Gestational Diabetes Sample Menu

Preparation
Place chicken breast in shallow container; combine 1/2 pineapple juice, toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, cornstarch, and soy sauce in bowl; pour over chicken breast. Place half the rings from the pineapple over the chicken.
 
Refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
 
Remove chicken and pineapple from marinade and discard marinade; grill or broil chicken breast and pineapple until cooked through (turning as needed). Cook rice as indicated on package. Prepare green beans as indicated on package.
 
Serve with strawberries for dessert.
 
Fat: 16.2 g; calories: 523; protein: 23 g
Grams carbohydrate: 60 g
Exchanges: 2.4 lean meat; 2.8 fat; 1.8 vegetable; 1.8 fruit;1.1 bread
 

Gestational Diabetes Sample Menu: Daily Totals

Total fat: 71.3g; total calories: 2,100; total protein: 104.1g
Grams carbohydrate: 164 g
Exchanges: 10.1 fat, 4.2 milk, 4.7 fruit, 5.1 bread, 2.6 meat, 2.4 lean meat, 2.3 vegetable, 0.5 other carbohydrates
 

Gestational Diabetes Sample Menu: "Free" Food and Snack Options

"Free" foods are those that have fewer than 20 calories. You can often eat free foods without having to account for them in your meal plan. Water is considered a "free" food; you can drink as much water as you want. In fact, most healthcare providers recommend that you drink a lot of water when you are pregnant.
 
These "free" foods and drinks include certain:
 
  • Raw vegetables
  • Drinks
  • Condiments
  • Seasonings.
     
Raw Vegetables
You can have up to 2 cups of these "free" raw vegetables without having to count the calories or carbohydrates into your meal plan. These raw vegetables include:
 
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Endive
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Cabbage (all varieties)
  • Lettuces (all varieties).
     
Drinks
You can count 8 fluid ounces of these sugar-free or unsweetened drinks as one snack:
 
  • Club soda
  • Carbonated or mineral water
  • Broth, bouillon, or consommes (also the low-salt varieties).
     
You should also drink a lot of water while you are pregnant with gestational diabetes.
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