Late Night Snack Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

Late Night Snack Ideas for Gestational Diabetes

snack ideas for gestational diabetesWho doesn’t like a late night snack? If you’re pregnant, a late night snack is more than keeping hunger at bay. It can also serve to help you sleep through the night and wake up with less morning sickness. For gestational diabetes patients, a late night snack can help keep blood sugar levels stable through the night.

Late night snacking can be tricky, though. It is easy to succumb to sweet tooth cravings or other less than healthy options when you snack carelessly. Instead, you want to make sure that your snacks are just as well planned and balanced as your meals.

Here are some late night snack ideas for gestational diabetes:

 

Unsweetened Greek yogurt with berries and granola: The yogurt packs a protein punch while the berries add sweetness and the granola adds some complex carbohydrates to the mix.

One small apple with two tablespoons of natural peanut butter: The perfect mixture of healthy plant based carbohydrates with protein packed peanut butter.

One graham cracker with one tablespoon of natural peanut butter and a small, sliced banana on top: Perfect for a sweet tooth and adds a bit of crunch. If you can find low sugar graham crackers it is even better for you.

Fruit and nuts: One small peach, sliced. Toast some almonds or pecans and then heat the peaches. This is a delicious late night snack that looks and sounds fancy but is super easy. It makes a great comfort food. You can also use frozen peaches or canned, but avoid canned peaches in syrup and opt for juice packed instead.

Homemade hummus and veggies: Make homemade hummus using one can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained. Put them in a food processor with garlic, lemon juice, and salt to taste, using small amounts of water to reach your desired consistency. Dip baby carrots, celery, or slices of bell peppers in this protein packed deliciousness.

Cinnamon toasted almonds: Using a sauté pan over medium-high heat, toast some raw almonds and sprinkle them with cinnamon. Cinnamon has been shown to help with blood sugar levels, and the protein from the almonds will help keep your levels maintained through the night.

Berries and cream: Whip some cream or coconut cream with just a touch of agave nectar or stevia and serve chilled with berries. It’s practically a dessert, but with enough protein to help your blood sugar levels.

Cheese and crackers: especially when you are just too tired to put anything remotely complex together, eating some cheese and whole wheat crackers could not be easier.

Late night snacks for gestational diabetes are all about balance. You need to balance your carbohydrates with plenty of protein to get you through the night. Stick to complex carbohydrates to help keep your blood sugar levels stable for the next few hours while you are sleeping, and avoid “simple” carbohydrates like anything made with white flour.

Late night snacks are important when you are pregnant, especially if you have gestational diabetes. If you follow the advice of your nutritionist and doctors, and keep track of everything you are eating, you should have fewer problems maintaining a healthy gestational diabetes diet. These late night snack ideas should help you get off to the right start. For other snack ideas click here.