High Protein Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

High Protein Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

high protein snacks for gestational diabetesEating your fair share of snacks during pregnancy is expected and often necessary. First of all, you have to keep your body and unborn child nourished and your energy up. Secondly and probably most likely of all reasons for snacking is that you just find yourself being really hungry more often than usual.

Eating high protein snacks, especially if you have gestational diabetes, is an important part of keeping healthy during your pregnancy. Snacks can help you keep your energy up, blood sugar levels stable, and prevent you from overeating during meals. In many cases, snacking can help with nausea and getting lightheaded as well.

Of course, it all comes down to choosing the right snacks. You want snacks that are low in fat, low in carbohydrates, and also low in sugar. Although your cravings might tempt you to reach for less than healthy options like chips, fries, or sweets, it is important to both you and your baby that you closely monitor your snacking habits. The good news is that healthy, high protein snacks can help to keep you full and might therefore deter you from making poor food choices.

Here are some great high protein snack choices for mommies with gestational diabetes:

Cheese

Pairing some low fat cheese with other food items makes a great snack with lots of protein. Try apple or cucumber slices with some sliced cheese on top. These are great alternative to crackers when you have to watch your carbohydrates, and the flavors tend to meld really well.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter and other nut butters are excellent and very versatile high protein snack options. You can spread peanut butter on apples, celery sticks, whole grain toast, and pretty much anywhere that you could imagine. Make sure that you are choosing the natural versions and not the typical “popular” brands, as those are packed with sugar and other extra ingredients that you just don’t need.

Nuts

Nuts are packed with healthy fats, complex carbohydrates, and lots of protein. This makes them an excellent snack options, but make sure not to overdo it as nuts are pretty high calorie. Eating nuts in the shell can help you stretch out your snacking if you are worried about overeating.

Yogurt

Yogurt, especially low fat Greek yogurt, is an excellent high protein snack. What’s even better is that you can dress up yogurt in so many ways, depending on what you feel like that day. Try stirring in berries, crushed nuts, granola, and all sorts of other healthy options to change things up and make your snack time extra delicious.

Hummus

Hummus, especially when it is fresh or homemade, is a very healthy and delicious high protein snack. Just about every vegetable, from carrots, to slices of sweet, crisp bell peppers, taste delicious with hummus. Be careful of store bought brands that may include a lot of extra ingredients and sodium, as well as a potential for the bacteria listeria, which can be dangerous during pregnancy.

These are just some of the delicious high protein snack options available for women with gestational diabetes. Some of these can even be combined with each other to make some really excellent snacks. Always be careful to watch your carbohydrates and calorie intake, as moderation is important for everything. For more information on a gestational diabetes diet, click here.