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Dinner Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

Dinner Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

dinner ideas for gestational diabetesAt the end of a long and exhausting day, you want a delicious comfort-style meal to feed your empty belly. When you are eating for two, you have to consider the health repercussions of the foods you eat. Especially with gestational diabetes, you want to make sure that you and baby are getting the best, healthiest, balanced meals possible.

The best way to construct any meal on a gestational diabetes diet is to balance your carbohydrates with protein, choose whole grains, and fill up on lots of delicious vegetables. Try to avoid “white” carbohydrates like white bread, rice, and pasta because they are considered simple carbohydrates and will basically turn to sugar in your body rather quickly. At the end of your meal, if you are still hungry, fill your plate with more vegetables instead of more pasta, etc. [Read more…]

Late Night Snack Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

Late Night Snack Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

snack ideas for gestational diabetesWho doesn’t like a late night snack? If you’re pregnant, a late night snack is more than keeping hunger at bay. It can also serve to help you sleep through the night and wake up with less morning sickness. For gestational diabetes patients, a late night snack can help keep blood sugar levels stable through the night.

Late night snacking can be tricky, though. It is easy to succumb to sweet tooth cravings or other less than healthy options when you snack carelessly. Instead, you want to make sure that your snacks are just as well planned and balanced as your meals.

Here are some late night snack ideas for gestational diabetes:

 

Unsweetened Greek yogurt with berries and granola: The yogurt packs a protein punch while the berries add sweetness and the granola adds some complex carbohydrates to the mix. [Read more…]

Lunch Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

Lunch Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

lunch ideas for gestational diabetesKeeping your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day means never skipping meals. Especially if you are working outside the home, sometimes remembering to eat lunch or finding healthy lunch options can be a challenge. For the health of yourself and your pregnancy, however, it is important that all gestational diabetes patients eat a healthy and balanced lunch.

For the very best midday meal, you want something that will help to increase your energy and maintain it until your next meal. This means getting your blood sugar to where it needs to be without raising it too much, and keeping it stable. The best way to do this is to balance your carbohydrates with your proteins, and to incorporate lots of healthy fresh vegetables.

Here are some lunch ideas for gestational diabetes: [Read more…]

Healthy Sweet Treats for Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Sweet Treats for Gestational Diabetes

sweet treats for gestational diabetesJust because you have gestational diabetes does not mean that cravings do not apply to you. Like all pregnant women, you likely have some odd food cravings. You might even have a sweet tooth on occasion. Gestational diabetes does mean that you have to watch what you eat to keep your blood glucose levels in check for the safety of your own health as well as the health of your unborn child. So knowing what sweet treats for gestational diabetes are safe could be a real asset.

Sure, there are plenty of sugar free candies, snacks, and desserts, but they are not recommended for women with gestational diabetes. Sugar free foods typically have sugar alcohols which can still raise your blood sugar. They also can have a laxative affect on many people, not to mention that many sugar free foods contain ingredients that could be harmful to baby. In small doses, it is okay to occasionally indulge in a little bit of sugar free sweets, but there are way more satisfying and healthy sweets for you to eat. [Read more…]