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Gestational Diabetes Sample Menu: Lunch

Cheese, tomato, and black bean pita with milk:
  • 1 large whole-wheat pita
  • 1/2 cup cooked black beans
  • 1/2 cup fresh tomato (chopped)
  • 1 ounce low-fat sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 1 Tbsp. salsa
  • 2 tsp. olive oil 

Blend the last five ingrediants and place inside the pita. Serve with 8 fluid ounces nonfat skim milk.


Fat: 17.7 g; calories: 547; protein: 29.2 g
Grams carbohydrate: 71 g
Exchanges: 2.8 fat; 0.9 milk; 0.5 vegetable; 1.0 meat; 3.4 bread

Gestational Diabetes Sample Menu: Mid-Afternoon Snack

Apple and peanut butter:
  • 1 medium apple with peel, cored and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
  • 12 fluid ounces nonfat skim milk
Fat: 9.2 g; calories: 295; protein: 15.8 g
Grams carbohydrate: 41 g
Exchanges: 1.6 fat; 1.3 milk; 1.3 fruit; 0.4 meat

Gestational Diabetes Sample Menu: Dinner

Grilled chicken with pineapple, rice, and green beans:
  • 3-ounce chicken breast (boneless/skinless, raw)
  • 4 ounces pineapple rings, canned in juice
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil, dark
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce, low-sodium
  • 1/2 cup green beans, cooked
  • 1/4 cup instant rice, uncooked
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/4 pound fresh strawberries
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