What Can I Eat With Gestational Diabetes?

What Can I Eat With Gestational Diabetes?

what can i eat with gestational diabetesHave you ever wondered “What Can I Eat With Gestational Diabetes”? The short answer to this very common question is “a lot”. While a gestational diabetes diet may seem restrictive at first, you may actually find that there a lot more foods that can be eaten than you may think. It simply takes some understanding of the basics of gestational diabetes and what makes different foods good or bad for you.

So often, doctors and patients focus solely on what you “cannot” or “should not” eat. This is important, of course, because avoiding foods that could potentially raise your blood glucose to dangerous levels is absolutely key. You should also learn about all of the foods you can still enjoy, however. This will not only help you be able to enjoy your pregnancy a little more, but it will help you to stress less and stay healthy. After all, what you eat is no longer only affecting you. [Read more…]

Planning Foods For Your Baby Shower With Gestational Diabetes

Planning Foods For Your Baby Shower With Gestational Diabetes

baby shower with gestational diabetesBaby showers are a time for celebrating your impending arrival with your friends and family. No one wants to have to worry about what to eat and what not to eat. For soon to be mothers with gestational diabetes, this is a constant worry.

With gestational diabetes, what you eat can affect your blood sugar levels. This can be uncomfortable for you as well as potentially dangerous for both you and baby. So keeping track of your diet is of the utmost importance.

There are plenty of foods that you can eat without worrying so much, however, and these options make perfect foods for your special celebration.

 

Here are some guidelines for choosing foods for your baby shower:

Low Carbohydrate OptionsCarbohydrates are really just as important as your sugar intake, because they turn into sugar in your body. Choose low or no carbohydrate options wherever you can. When you do use carbohydrates, for example crackers, choose the whole wheat options.

No Sugar Added— When it comes to any sweet offerings for your party, choose naturally sweet and no sugar added options. Avoid anything with artificial sweeteners.

Keep It Fresh— Lots of fresh fruits and veggies are not only delicious, but they make a beautiful and impressive display for any get-together.

Gestational Diabetes Friendly Food Ideas For Your Baby Shower

Vegetable Platter— A big and delicious display of fresh vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and cherry tomatoes is an impressive and colorful addition to any party buffet. Offer some healthy and yummy dipping options such as hummus and fat free ranch dressing.

Fruit Basket— Alongside your impressive fresh veggie display, fix your sweet tooth with some snack-able fresh fruit. Make or buy a fruit platter, or check out Pinterest for some truly impressive fruit display options. You can even make a sweet baby carriage out of fruit for the perfect decorative touch.

Cucumber Bites— Use peeled and sliced cucumbers as a base for specialty salads for a refreshing finger food option. Simply scoop out a tiny bit off the middle of the cucumber slice and top with a scoop of chicken or tuna salad. Garnish with a tiny piece of parsley or green olive slice for decoration.

Mini Pizzas— Make tiny versions of pizzas by using whole wheat pita or English muffins as a base and adding sauce, cheese, and toppings.

Parfaits— Use small plastic or glass glasses to make fancy looking parfaits to serve to your guests. They couldn’t be easier to make for how fancy they look. Simply layer plain Greek yogurt, fruit, granola, and honey in the glasses. They are super simple to make, delicious, and healthy, and they also make an impressive display to your guests.

These options will all fill up an impressive looking buffet table as well as fill up your guests with delicious foods that will please anyone. Healthy can be fun and delicious too, and your baby shower is the perfect place to show it. With a little planning and creativity, your baby shower will be no problem at all, even with gestational diabetes.

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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. [Read more…]