Coco Austin on Her Pregnancy Cravings: ‘I Fantasize About Fruit’

07/31/2015 at 05:19 PM ET

Coco Austin

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.

Hydration
5 500-ml. bottles of Evian Natural Spring Water

Breakfast
Tall Starbucks chai latte with whole milk and two pumps of vanilla

Snack
16-oz. pumpkin, whey-protein shake and an apple with peanut butter

Lunch
Chicken breast, mashed potatoes with gravy and a goat cheese salad

Snack
A bowl of fruit

Dinner
2 tacos with a little rice

Dessert
15-20 Life Savers Gummies

Total Calories
1, 716

“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

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LaTeresa on

I do not give a black rats ass about this white lady

Lolly on

Oh lord her ass is gonna need its own zip code now. 😬

Anonymous on

It’s crazy how we crave certain foods, even ones we normally dislike and even like least favorite foods while pregnant. I could drink apple juice all day with my son and sugar (I was good) with my daughter. I loved Kraft American slices like crazy then had my son and now they gross me out to just eat one out of the wrapper. I hated runny eggs to dip bread in and now because of my daughter I love them.

Tasha on

Congrats to Coco & Ice T..

Guest54 on

When you order a chai latte at Starbucks, ask for it “No water, extra hot.” Otherwise they put a whole bunch of hot water in it. I learned this a while back. It’s much better without the water. BTW that’s not a healthy breakfast. A fiber cereal would be much healthier.

AmandaR on

false. Being a healthy person does not mean you will have an easy pregnancy. Everyone’s body reacts differently to pregnancy. It’s insulting to me who is laying in bed terribly sick and pregnant for her to say all I need to do is be healthy when I am.

sandy on

that seems like a horrible diet while pregnant!

jj92713 on

AmandaR … I agree with you, everyone has a completely different pregnancy, healthy to begin with or not. Hang in there, you’ll be feeling better before you know it!!!🙂

Pam on

Lol! A latte doesn’t count as breakfast! I wouldn’t call this meal plan healthy. All I craved when I was pregnant was fruit also. That’s probably the only thing we had in common.

Anonymous on

I’m sure she is craving “bananas”! Has anyone seen their show? Wow!!!Ice we know why you are with her! Any who cares about her f… diet really?? And for the comment from jj92713 oh wow are you their best friend? do you even know them saying “hang in there”!!crap

hmm on

Oreos… that’s all I wanted when I was pregnant. And normally I like asparagus but I didn’t even like looking at it when I was expecting.

Deborah on

I craved to chew ice. BTW, I thought she was my age, 46. WOW

Comment Maker on

Dear Anonymous,
You do realize that jj is commenting to AmandaR, not Coco. Take it down a notch. Sheesh.

And why are we talking about diets and how many calories men and women should have daily? It’s an article about a pregnant chick, shouldn’t you be advocating how many calories a pregnant woman should eat?

mikie on

I’m sorry, coco, but you need to step up the cal intake here. And a healthy breakfast would do you and the baby worlds of good. 1700 cals while pregnant is not enough

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