Eating For Two? Think Again.

Eating For Two? Think Again.

If you’re an expecting mother unsure about what or how much to eat, this post in collaboration with FoodBaby is for you.

We realise the importance of having to eat enough when you’re eating for two- but that doesn’t mean you need to literally eat for two!

Pregnant women are recommended to eat a few extra servings in some particular food categories like grains, legumes and protein for that extra nutrition. Fats and sugars however, are suppose to be enjoyed in moderation, no matter if you are pregnant or not.

There are numerous negative side effects to eating too much during pregnancy. Overeating can increase your unborn child’s risk of being born overweight or obese and in turn increasing their chances of becoming overweight or obese as an adult and developing heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and respiratory problems.

To ensure your baby get’s the best nutritional womb care, simply swap the processed junk food for fresh healthy food and ensure you don’t over do it on portion sizes.

Here are some healthy snack substitutions that are sure to satisfy any sort of craving you may have!

Craving something sweet?

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  • Instead of sugary lollies, pick fruit. 
    In season now are delicious berries like strawberries and blueberries, which are packed with antioxidants. Also reach for papaya, mango, oranges or rockmelon. Fruit contains natural sugars which are good for you, but too much can be like having candy. Stick to the 2 fruit and 5 veg a day and you’ll be ok 😉
  • Instead of ice cream, go for blended frozen fruit.
    From mixed berries to mango to banana, there are so many flavour combinations you can make. Blend fruit in a blender and then freeze in a tray over night. The next day you will have your own healthy version of ice cream!

Craving something sour?

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  • Instead of a sour snakes, go for sour fruit or greek yoghurt. 
    Go for acidic fruits like pineapple or oranges, even squeeze some lemon or lime on your favourite fruit – it doesn’t only add a sour element,  it actually brings the flavour out!

Craving something savoury?

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  • Instead of hot chips or crisps, go for baked veggie chips or rice crackers.
    Baked kale chips, eggplant or sweet potato rings with a splash of olive oil and a sprinkling of salt does the trick perfectly! Enjoy rice crackers with some hummus or replace the crackers with celery, carrot, cucumber or capsicum sticks for an even healthier snack.

Happy healthy snacking!

Leah & Xixi x

This post is a collaboration with Foodbabyau to give you the best tips for healthy eating. Check our their original post here

Put An End To Junk Food Cravings

Put An End To Junk Food Cravings

Junk food is one of the leading causes of childhood obesity and can increase your risk of developing diabetes, dementia, heart disease and respiratory problems in adulthood.

So how can we avoid these horrible health problems? By stopping what is making us want junk food so bad. Cravings.

What is it about nutrient-void, calorie high junk food that is so addicting we just can’t help but crave them?

Foods like chocolate and lollies that are high in sugar or hot chips and crisps that are high in salt and saturated fat are made to make you feel good. The reason being they increase your serotonin levels which gives you pleasure and makes you feel calm and relaxed in return.

Junk foods are also designed to trick your brain into thinking your body is receiving the right nutrients. They feed you just enough calories so your brain registers it is getting some energy but not too much so your brain doesn’t register you are full. The result is you end up craving these foods and usually tend to overeat.

While they may trick you into feeling good in the short-term, don’t be fooled. Junk food is highly processed and contains large amounts of carbohydrates, added sugar, unhealthy fats, and salt offering little to no nutritional value to your body. They feed your body things it isn’t made to digest and leads to one putting on weight, increasing their chances of becoming obese.

In the long-term junk food has detrimental affects on your body and brain. Chocolate and greasy fast foods are your skin’s worst nightmare contributing to acne and skin irritations. Sugary foods like cookies, ice cream, juices, doughnuts and lollies are detrimental to your teeth, strenuous on your organs, can contribute to depression and affect your memory and your brain’s ability to learn.

So, how can you kick these junk food cravings?

Well thankfully, the less junk food you eat, the less you crave it. So, help curb those cravings today by getting to know the right healthy food alternative for your body. Here is a list of the popular foods people crave, and their healthy substitutes:

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By Leah