12 ways to beat unhealthy food cravings in pregnancy

Dr Rana Conway, one of the leading experts on nutrition in pregnancy, is working with Organix to offer healthy eating advice to mums-to-be.

Everyone seems to have a different view of food during pregnancy and the advice and information is constantly being updated, so it can be a worry wondering if you’re doing what’s right for your baby.

Unfortunately, mums-to-be often develop a sweet tooth or crave salty snacks during pregnancy, but there is no evidence that your body needs what you crave. The problem with eating more junk food is that you end up eating less of the good stuff. Plus, when mums-to-be eat a high Glycaemic Index (GOrganix Pregnancy Guide front pageI) diet – and most junk foods are high GI foods – babies in the womb are exposed to slightly higher levels of glucose.

Of course, while it’s important to eat a varied, healthy diet, it’s not always easy to do so, so I hope my new book, Organix Little Book of Good Food – Bump to Baby supports and encourages mums-to-be as they consider their food choices and what they’re eating for them and their baby.

Here are some of my top tips.

5 Top Tips to help avoid food cravings

1. Eat a hearty breakfast to prevent you reaching for a mid-morning muffin.

2. Eat low GI carbs, like wholegrain bread, and protein-rich foods like nuts, seeds, Greek yogurt and hard boiled eggs, along with lots of fruit and veg to help you feel fuller for longer.

3. Eat regularly – two to three snacks a day, in addition to three meals, will help ensure blood sugar levels never reach rock bottom.

4. Have healthy snack foods ready at work and home, so you are not tempted by a quick fix.

5. Get an early night – being tired can make you eat more and often choose the wrong types of food.

6 Junk Food swaps to keep cravings under control

1. Swap chocolate for strawberries dipped in a good quality dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids.

2. Swap ice-cream for sliced banana with natural yogurt, a swirlof honey and some flaked almonds.

3. Swap crisps for plain or lightly salted popcorn.

4. Swap cake for toasted wholemeal bagel with mashed banana and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

5. Swap fizzy drinks for Pure fruit juice mixed with sparkling water.

6. Swap chewy sweets for a small handful of dried apricots or raisins.

 Junk food swaps

You can download your free copy of the Organix Little Book of Good Food – Bump to Baby at www.organix.com/bumptobaby

For delicious, healthy recipes for each trimester visit www.organix.com/recipes/bumptobaby

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