10 Savvy Snacks for the Gestational Diabetes Diet
If you've got gestational diabetes, you can still get the nutrients you and Baby need and keep your blood glucose levels under control. Enjoy these 10 healthy, diabetic-friendly snacks during pregnancy.
Cheese and Crackers
Perfect for a healthy, carb-controlled snack break at home or work—and easy enough to pack up for eating on the go—change up your choice of fruit and cheese to keep this snack classic fresh and exciting. These options are paired with a cup of low-fat milk for added calcium and just enough carbohydrates to reach 30 grams:
- 10 whole grain baked “thin snack crackers” (approx. 8 g of carbs); 1 ounce of cheddar cheese, sliced; 1/2 medium apple, sliced (10 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g)
- 4 pieces of whole grain melba toast (15 g of carbs); 1 tablespoon reduced-fat cream cheese (1 g); 1/4 cup sliced strawberries (3 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g)
- 5 round whole grain crackers (10 g of carbs); 1 ounce of Swiss cheese, sliced; 5 small pear slices (less than half a small pear: 8 g) and 1 cup of low-fat milk (12 g)
Eating carbohydrates in combination with protein and/or fat slows down the rate at which carbohydrates break down into glucose and enter the bloodstream. Fats and protein also leave you feeling full and satisfied.
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