Lunches for Gestational Diabetes-Get It Right
For any pregnant woman, gestational diabetes can be a tough and scary experience to contend with.
Gestational diabetes is an abnormal condition in which females without previously diagnosed diabetes exhibit high and increase blood glucose levels/amounts during gestational pregnancy.
Women with uncontrolled gestational diabetes are at risk for a myriad of complications including preeclampsia, jaundice, low blood sugar, or giving birth to exceptionally large babies which can cause delivery complications. A controlled diet is often the first step to controlling gestational diabetes.
It is important for any pregnant women, especially those with gestational diabetes, to follow a healthy dietary plan that includes whole foods and vegetables from every category. It is recommended that you eat three moderately sized meals with snacks in between. It is very important that you do not skip meals or snacks, and that you keep your options healthy and balanced.
Try for whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. You will need to control your carbohydrate intake as they turn into glucose in your body. Carbohydrates are found in many kinds of foods including breads, fruits, cereals, pasta, potatoes, even milk and yogurt. Desserts and sweets, of course, are not only high in carbohydrates but also sugar so you will need to limit yourself.
Especially when you are out and about, finding suitable lunch options can be intimidating. Here are some ideas for healthy Lunches for Gestational Diabetes:
Grilled Chicken and Artichoke Salad
Toss together fresh romaine lettuce, carrots, beets, green peppers and cherry tomatoes. Add or replace any fresh raw vegetables of your choice. Top with one ounce of sliced grilled chicken and steamed artichoke hearts. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of low fat Italian dressing. A handful of grapes make a fresh and sweet side for this yummy salad.
Grilled Turkey and Provolone Sandwich with Broccoli Salad
Place one ounce of sliced turkey and a slice of provolone cheese between two slices of whole wheat bread. Use either a Foreman grill or a pan on medium heat to grill both sides of the sandwich. Serve with broccoli salad: raw broccoli or store bought “broccoli slaw” tossed with shredded carrot, chopped red onion, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries or raisins. Make dressing with lemon juice, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Toss together and enjoy.
Veggie Parmesan Pasta
Cook together one diced fresh tomato, chopped zucchini, sautéed mushrooms, and whatever other vegetables you prefer. Season to taste with pepper, oregano, and basil. Toss with one cup of cooked whole wheat pasta and sprinkle with parmasan cheese.
Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Grilled Chicken
Toss fresh chopped spinach with sliced strawberries, one tablespoon of crumbled turkey bacon, and almond slivers. Top with one ounce of sliced grilled chicken and drizzle with two tablespoons of balsamic vinaigrette dressing.
Fast food options:
• A slice or two of thin crust pizza with a salad on the side.
• Grilled chicken sandwich or (if you must) a cheeseburger, but remove the bun.
Most fast food restaurants offer healthier grilled options, including salads. Eating for two with gestational diabetes can be daunting, but there are a lot of choices out there. Just remember to focus on whole grains, lean protein, low sugar, and as many vegetables as you like and have great lunches for gestational diabetes.
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