Healthy Salty Snacks For Gestational Diabetes

Healthy Salty Snacks For Gestational Diabetes

salty snacks for gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes means that you have to be careful about your diet in order to keep your blood sugar levels in check for the safety of your unborn baby. Most people realize that this means limiting your sugar intake, but it is actually more than that. The carbohydrates that you ingest are converted into sugar in your body, so they need to be counted as well. This means that salty snacks need to be monitored just as much as sweet snacks do.

 

Actually all pregnant women, not just those with gestational diabetes, should control their salt intake during pregnancy. This is because excess salt can cause water retention, which is responsible for those painfully swollen ankles. Water retention can cause swelling all over your body, increase blood pressure, and even cause stress on your baby.

Sticking to healthy salty snacks is best for everyone, especially women with gestational diabetes. Luckily, there are plenty of options for delicious and satisfying salty snacks for pregnant women everywhere, including those with gestational diabetes. Of course, if you are making any changes to your diet or have any questions at all, you should speak with your doctor first.

Hummus

This delicious treat is popular worldwide and grows more popular every day. Hummus is made up of super healthy beans, usually garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas), but is sometimes made with other beans as well. Traditional hummus is made with lemon juice, olive oil, tahini, and salt but there are lots of other flavor additives that make this yummy snack extremely versatile. You can use all manner of dippable foods to eat hummus with, such as pita, crackers, pretzels, or fresh cut veggies.

To keep this savory snack super healthy, look for lower salt versions or make your own hummus. Simply drain and rinse a can of chickpeas and throw them in a food processor with a little bit of olive oil and lemon juice to taste. Add pine nuts, roasted red peppers, garlic, spinach, artichoke hearts or pesto to give your hummus delicious variety.

Popcorn

Air popped popcorn is delicious as well as pretty healthy. It has just 15 grams of carbohydrate per three cups, which means that you can eat a lot of it without doing too much damage. Popcorn is also super versatile, which means you can find lots of ways to spice up and flavor your popcorn without using too much salt or butter.

Of course, the popcorn that you get at the movie theater does not count a healthy salty snacks for gestational diabetes. That stuff is loaded with extra salt, butter, and oil. Instead, pop your own popcorn at home with an air popper, spray with a little olive oil, and shake just a little salt or other seasonings over the bowl. You will be surprised how much a little goes a long way when you make your snack like this.

These are just two snacks that will not only satisfy your savory and salty snack cravings, but are also versatile enough to use on a regular basis. These snacks can be changed up for everyday cravings, and are easy and portable for on the go snacks. There are a ton more snack ideas like this for gestational diabetes, so now you know that gestational diabetes does not require a bland and boring diet at all. For more snacks check out my blog.