Quick and Easy Microwave Meals for Gestational Diabetes

easy microwave mealsYour life is busy. You don’t always have time to cook and sit down to eat a five course meal, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t find healthy things to eat. Especially for a woman with gestational diabetes, you have guidelines to follow. You are eating for two, after all, and need to do so as healthily as possible.

To fit a healthy diet into your busy life, there are some things you can do to make things a little easier on yourself. You can have some quick and easy microwave meals on hand that fit into your busy life, but also fit into your gestational diabetes diet plan.

Frozen Options

There are a few options that might work for you in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Recently, the popularity of healthier meals has hit the freezer section. There are plenty of low carbohydrate options available from brands such as Lean Cuisine, Smart Ones, and Healthy Choice.

These options might work on occasion when you are in a pinch and need something somewhat healthy to eat, but this is not a recommended daily option. No matter how much these frozen options advertise that they are “low carbohydrate” or “diabetic friendly”, there are still a lot preservatives, such a sodium, that aren’t all that healthy.

Easy Go-To Options

If you keep the right foods around, there are a lot of healthy “go-to” options that would work wonderfully for a gestational diabetes diet. These options take very little prep or cook time, so they can be eaten on the fly, and are also healthy enough to keep your blood sugar levels in check.

It is a good idea to keep some basic sandwich ingredients around for a hot or cold sandwich (most doctors recommend that the meat be cooked while you are pregnant). For example: some nutty whole wheat bread, sliced turkey, cheese, and some leafy greens. Instead of just plain lettuce, consider using a dark and leafy “superfood” option like kale or spinach for added vitamins and minerals that are great for you and baby. Keep some sliced fresh veggies handy, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, mushrooms, avocado, and bell peppers to put on your sandwich or have on the side.

For a hot sandwich option, put the meat and cheese on your bread and pop it in the microwave until the cheese is melted before adding your veggies. If you need it, spread a tablespoon of mustard, mayonnaise, or even hummus for extra flavor.

Make Ahead Options

Especially for busy lifestyles, it is a great idea to spend a day putting together some great “make ahead” meals that you can freeze and eat later. Cooking “make ahead” meals not only helps you in a time crunch, but ensures that you are making healthy choices even when you’re too tired or busy to cook.

For quick and easy microwave meals that you can make in a pinch, spend a day making meals like casseroles and soups. Then divide them into single serving dishes that can be frozen until you need them. This ensures that you have plenty of gestational diabetes friendly microwave meals available whenever you need them.

Eating for two, especially with gestational diabetes, sometimes just requires a little extra planning. With the right amount of forethought, you can have quick and easy microwave meals to eat on those days that you are just too busy or tired to cook.

What do you think about these easy microwave meals? Do you have any questions or suggestions?  Leave me a comment; I would love to hear from you!!!