Gestational Diabetes Sample Meal Plan

Living with gestational diabetes isn’t fun, but I have found ways to make it more manageable. In the past, if I didn’t have a plan in place I ended up making poor food choices. Poor choices lead to not feeling good. Yuck. Now I make sure to have a meal plan. Keep reading to find my gestational diabetes sample meal plan.

Every person that has gestational diabetes is supposed to meet with a dietitian to talk about how much protein, fats, and carbohydrates they should eat at each meal. My dietitian was useless, but hopefully, that isn’t the case for everybody.

Of course, every person is going to be a bit different depending on their metabolism and activity level.  Even day to day, the number of carbohydrates I can eat while keeping my blood sugar under control can vary. If I am sick or feeling particularly lazy, I have to reduce the carbs that I eat or my sugar will be high. Days that I am more active, I will need to eat more carbohydrates.

In addition to watching my blood sugar, I try to avoid artificial sweeteners and caffeine as much as possible. These are suggestions from my doctor, what your doctor says may be different.

When planning what I am going to eat for the week, I use a really handy meal planning notepad that I got from World Market.

Gestational Diabetes Sample Meal Plan Options

Breakfast Menu Options

Two Eggs, Bacon, and One Slice Toast

Cottage Cheese with Mandarin Oranges

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Avocado Toast

Veggie Omelets with Cheese

Lunch Menu Options

Salad Topped With Chicken and Parmesan Cheese

Turkey Sandwich With Cheese, Tomato, and Pickle (make sure to heat turkey first)

Chicken Salad, Triscuit Thins, and Grape Tomatoes

Pan Cooked Vegetables and Chicken

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Leftovers

Dinner Menu Options

Baked Chicken With Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus

Chicken In Mustard Sauce Served With Brussels Sprouts

Steak Served With Broccolini and Mushrooms

Salmon Topped With An Orange-Jicama Salad

Taco Salad

Super Porktastic Bacon Topped Spinach and Mushroom Meatloaf

Big O Bacon Burgers

Blackened Cajun Mahi Mahi

Gestational Diabetes Snack Options

String Cheese

Fresh Mozzarella Balls and Grape Tomatoes

Baby Carrots and Hummus

Diabetic Diet Beverage Options

San Pellegrino Sparkling Water

Lime Perrier

Waterloo Drinks

Spindrift (has some calories but not many)

LaCroix

Iced Tea (Tejava is my favorite)

Infused Water (cucumber, lemon, and mint is my favorite combo)

Regular Coffee (in moderation)

I try and find a new recipe to incorporate into my routine every week. I have a few places that I go to when trying to find new recipes to try. My favorites are Half Baked Harvest, Iowa Girl Eats, and A Spicy Perspective. I do have to admit that it can get pretty boring to eat the same things over and over again, which is what happens a lot for breakfast and lunch.

If you like this gestational diabetes sample meal plan, I’d love for you to share it. Also, feel free to check out my post on eating out with gestational diabetes.

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  • Experts tell you not to eat cold cuts and beef jerky during pregnancy because of the listeria risk. Are there lunch and snack options that don't require you to eat cold meats? (The ones I usually go for are avocado toast or cottage cheese — which are on your breakfast list.)

    • The amount of carbs you should eat will vary based on each person. However, I aimed at eating around 175 carbs a day. As for meals, you can usually get away with more carbs at the meal you are the most active after. For me, I had more carbs at lunch because I took an afternoon walk. Of course, this is just what worked for me. You will want to listen to whatever your doctor or dietician recommends.

  • my daughter was just diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, I need more sample meals please, that are easy enough to make