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Healthy Substitutes For Fast Food Pregnancy Cravings

At some point in pregnancy, you will most likely crave fast food or junk food. It's a normal craving but has been found to be destructive. When you're craving sweets, what are options to make sure you stay healthy while still giving in to your sweet tooth? What are the best options besides McDonald's (where even the salads are loaded with bad ingredients and extra, empty calories)? What are the options to drink besides sugar and empty calorie loaded soda?

Here are a few suggestions on how to substitute fast food cravings.

If you're craving a burger...

If you're craving a burger, there are many grills and steakhouses with healthier options. They may be slower service and pricier, but you are getting real beef without tons of added ingredients. You can also buy beef, they make pre-made burgers as well as ground beef that you can pat into burgers.

If you take the make it at home option, you control what goes into the sandwich. This is the healthiest option, you can use the cheese you want, burger the size you want and you control every part of the meal. You can even use lettuce wraps instead of a bun to cut down on unhealthy carbs, or use whole grain bread!

If you're craving fries...

If you're craving fries, use oil of your choice and fry your own potatoes or sweet potatoes. All you have to do is slice the potato long-ways and small enough like typical fries. Another option is to slice them up, put them on a tray and cook them in the oven.

Oven baked fries have the least amount of grease and are the healthiest option.

If you're craving soda or other sweet drinks...

Go with bottled water like Bai. It's still higher in sugar, but it is healthier than soda. Most flavored waters are loaded in sugar or sweeteners. You also can take normal water and add some honey or add lemon, lime, any citrus fruit or any other fruit of your choice to add a bit of sweetness. If you add fruit to your water, it will be the healthiest option (besides normal water). You can also order unsweetened tea instead of the soft drink version and add your own sweetener to it. Be mindful of teas and sodas as well, as they may contain caffeine. Of course, consult your doctor to determine how much caffeine is acceptable for you.

Subway and Panera are healthier choices than many other fast food options. Subway has many different bread options but you can also get any sandwich made into a salad and they have the option to add baked chips instead of normal, fried crisps. Panera is and isn't fast food. They don't take a lot of time, but they are a sit-down restaurant. They make their own bread and have some delicious salads.

The healthiest options will always be to cook yourself. Eating out naturally gives you bigger portions, higher calories and when you cook or bake your own food, it gives you full control over what you eat. Arby's is a healthier option than McDonald's, Burger King or Taco Bell. Hardees and Wendy's give healthier (less fatty, greasy) options but no restaurant is healthier than making it at home, using carefully selected ingredients.

Of course, it's perfectly okay to give in to a craving every once in a while, but try these healthy alternatives! Who knows, you just may find a new favorite...

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