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:

Chicken Salad

  • One small baked chicken breast, cooled and shredded (works great for leftovers)
  • One tablespoon of low-fat mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds
  • Two tablespoons of toasted walnuts
  • About 5-8 grapes, cut in half

Mix all ingredients together and add salt and pepper to taste if needed. Serve with two slices of whole wheat toast or over a bed of salad greens.

Lettuce Wraps

This recipe works well with any leftover protein from the night before. You can warm it up or serve it cold, depending on your tastes.

  • One serving of cooked chicken breast, turkey breast, or tofu
  • Dash of cumin, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder
  • One serving of brown rice, cooked
  • Assorted diced or shredded veggies such as carrots, celery, tomatoes, and/or mushrooms
  • Four or five leaves of romaine lettuce, washed and drained
  • Two tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

Shred or dice up your chicken, turkey or tofu. Mix together spices and sprinkle on top. Using each lettuce leaf much like a taco, add a small amount of rice, meat, and then top with veggies. Roll up the lettuce and dip into soy sauce as needed to taste.

Chili Baked Potato

  •  One medium potato, bake
  • One can of chili beans, rinsed and drained
  • One tablespoon of chili powder or chili spices
  • One tablespoon of sour cream
  • Two tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese

In a small saucepan, heat beans and stir in chili spices. Top baked potato with bean mixture, cheese, and sour cream. Serve with a small salad.

Lunchtime can often be the most difficult meal of the day to keep healthy, but it can be one of the most important meals of the day since you still have the whole day ahead of you. When you have gestational diabetes, however, it is doubly important that you maintain healthy blood sugar levels and eat a healthy, balanced lunch.

As a general rule, you will always make the healthiest choices if you make your lunch at home and bring it with you, and you might have an easier time remembering to eat lunch if you know you have something exciting waiting for you. Otherwise, set a reminder or alarm so you don’t forget. A good lunch, after all, can perk you up and give you energy to face the rest of the day as well as keeping baby well nourished. For more lunch ideas for gestational diabetes, click here (or check out my meal plan).