The Best Trader Joe’s Gestational Diabetes Fall Foods

Missing your pizza? Does even thin-crust pizza get your blood sugars high? Try Trader Joe’s Cauliflower pizza crust in the refrigerated sections for an amazing swap. It contains only 4g of carbs and a whopping 10g of protein per WHOLE CRUST! Yes, you heard me right you get to eat a whole pizza! Woot!

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite grocery stores for a few reasons, the price points are good, and a ton of healthier options that stay up with current food trends today we’re cruising through some of my favorite Trader Joe’s finds this fall

Egg Wraps

 These are a great alternative to flour wraps, crepes, or tortillas. They are low in carbs and contain 8g of protein per 2 wraps. Use them to make an avocado and cheese roll-up, bean and cheese burrito, or cheese quesadilla for a nice gestational diabetes diet snack.

Fresh Cauliflower Pizza crust (not frozen)

Missing your pizza? Does even thin-crust pizza get your blood sugars high? Try Trader Joe’s Cauliflower pizza crust in the refrigerated sections for an amazing swap. It contains only 4g of carbs and a whopping 10g of protein per WHOLE CRUST! Yes, you heard me right you get to eat a whole pizza! Woot!

Trader Joe’s Sprouted Wheat Sourdough Bread

This tasty slice of heaven has about 14g of carbs, 2 g of fiber, and a whopping 7 grams of protein for a great gestational diabetes bread option. Pair this with eggs, avocado, white tuna, cheese, or chicken salad for a nice sandwich within your meal carb goal of 30g of carb. 

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

Salad dressings are many times packed with sugar or heavy in unhealthy fats. Neither of these is great for prenatal nutrition or gestational diabetes. A big winner in my office has been the Green Goddess dressing. It’s made with avocado so packs in your much-needed healthy fats and has no sugar or unhealthy fats added. It makes the perfect dressing for your salads.

Pumpkin Alfredo Sauce

Feeling the pumpkin cravings this fall? Try the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Alfredo sauce is creamy, lower in carbs than other sauces, and has no sugar added. Enjoy is with Banza chickpea pasta, black bean pasta, or palm of hearts pasta and sausage.

Creamy Cauliflower Jalapeno Dip

Looking for a spread for your sandwich or dip for those veggies? Try the creamy cauliflower Jalapeno dip. It’s low in carb and adds a tasty addition to any sandwich. 

Plain Greek Yogurt

Need a protein boost at breakfast? Try plain Greek yogurt. If you’re not a fan of the taste you can add cinnamon or defrost berries and let the juice flavor the yogurt. Top it with grain-free granola or nuts for extra healthy fats. Trader Joe’s plain Greek yogurt has 15g of protein in each single-serve container. 

Organic Creamy Cashew Plain Yogurt

Lactose intolerance or dairy-free? Try the Organix Creamy Plain Cashew Yogurt it has 9 g of fat, 2 g of protein, and 11g of carb. Mix in Cinnamon, and vanilla, or defrost berries to help with the sour flavor and top with grain-free granola or nuts.

Egg Bites

Hello! Trader Joe’s has delivered on the egg bite craze! These egg bites provide moms with 12-16g of protein and are a perfect lower-carb breakfast. You can even add a slice of Trader Joe’s whole wheat sourdough and stay within your morning carb goal.

Egg Frittata

Looking for more breakfast ideas? The frozen Trader Joe’s Egg Frittatas have an incredible 25g of protein and 10g of carbs and are made in minutes for your quick breakfast.

 

Eggwich Breadless Breakfast Sandwich

Missing your breakfast sandwich? Trader Joe’s saves us with their Eggwich you can find in the frozen section. It’s lower in carbs and contains 12g of protein to help balance your morning blood sugars and keep you satisfied.

Turkey Burgers

Need a quick protein? Try the Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers. It cooks in minutes, giving you 22g of protein and 0g of carb per pattie. Slice it up and put it in a  salad or put it in a sandwich.

Heart of Palm Pasta

Family having spaghetti? Try swapping in Hearts of Palm Pasta instead or mix half and half to cut the carb and increase the fiber at the meal. Trader Joe’s Hearts of Palm Pasta contains 3g of carbs per serving while regular pasta has about 43g of carbs per 1 cup cooked. Do yourself a favor swap the spaghetti or do 50/50 to help your blood sugars.

Mixed Nut Butter

Want to get ALL of the nuts healthy in pregnancy in one scoop? Try Trader Joe’s Mixed Nut Butter contains almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pecans. These nuts provide essential nutrients you need to help keep hormones balanced and healthy fats needed to build every cell in the body. PLUS its lower carb makes it a great addition to balance any high-fiber carb you pair it with. Try a nut butter sandwich, fruit with Mixed Nut Butter, or to your oatmeal.

Oven-Baked Cheese Bites

Need something salty and crunchy? Try the Oven-Baked Cheese Bites. These goodies are packed with 13g of protein preserving and won’t spike your blood sugar like other salty crunchy snacks. Mix them in a bowl with popcorn for a balanced movie night snack.

Trader Joe’s Banana & Almond Butter Protein Smoothie

In search of a grab-and-go protein smoothie? Try Trader Joe’s Banana & Almond Butter Protein Smoothie. It packs 21g of healthy fats, 14g of protein, and 19g of carbs making it a decent snack and a good temporary meal holder. Pair it with more nuts for a meal replacement. 

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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.

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