Be it gummy bears, jelly beans or peanut butter cups, candy is a popular pregnancy craving. To keep from going overboard, put your favorite candy in the freezer, says Paola Mora, RD, CDN, who counsels pregnant women at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. “I will eat an entire bag of M&M’s Pretzel candies without a problem,” she says. “But if it’s been in the freezer, it takes a lot longer to chew through.” And the longer it takes you to eat something, the less likely you are to overeat it. Mora also suggests using fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Mangoes, bananas and grapes are among the sweetest fruits, and unlike candy, they also deliver fiber and nutrients such as potassium and vitamins A and C. Craving something with a bit of crunch? Snack on a handful of trail mix. Sweeten it up with a small piece of dark chocolate or dried fruit.
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