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.

Gestational Diabetes 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.

Every person is going to be a bit different depending on their metabolism and activity level.  Even day to day, the amount 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 planing what I am going to eat for the week, I use a really handy meal planning notepad that I got from World Market.

Breakfast Options:

Two Eggs, Bacon, and Toast

Cottage Cheese with Mandarin Oranges

Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich

Avocado Toast

Veggie Omelets with Cheese

Lunch Options:

Salad Topped With Chicken and Parmesan Cheese

Turkey Sandwich With Cheese, Tomato, and Pickle

Costco Chicken Salad, Triscuit Thins, and Grape Tomatoes

Pan Cooked Vegetables and Chicken

Tuna Salad Sandwich

Dinner 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 

Snack Options:

String Cheese and Beef Jerky

Fresh Mozzarella Balls and Grape Tomatoes

Baby Carrots and Hummus

Beverage Options:

San Pellegrino Sparkling Water (not the fruit juice ones)


Perrier Lime Sparkling Mineral Water 

La Croix Sparkling Water

Unsweetened Iced Green Tea

Caffeine Free Diet Coke 

Decaf Coffee

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 favorite place to look for new recipes is Pinterest. I already have hundreds of recipes to try. I do have to say that not all Pinterest recipes are created equal. I have found that I tend to find recipes from the same users.  I cook a lot so I am pretty good at adapting recipes and making them more diabetic friendly. My favorites are Pinch of Yum, Half Baked Harvest, Iowa Girl Eats, and A Spicy Perspective.

Check out my post on eating out with gestational diabetes