Gestational Diabetes Snacks Great for Fall

4 pear slices with peanut butter on a dish shwing an example of a gestational diabetes snack

It’s that time of the year again that we start craving Pumpkin Spice Latte and crispy apples. Gestational diabetes does not have to stop your enjoyment of fall flavors. It’s easy to create in-season gestational diabetes snacks that are super flavorful and delicious and give you that fall flavor. As a gestational diabetes dietitian, I’m excited to share with you 10 nutritious and delicious gestational diabetes snacks that celebrate the flavors of fall.

Why Eating In Season Matters:

Choosing in-season fruits and vegetables for your gestational diabetes snacks has many advantages for both you and your baby:

  1. Better Flavor: In-season fruits and veggies are harvested at their peak, making them taste fresher and more flavorful.
  2. Nutrient Rich: Produce that’s in season is usually packed with more nutrients, as it has had the time to ripen fully.
  3. Cost-Effective: Seasonal foods often cost less because they are easy to find in stores, helping you save money.
  4. Supports Local Agriculture: Purchasing in-season foods helps local farmers and reduces the carbon footprint.

Gestational Diabetes Snacks for Fall

kale on parchmennt paper after being baked showing an example of a gestational diabetes snak
  1. Apple Slices with Almond Butter:
    • Thinly slice crisp, local apples.
    • Dip them into a portion-controlled serving of almond butter.
    • Benefit: A balanced snack providing fiber from apples and healthy fats and protein from almond butter.
  2. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds:
    • Save the seeds from carving your Halloween pumpkin.
    • Roast them with a touch of olive oil and your favorite spices.
    • Benefit: Pumpkin seeds contain protein, healthy fats, and magnesium. Plus, pumpkin seeds add a satisfying and crunchy treat.
  3. Sweet Potato Goat Cheese Fries:
    • Cut sweet potatoes into thin strips.
    • Toss them with olive oil and your favorite seasonings.
    • Bake until they’re crispy.
    • Top them with a sprinkle of pasteurized goat cheese
    • Benefit: Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants.
  4. Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Crackers:
    • Blend 2 tablespoons of natural peanut butter with ¼ teaspoon pumpkin spice. Spread pumpkin spice peanut butter on a high-fiber cracker.
    • Benefit: Peanut butter adds healthy fat and protein on top of the whole grain cracker, which boosts fiber.
  5. Cranberry-Almond Trail Mix:
    • Combine ½ Tabplesoon dried cranberries, ½ cup whole almonds, and a handful of high-fiber whole-grain cereal like Fiber One or Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal.
    • Benefit: A portable, balanced snack with cranberry antioxidants and healthy fats from almonds.
  6. Baked Pear with Cinnamon and Walnuts:
    • Slice a ripe pear and sprinkle it with cinnamon and ¼ cup walnuts.
    • Bake until it’s soft and slightly brown.
    • Benefit: Pears are a good source of dietary fiber, walnuts add healthy fats and proteins, and cinnamon adds a nice holiday flavor and natural sweetness.
  7. Kale Chips:
    • Toss kale leaves in olive oil and a pinch of sea salt.
    • Bake until crispy.
    • Benefit: A crunchy, low-calorie snack packed with vitamins and minerals.
  8. Pomegranate Yogurt Parfait:
    • Layer plain Greek yogurt with pomegranate seeds and a sprinkle of pumpkin seasoning.
    • Benefit: Greek yogurt provides protein, while pomegranate adds a burst of antioxidants, and the pumpkin seasoning boosts the fall flavor.
  9. Spiced Carrot Sticks with Hummus:
    • Slice carrots into sticks and season with your favorite spices.
    • Dip them in hummus or black bean dip.
    • Benefit: Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, and hummus adds protein and healthy fats.
  10. Fig, Pecan, and Goat Cheese Crostini:
    • Top whole-grain crackers with fresh figs and a dollop of goat cheese topped with two pecans.
    • Benefit: Figs are high in fiber and antioxidants, while goat cheese adds creaminess and protein. The pecans boost healthy fat, fiber, and protein.

Creating a Gestational Diabetes Snack

4 baked pears in a dish with walnuts. Showing an example of a gestational diabetes snack for fall

For a balanced gestational diabetes snack, combine protein and healthy fat with high-fiber carbohydrate foods such as fruit, starchy vegetables, and whole grains. These combinations help satisfy your taste buds and provide a steady release of energy that will help control your blood sugars.

Choosing in-season fruits and vegetables for your gestational diabetes snacks will not only help you indulge in fall flavors but also nourish your pregnancy with the freshest and healthiest nutrient-dense foods. So, head to your local farmer’s market or grocery store, embrace the season’s bounty, and enjoy these 10 great gestational diabetes snacks for fall that will keep your taste buds happy and your body healthy.

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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.