber and folic acid to reduce the risk of birth defects.
5. Herbal Tea
Add a pinch of raw sugar enjoy a cup of warm herbal tea. Tea can provide an additional source of nutrients such as calcium, magnesium and iron. Just be sure to purchase decaffeinated tea to prevent you from staying up all night.
Sugar-free pudding and Jell-O are wonderful healthy snack alternatives. They are quick and easy snack for those grab-and-go cravings.
Add a little brown sugar, cinnamon, raisins or cranberries and enjoy a delicious bowl of hearty oatmeal. This is also a great alternative to unhealthy foods like chips and candy.
8. Pineapple Salsa
Although it’s not your typical sweet tooth craving, pineapple salsa is a delicious and satisfying dish. Try mixing fresh pineapple with salsa, onions, scallions and lime juice. Serve it with baked tortilla chips and you’ll have yourself the perfect sweet and salty snack.
9. Kettle Corn
Popcorn isn’t just ideal for movies; it’s also an ideal sweet tooth craving during pregnancy. Kettle corn, more so than buttery popcorn, is a great sweet food item to enjoy when you’re craving something sweet. Choose popcorn brands with low butter and it’ll be sure to have your taste buds tingling!