Some pregnant women want a refrigerator full of pickles. Others crave spicy foods. But Nicole “Coco” Austin’s cravings are a little, well, sweeter.
“I crave fruit!” the model and TV host, 36, tells PEOPLE. And when she’s dying for a fix, Austin isn’t picky about what shape it comes in: “A variety of fruit: honeydew, blueberries, pineapple,” says Austin, who’s expecting her first child with husband Ice-T. “I fantasize about a bowl of fruit. It’s so weird!”
But, she says, her mommy-to-be cravings aren’t throwing her too far off balance. “Even when I’m not pregnant, I usually have fruit in my diet.”
Fruit is just one way she is maintaining her healthy lifestyle throughout her pregnancy. “I think it has a lot to do with if you’re healthy before you got pregnant,” says Austin, who says she’s been “feeling wonderful” so far. “Your body automatically goes into the healthy zone. It tells you, ‘Okay, we need to step up the health thing,’ but if you’re a healthy person already, I don’t think it’s a big deal.”
She does admit to one little indulgence, though: soda. “I’m not really a soda girl but I’m craving bubbles.”
Check out her daily food log below — and pick up the new issue of PEOPLE (on newsstands now) to read more about her diet.
5 500-ml. bottles of Evian Natural Spring Water
Tall Starbucks chai latte with whole milk and two pumps of vanilla
16-oz. pumpkin, whey-protein shake and an apple with peanut butter
Chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy and a goat cheese salad
A bowl of fruit
2 tacos with a little rice
15-20 Life Savers Gummies
“Swapping out the mashed potato with gravy for a baked sweet potato would make Coco’s lunch super healthy,” says dietitian Keri Glassman of NutritiousLife.com. But Glassman gives Austin kudos for adding goat cheese to her salad. “It’s a lower-fat cheese,” she explains. (Pick one that’s pasteurized if you’re pregnant.) And although she thinks Austin should skip the pre-bed candy, she says the real fruit is “a good sweet indulgence.” Plus, she adds: “You need to stay hydrated when you are pregnant and fruit is loaded with water and fiber.”
NOTE: It is recommended that women eat at least 1,200 calories per day, and men eat at least 1,800 calories per day.
– Julia Emmanuele, with reporting by Antoinette Y. Coulton