Pregnant women need a healthy diet. This is even more important for women with Gestational Diabetes.  A proper Gestational Diabetes Menu needs to nourish the mother properly so she can get enough calories without compromising the amount of sugar in her blood.

When a woman is pregnant she needs to eat on average, about 300 additional calories per day during the last 2 trimesters of her pregnancy. This applies if the woman is at a healthy weight to begin with. If she is over or under her ideal weight, she should ask her doctor for the best plan. This additional 300 calories built into a Gestational Diabetes Menu will allow the baby to thrive and the mother to gain the necessary weight. She should focus on foods packed with nutrients – the essential vitamins and minerals must be consumed every day. She needs to increase her protein intake by 10 grams per day as well.

The best Gestational Diabetes Menu will spread out meals into 5-6 small meals each day. This will keep the blood sugar at a stable level. Eating a lot in one sitting will throw off the blood sugar. Carbohydrates should never be eaten alone, as these will cause a spike in blood sugar. Avoid processed and refined sugars at all costs.

Day 1 Gestational Diabetes Menu:

Breakfast

–2 pieces of whole grain toast

–2 tablespoons all-natural peanut butter

–3/4 cup of grapes

Morning Snack

–1 fruit (example: apple, nectarine)

–1 cup Greek yogurt

Lunch

–1 cup vegetarian chili

–1 small whole grain pita

–1-2 ounces grated cheese (for the chili)

–1 cup vegetables (example: celery, cucumber, baby carrots)

Afternoon Snack

–1/4 cup nuts of choice (almonds, peanuts, cashews)

–1 medium orange

Dinner

–4-6 ounces grilled lean chicken breast

–1 cup steamed cauliflower (or other favorite vegetable)

–1 cup whole grain couscous (or: bulgar, quinoa, brown rice, wild rice, brown basmati rice)

–1-2 ounces parmesan for topping the veggies, couscous, and chicken

Night snack/dessert

–healthy smoothie of 1 banana, 1/2 cup orange juice, and as much ice as you want


Day 2 Gestational Diabetes Menu:

Breakfast

–omelette: 2 egg whites + 1 whole egg, 2 tablespoons cheese of choice, 1/2 cup leftover veggies (from dinner last night)

–1/2 cup grapes

Morning Snack

–1 cup chopped melon or pineapple

–1/2 cup cottage cheese

Lunch

–2 pieces whole grain bread

–3 pieces turkey bacon

–lettuce and tomato slices (this is a BLT!)

–mustard (unlimited) and/or mayo (2 teaspoons maximum)

–1 fruit (apple, nectarine)

–1 cup kefir

Afternoon Snack

–5 cups of popcorn (no butter/oil)

Dinner

–4-6 ounces fish of your choice

–1 cup steamed veggies (pick your favorite)

–1/2 baked acorn or butternut squash (or sweet potato)

–2-3 tablespoons Greek yogurt (for the squash/potato) – this is just like sour cream, but healthier!

Night snack/dessert

–1 apple

–1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter


This Gestational Diabetes Menu should be complemented with a lot of water. Juices and milks are not the best way to hydrate. The mother should get 8-10 glasses of water a day (at least). If she exercises, she should drink more. Exercise is also a key component of a healthy pregnancy, but women should ask their physician first before starting any new routine.




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