Most likely, if you’re reading this, you were just diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. Or maybe you’re having a friend over and you’re not sure what to serve.
The ranges of diet restrictions within this diagnosis varies from person to person. Sometimes you can handle whole wheat bread sometimes you’re just barely keeping your numbers in check by cutting out carbs, sugars and starches.
This is my 3rd round of Gestational Diabetes so I thought I’d share some of my favorite snacks and meals to help you mix it up a bit.
Cheese, meat and eggs does get a little lame after a while.
Searching Pinterest for diabetic friendly foods will get you a lot of artificial sweeteners, which I personally try to avoid. They’re terrible for you and even if they weren’t they give me a headache.
I’ve found the best luck searching for Keto recipes, which basically means they have high fat, high protein, low carb and no sugar – exactly what you need when you’ve got gestational diabetes.
I’ve moved the majority of our family meals to things I can eat or I alter them a bit to fit my needs. If I’m going to be spending an hour making dinner every night, I might as well be able to eat most of it.
The majority of these are on my Keto Pinterest Board, but I’ll show you a few of our family’s favorites.
Most of these, I’ll probably keep making even after the baby comes and I don’t have to eat low carb.
Chicken Alfredo Spaghetti Squash
All three of my people have said this Chicken Alfredo is a make again dinner, my 5 year old went back for five more servings.
I doubled the recipe for the sauce and cooked two spaghetti squash to feed the four of us. To make it friendly for my daughter with a dairy intolerance, we just used lactose free cream cheese/milk.
Cheesy Taco Skillet
This Cheesy Taco Skillet is packed full of veggies and flavor my everyone loves it. I also add a bit of riced cauliflower to it while it’s cooking to make it a bit more filling.
I used regular diced tomatoes instead of the ones with green chili’s like it says, left out the chives and made my own taco seasoning (to avoid sugar).
Crockpot Low Carb Unstuffed Cabbage Roll Soup
This one is so, so good on a cold day. I swapped out the ground beef for a mild ground sausage and cut out the shallots. It’s nice and filling and the little bit of spice just warms you up from the inside out.
Healthy Tuscan Vegetable Soup
This Veggie Soup is another favorite of the family. It has a little bit too many carbs for me to eat without a protein, so I’ll make a Keto biscuit or bagel to go with it to help my body process the carbs.
We love dipping some buttered bread (or in my case something Keto friendly).
Paleo Pizza Crust
This almond flour pizza crust is super fast and easy. I usually either make or get a premade crust for the rest of the family and then make this recipe for myself.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
This cauliflower crust takes a tiny bit more work than the almond flour crust, but I personally prefer the flavor. I get a little sick of almond flower all the time and I feel like the cauliflower kind of takes on whatever flavor you add to it.
Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower
Cauliflower has become kind of a staple lately since its so versatile and low carb. My family LOVES this Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower and I just buy the riced cauliflower in bulk from Costco.
Low Carb Biscuits
I first made these biscuits for Thanksgiving and my kids are always asking me to make them again. They’re fairly easy and so good with a pot of soup or just as a snack.
These almond flour bagels are surprisingly easy and I serve them with soups and then eat leftovers for breakfast. The kids LOVE them and you can’t go wrong with some butter on top of one warmed up.
Low Carb Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole
I make this casserole for dinner all the time and then eat leftovers for breakfast. It goes together quickly and is packed full of protein.
Oh my goodness, these pancakes are so good. You can’t go wrong when a recipe calls for cream cheese, vanilla and cinnamon.
Since I cant’ do maple syrup, I just put a few frozen strawberries and a couple pats of butter in a pot and heat it up till they’re all melty to make a simple strawberry topping.
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I wish they had this last time I was pregnant because this is amazing. This chocolate is sweetened with stevia so it doesn’t effect your blood sugar a bit. My favorite is the creamy milk, but I’m not a big dark chocolate fan. I’ll grab some of the chocolate chips and mix in with some peanut butter for a quick snack too.
I keep a couple of these RxBars in my purse at all times for a quick snack on the run. It’s so hard to find a non perishable snack to keep with you when you can’t eat carbs or sugar so these are amazing.
My favorite flavors are the chocolate mint, the sea salt chocolate and the peanut butter chocolate.
I found several recipes that were so, so good. But for some reason Agave nectar makes me feel sick so I’ve had to stop making these sweet treats.
If you can handle Agave though, you can check out my Pinterest Board to see some of the things I made.
Do you have any favorite low carb or no sugar snacks or meals? I’m always on the lookout for ways to expand this limiting diet.