If you’ve been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, you know that there a whole lot of things to take note of from there on. Gestational diabetes, if unmanaged more so undiagnosed, can cause unwanted and sever complications during childbirth. Hence, doctors would prescribe you to watch your diet as you need to keep track of your blood sugar level. But this is not to say that you can’t eat delicious foods. Below are some healthy and diabetic-friendly snacks for pregnant women.
NachosIf you’re a fan of Mexican cuisine and even if you aren’t, you’ll be happy to note that nachos can offer a tasty and healthy snack for you. A serving contains around 29 grams of carbohydrates and its mix of cheese and vegetables provide you with much needed calcium and nutrients. To do this, place 10 tortilla chips on a baking sheet and top it off with grated cheese, green pepper, tomatoes and your preferred spices. Bake it for 10 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted. You should remember that flavoured tortilla chips despite being tasty are not really good for pregnant women. They contain huge amounts of sodium and sugar which are things that gestational diabetes patients should stay away from. Stick with plain tortilla chips and just add more vegetables to make the dish more flavorful.
Almond Butter Toast
Never think a 30 gram carb snack can be delicious? Consider having an almond butter toast. To create this, you’ll need a whole grain toast (15 grams of carbs), creamy almond butter spread (4 grams of carbs), and you can even add a glass of milk (12 grams of carbs). If you want, you can also use peanut butter spread for only a small increase in carbohydrates but the almond butter spread contains nutrients that are highly recommended for pregnant women. Of course, it will be difficult to limit yourself on just one piece of toast so feel free to make two to three sets of toasts.
Craving for something cold and refreshing? Stay away from sodas and instead, create your own fruit smoothie. On a blender, put in 1 cup of yogurt, 1 cup of strawberry or any fruit of your choice, 1 teaspoon of honey and ½ cup of crushed ice. Blend it according to your preferred consistency and enjoy. The honey is a healthier alternative than sugar and it does the job of enhancing the natural sweetness of fruits. However, be warned that insulin production during early morning can be lacking so even a small amount of honey can do more harm than good. It’s best to create and drink your own smoothie during afternoons where the body is more stabilized.
Surprised to see pizza on the list? Well there is a way to manage eating pizzas without having to consume huge amounts of carbs and calories. That is to create your own. Grab an English muffin and cut it into half. Next, spread one teaspoon of pizza sauce on the each of the two halved muffins and add grated cheese and green pepper. Bake it for 10 minutes or until the cheese has completely melted.
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