The 30 Best Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

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Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

Nutritious snacks for gestational diabetes can be a game changer in how your blood sugars look and how you feel during pregnancy.

Gestational Diabetes snacks can be a powerful tool to promote a nutrient-dense prenatal diet, balance blood sugars,  and reduce stomach upset from the notorious pregnancy acid reflux. 

The best snacks for gestational diabetes are balancing 15g of high-fiber carbohydrates with enough healthy fat and protein to keep blood sugars within goal. 

Today, I’ll dive into the benefits of snacking during pregnancy and share a list of 30 gestational diabetes snacks that are easy to add to even the busiest schedules.

 Benefits of Snacking During Pregnancy

  1. Stabilizes Blood Sugar: Regular, balanced snacks can help stabilize your blood sugar levels. This is particularly important if you have gestational diabetes, as it can prevent spikes and crashes.
  2. Boosts Energy: Pregnancy can leave you feeling tired, and snacking can provide that quick energy boost you need to stay active and alert throughout the day.
  3. Nutrient Delivery: Snacks are an opportunity to sneak in extra nutrients, which are important for your growing baby’s development.
  4. Controls Nausea: Snacking can help reduce morning sickness or nausea throughout the day for many moms-to-be.
  5. Reduces Overeating: Eating smaller, more frequent meals can help prevent overeating during regular meals, which is common during pregnancy.
  6. Balances Hormones: Certain snacks can help regulate hormones like insulin, which is crucial during pregnancy, especially if you have gestational diabetes.
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Benefits of Snacking When You Have Gestational Diabetes

  1. Blood Sugar Control: Regular, balanced snacks can prevent blood sugar spikes and dips, making it easier to manage your condition.
  2. Less Hunger: Snacking can help control hunger, leading to better mealtime choices and improved blood sugar management.
  3. Healthy Weight Gain: By avoiding excessive hunger, you can better control your weight gain during pregnancy, which is essential for gestational diabetes management.

If you’re managing gestational diabetes, balanced snacks become even more important. It can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and help you feel more satisfied with your meals. (1)(2) Listed below are 30 snacks for gestational diabetes to keep your blood sugar satisfied and meet your nutrition needs.

Snacks for Gestational Diabetes

  1. Avocado Toast: Mash ripe avocado on whole-grain toast and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Guacamole with Veggie Sticks: Enjoy guacamole with carrots, celery, or cucumber sticks.
  3. Mixed Nuts: A handful of unsalted mixed nuts, including almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, and walnuts.
  4. Nut Butter: Spread almond, peanut, or cashew butter on apple slices or whole-grain crackers.
  5. Chia Seed Pudding: Mix chia seeds with almond milk, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and your favorite berries.
  6. Trail Mix: Make your own trail mix with nuts, seeds, and a touch of dried fruits.
  7. Greek Yogurt with Nuts: Top plain Greek or Skyr yogurt with chopped nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  8. Olives: Snack on a small bowl of olives high in monounsaturated fats.
  9. Dark Chocolate: A small piece of dark chocolate (80% cocoa or higher) can satisfy your sweet tooth while balancing carbs and snacks.
  10. Turkey roll-up: Enjoy turkey rolled up with cream cheese. To prevent food-borne illness, heat turkey slices in the microwave until steaming, then cool them down in the refrigerator before rolling them up. 
  11. Hummus with Olive Oil: Dip whole-grain pita or veggie sticks into hummus, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil.
  12. Coconut Chips: Roasted coconut chips make for a tasty and crunchy snack.
  13. Hard-Boiled Eggs: A hard-boiled egg sprinkled with a pinch of salt and pepper or with Everything But The Bagel seasoning
  14. Cheese Platter: Create an adult Lunchable with pasteurized cheeses, 10 grapes, and high-fiber whole-grain crackers.
  15. Sardines on Whole Grain Crackers: Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and pair perfectly with a crunchy, high-fiber cracker.
  16. Nut and Seed Bars: Look for bars that contain nuts, seeds, and minimal added sugars. KIND Low Sugar Bar is a popular bar. 
  17. Tuna Salad: Mix tuna with olive oil, lemon juice, and your choice of veggies.
  18. Cottage Cheese with Blueberries: Top cottage cheese with blueberries
  19. Pumpkin Seeds (Pepitas): Pumpkin seeds are a great source of healthy fats and can be eaten on their own or added to salads and yogurt.
  20. Smoothies with Avocado: Blend avocado into your smoothies for a creamy texture and healthy fats. Try my protein smoothies and drink ideas listed here. 
  21. Edamame: Steamed edamame pods are a tasty and protein-rich option. You can also find them roasted in the store for a more shelf-stable snack.
  22. Beef Jerky: Beef jerky is a portable and protein-packed snack.
  23. Chickpeas (Roasted): Roasted chickpeas are crunchy and high in protein.
  24. String Cheese: String cheese is a convenient, protein-rich snack.
  25. Cottage Cheese and Pineapple: Mix cottage cheese with pineapple chunks for a sweet and savory snack.
  26. Black Bean Dip: Mash black beans with salsa and enjoy it as a dip with whole-grain chips or veggie sticks.
  27. Cottage Cheese on Rice Cake with Tomatoes: Get your salty, crunchy, and fatty cravings met by putting 2% cottage cheese on top of thin brown rice cakes.
  28. Eggwrap with Avocado and Provolone: Add an egg tortilla wrap like Egglife’s, add sliced avocado and cheese, then roll it into a tasty snack.
  29. Protein drink: Popular drinks include OWYN (plant-based), Premier Protein, and Orgain.
  30. Baked Apple: For an incredible treat, microwave or bake half an apple topped with cinnamon and walnuts.

Snacks for gestational diabetes do not need to be complicated. You can still have many of your favorite snacks if they are paired with protein or healthy fats.

Get over 50 of my gestational diabetes meal and snack ideas in the FOOD GUIDE or the Mastering Gestational Diabetes Course, including a food guide, 15 on-demand videos, 40 weekly food diaries, meal plans, exercise routines, meditations, and so much more! This course gives you all the tools you need to control your blood sugar through lifestyle.

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Ginger Cochran is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, functional medicine practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator & Care Specialist, Certified Wellness Coach, Certified Exercise Physiologist, and owner of Nutritious Ginger, an integrative and functional nutrition practice focusing on full body self-care and nourishment. Ginger’s primary specialty is women’s health, with a special emphasis on gestational diabetes, weight management, infertility, digestive wellness, and overall health + happiness.
Ginger serves on the board of director for the Nutrition Care Manual by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.