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10 Healthy Snacks To Fight Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

Cravings and the desire for not so healthy food choices often effects most pregnant women even if they’re following a healthy pregnancy eating plan.

Nutritionist’s, Elisha Danine, shares some great healthy snack ideas for one of the more common cravings – CHOCOLATE!!

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I’m not aware of a single pregnant woman that didn’t have some sort of pregnancy food cravings – and chocolate seems to be the most common!

Chocolate boosts serotonin production (the feel good hormone) so it does more than just satisfy our taste buds. But too much of a good thing can lead to excess weight gain and even more sugar cravings, which will send your blood sugar through the roof. This may also increase your chances of developing gestational diabetes. A condition that can stay with you for life.

Try some of these snacks as a prevention or alternative to a chocolate fix.

1. Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Raw chocolate is so much better for you than milk chocolate as it contains higher amounts of minerals such as iron and magnesium. Try this snack for your daily amount of omega 6 fats (from avocado). To make the mousse combine 50g avocado, 2 tsp raw cacao, 1 tbsp coconut cream, a pinch of stevia and whizz in blender until smooth. Place in fridge for 2 hours and serve. 1 serve = 215 calories

2. Dried Banana Chips

Make your own banana chips at home if you have a food dehydrator or borrow a friend’s if you don’t have one. It’s simple and cost effective and makes an easy portable snack. Use bananas to help fight chocolate cravings as they are high in fibre and will keep you feeling full. ½ cup (50g) of banana chips = 173 calories

3. Pumpkin Seeds

A magnesium deficiency is said to bring on chocolate cravings. Pumpkin seeds are high in this mineral and make a perfect snack to carry around in your handbag for those hunger moments. Calories per 30g serve = 172 calories

4. Cacao Delight Smoothie  Chocolate Thickie

Try this spicy protein Smoothie to satisfy your chocolate cravings. This Cacao Delight Smoothie consists of – 1 litre coconut water, 1 tbsp of coconut oil, 1 tbsp raw cacao powder, 2 tbsp Healthy Mummy Pregnancy Smoothie powder and 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder. Process until smooth in a blender. The natural electrolytes in the coconut water will keep you hydrated all day and the protein and cinnamon will keep your blood sugar levels stable until your next meal. These quantities makes 2 serves. Each serve = 174 calories

5. Cucumbers

Cucumbers contain caffeic acid, which helps prevent water retention in the body – a common complaint from pregnant women. They are also high in folate which helps to prevent neural tube defects in the unborn baby. They are nice plain or with a little sprinkle of salt. The high fibre content will help prevent sugar cravings for many hours. Each 100g of cucumber contains 15 calories

6. Asparagus

Asparagus is high in folate which is needed in higher amounts in the first trimester in pregnancy. Grilled asparagus with balsamic is a tasty snack that will help curb your appetite until your next meal. Filling up on greens will tend to prevent chocolate cravings due to the magnesium content. 100g of asparagus = 20 calories.

7. Pomegranate

This superfood is sweet and tangy and is high in vitamin C, boosts immunity, improves circulation and helps to prevent diabetes. It has many benefits including being high in soluble and insoluble fibres and with only 83 calories per 100g it is a much better option than sugary, milk chocolate.

8. Figs  honey figs

Figs are high in vitamin B6, which has long been thought to be beneficial in alleviating morning sickness. They are also known to help balance blood sugar which can help prevent unhealthy snacking and mood swings. 1 large fig (7cm diameter) has 45 calories.

9. Chocolate ‘Pudding’

This ‘pudding’ is a great low calorie chocolate fix. It is a delicious snack which helps increase your protein intake as recommended in pregnancy. Mix a 100g tub of low fat natural yoghurt with 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder for a mousse like treat with a fraction of the calories. 1 serve = 98 calories

10. Grainy Toast with Baked Beans

This easy to prepare snack is full of fibre and will help reduce sweet cravings. 1 slice of toast with 2 tablespoons of baked beans, salt reduced = 140 calories.

 

Disclaimer: Always speak to your doctor before changing your diet,taking any supplements or undertaking any exercise program in pregnancy. The information on this site is for reference only and is not medical advice and should not be treated as such, and is not intended in any way as a substitute for professional medical advice..

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written by:

Elisha Danine

Elisha is a clinical nutritionist who specialises in nutrition for weight loss, insulin resistance, digestive and mental health. Elisha has a huge amount of experience in complimentary health, particularly in helping to work through food related issues such as diabetes and obesity, and provide assistance to combat emotional eating. She has been part of the Healthy Mummy team of experts since 2012, writing informative blog posts, contributing to our recipe books and the 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge recipes. Elisha loves working for The Healthy Mummy because “I love creating family friendly recipes, knowing that women all around the country are losing weight and gaining more confidence and changing their lives for the better.”