Archives for September 2014

Tips for Dining Out with Gestational Diabetes

Tips for Dining Out with Gestational Diabetes

dining out with gestational diabetesDining out with gestational diabetes can sometimes loses its charm. The huge portions, rich sauces, and decadent desserts sometimes feel like they are just taunting you. However, whether it is a special night out, a gathering with friends, or one of those days where you’re just too tired to cook, everyone dines out once in a while.

Dining out can still be a fun experience, even with gestational diabetes. Your dietary restrictions are not so strict that they omit all of the best foods, and the healthier options honestly almost always taste better. Even so, dining out with gestational diabetes might seem like an overwhelming temptation, considering that you are eating not just for your own heath, but for baby’s health too. [Read more…]

How to Plan Gestational Diabetes Friendly Snacks

How to Plan Gestational Diabetes Friendly Snacks

Snacks are an important part of anyone’s healthy diet, but especially when you are eating for more than just yourself. Your gestational diabetes diet includes recommendations as well as restrictions on what you can and should not eat. Planning ahead helps you make the best decisions possible to keep your blood sugar levels balanced.

Know What to Eat

Simply knowing which foods are good options and which foods should be avoided is a major step up for making the best decisions possible. [Read more…]

Gestational Diabetes Meal Planning Basics

gestational diabetes meal basicsEating for two might seem stressful enough without the added pressure of eating a certain way due to gestational diabetes. Meal planning for a gestational diabetes diet really doesn’t have to be so difficult, however. There are some gestational diabetes meal basics that can help you make life and eating easier.

Easy enough, in fact, that these basics can be broken down into three main tips to make meal planning easier for you.

Three Main Meal Planning Basics for Gestational Diabetes: [Read more…]

Planning Foods For Your Baby Shower With Gestational Diabetes

Planning Foods For Your Baby Shower With Gestational Diabetes

baby shower with gestational diabetesBaby showers are a time for celebrating your impending arrival with your friends and family. No one wants to have to worry about what to eat and what not to eat. For soon to be mothers with gestational diabetes, this is a constant worry.

With gestational diabetes, what you eat can affect your blood sugar levels. This can be uncomfortable for you as well as potentially dangerous for both you and baby. So keeping track of your diet is of the utmost importance.

There are plenty of foods that you can eat without worrying so much, however, and these options make perfect foods for your special celebration.

 

Here are some guidelines for choosing foods for your baby shower:

Low Carbohydrate OptionsCarbohydrates are really just as important as your sugar intake, because they turn into sugar in your body. Choose low or no carbohydrate options wherever you can. When you do use carbohydrates, for example crackers, choose the whole wheat options.

No Sugar Added— When it comes to any sweet offerings for your party, choose naturally sweet and no sugar added options. Avoid anything with artificial sweeteners.

Keep It Fresh— Lots of fresh fruits and veggies are not only delicious, but they make a beautiful and impressive display for any get-together.

Gestational Diabetes Friendly Food Ideas For Your Baby Shower

Vegetable Platter— A big and delicious display of fresh vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and cherry tomatoes is an impressive and colorful addition to any party buffet. Offer some healthy and yummy dipping options such as hummus and fat free ranch dressing.

Fruit Basket— Alongside your impressive fresh veggie display, fix your sweet tooth with some snack-able fresh fruit. Make or buy a fruit platter, or check out Pinterest for some truly impressive fruit display options. You can even make a sweet baby carriage out of fruit for the perfect decorative touch.

Cucumber Bites— Use peeled and sliced cucumbers as a base for specialty salads for a refreshing finger food option. Simply scoop out a tiny bit off the middle of the cucumber slice and top with a scoop of chicken or tuna salad. Garnish with a tiny piece of parsley or green olive slice for decoration.

Mini Pizzas— Make tiny versions of pizzas by using whole wheat pita or English muffins as a base and adding sauce, cheese, and toppings.

Parfaits— Use small plastic or glass glasses to make fancy looking parfaits to serve to your guests. They couldn’t be easier to make for how fancy they look. Simply layer plain Greek yogurt, fruit, granola, and honey in the glasses. They are super simple to make, delicious, and healthy, and they also make an impressive display to your guests.

These options will all fill up an impressive looking buffet table as well as fill up your guests with delicious foods that will please anyone. Healthy can be fun and delicious too, and your baby shower is the perfect place to show it. With a little planning and creativity, your baby shower will be no problem at all, even with gestational diabetes.

For more information on gestational diabetes, look at my other blogs.