Gestational Diabetes Diet

Milk and Yogurt Suggestions
Here are some healthy ways to eat or drink milk and yogurt:
 
  • Drink fat-free (skim or nonfat) or low-fat (1 percent) milk
  • Eat low-fat or fat-free fruit yogurt sweetened with a low-calorie sweetener
  • Use low-fat plain yogurt as a substitute for sour cream.
     

Meat and Meat Substitutes

The second-highest level of the Diabetes Food Pyramid includes meats and meat substitutes. The meat and meat substitutes group includes:
 
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Eggs
  • Cheese
  • Tofu.
     
Eat small amounts of some of these foods each day.
 
Meat and meat substitutes help your body build tissue and muscles. They also give your body energy and vitamins and minerals.
 
Examples of meat and meat substitutes include:
 
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Beef
  • Eggs
  • Peanut butter
  • Tofu
  • Cheese
  • Pork.
     
Meat and Meat Substitute Serving Sizes
*Two to three ounces of meat (after cooking) is a serving about the size of a deck of cards.
 
Suggestions for Meat and Meat Substitutes
Here are some healthy ways to eat meat or meat substitutes as part of your diet:
 
  • Buy cuts of beef, pork, ham, and lamb that have only a little fat on them. Trim off extra fat.
     
  • Eat chicken or turkey without the skin.
     
  • Cook meat or meat substitutes in low-fat ways such as:
     
    • Broiling
    • Grilling
    • Stir-frying
    • Roasting
    • Steaming
    • Stewing.
 
  • To add more flavor, use vinegars, lemon juice, soy or teriyaki sauce, salsa, ketchup, barbecue sauce, and herbs and spices.
     
  • Cook eggs with a small amount of fat or use cooking spray.
     
  • Limit the amounts of nuts, peanut butter, and fried chicken that you eat. They are high in fat.
     
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free cheese.
     
Healthy Eating for People With Diabetes

Diets for Diabetics

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