How to Eat Healthy During Pregnancy:Decoding Pregnancy Cravings
Maybe you've always blanched at bacon, and now you can't get enough. That's totally normal: Pregnant gals often start hankering for some kooky food combinations. We put out a Facebook call to see what you were drooling over, and you dished about your love of foods like pickles, spicy chicken wings, and vinegar. (Many of you wanted to subsist on McDonald's French fries for nine months -- and although we don't recommend noshing on them every day, we totally empathize. You can cave sometimes...we won't judge!)
Good news: There are lots of healthy ways to prepare some of the foods you're craving. We rounded up recipes featuring your gotta-have-'em ingredients. Go ahead--indulge those wacky whims.
I craved pineapple. I would eat at least a can a day. --Sallee Glickler
For a healthy breakfast or snack, mix pineapple or other fruits with cottage cheese -- a 1/2-cup serving contains a whopping 15 grams of protein. During pregnancy, your daily protein intake rises from about 45g per to 70g per day -- so keep chowing down on protein-filled foods!
I couldn't stop eating black olives! Eww--I hated them before! --Jessica Shaw Harris
Luckily, a few of these go a long way. Serve them with braised chicken for a flavorful and healthy dish.
I ate cheese like it was going out of style.
You know that calcium is crucial for building and maintaining bone health, and it's even more important during pregnancy and new motherhood. You'll need to up your daily dose during your third trimester, when your baby's skeleton is developing most rapidly. So go ahead and stock up on low-fat varieties of cheese.
Near the end of my pregnancy, I wanted limes dipped in salt. Yeah, that tore my teeth up.
Limes make a great low-cal addition to beverages. Swap your daily soda for seltzer water with fresh lime. You'll cut your calories without sacrificing flavor.
I could eat tomatoes every day! I loved them!
--Christine Ann Scaccio-Pokorny
Keep 'em coming. Tomatoes are full of lycopene and potassium, which helps maintain healthy blood. Plus, the antioxidant-rich veggie may strengthen your immune system.
I craved red peppers and ate them all the time, but I hated any form of pepper until I got pregnant. --Megan Kroes
Red peppers pack antioxidant-rich vitamin C and fiber, and its vitamin A helps boost healthy vision. Toss a few red or green slices into this fried rice, which is a great way to add bell peppers to your diet (and a healthy alternative to takeout!)
I generally hate oranges, but while preggo I couldn't stop eating them. --Emily Wood-Varsho
That's a good thing! Oranges deliver lots of vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium, which can help lower high blood pressure, a particular risk during pregnancy. (Proceed with a bit of caution, though: Citrus fruits can also cause heartburn.) This salad makes a delicious lunch or sweet side.
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