Make the gestational diabetes diet easy with this 7-day dinner plan! The meals in this plan are chosen to ease your stress of “what to eat” as you transition into the diet.
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I am so excited to deliver this #GestEat dinner meal plan to you! When I had GD with my daughter, I was in my last semester of culinary school and all I did was go to school, do homework and sleep! I lived off of fast food. Now that I know the importance of complete nutrition during pregnancy, I want to inform and enable you to give your baby the best by eating real food!
So here’s dinner for the next 7 days, with an organized shopping list! Looking at the list you’ll think it’s too much, but there will be PLENTY of leftovers (unless you’re already feeding a village).
Even if you don’t follow the plan at least you get some menu ideas.
About this Plan
There’s no nutrition information for these recipes. Why? Because you can look at these recipes and know that they are high protein and high fat (both of which are blood sugar stabilizers) and low carb. They have freebie vegetables (carbs that won’t spike your sugar) so you can #GestEat without worrying about portions or spiking! What a relief, right!
These are all easy recipes with common ingredients that don’t require high skill or a lot of hands-on time. I know the ingredients seem like a lot (like 10 salmon fillets), but remember that you’ll get plenty of leftovers, or be able to feed the whole family.
This Plan’s Nutrition
Based on the mix of food here, you’re getting a good mix of macro and micro nutrients. If you want to be a superstar, add any dark green (preferably leafy) vegetable to any meal because they are FANTASTIC at covering your micro nutrients that so many lack!
Lastly, please DON’T skip the seafood! Seafood is a fabulous source for DHA, Viatmin D, iodine and many other micro nutrients as Lily Nichols mentions in her book Real Food for Pregnancy. She also states that studies show that children with the worst cognitive outcomes were from mothers who did NOT eat seafood. Here’s the direct link to the findings of that research.
If you want to learn more about why complete nutrition during YOUR pregnancy is vital to you, your child and grandchildren’s lives, check out the audible resources on my Pregnancy Nutrition page.
|Recipe (click to view)||Prep||Total|
|Garlic Butter Salmon w/Parmesan Cauliflower Rice||5 mins||20 mins|
|Cabbage Lasagna||25 mins||70 min|
|Keto Chicken Parmesan Casserole||15 mins||40 mins|
|Garlic Basil Chicken w/Tomato Butter Sauce||20 mins||30 mins|
|Pan Seared Salmon w/Lemon Garlic Cream Sauce||10 mins||30 mins|
|One Pan Healthy Chicken and Veggies||15 mins||35 mins|
|Sheet Pan Balsamic Basil Chicken Cauliflower Rice Bowl||10 mins||30 mins|
- 10 Salmon Fillets
- 17 Chicken Breasts
- 1 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
- 14 Large Cloves of Garlic minced
- 1 Lime
- 4 Lemons
- 1 Cabbage Head
- 5 cups Riced Cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
- 4 Broccoli Heads
- 1 medium Red Onion
- 1 small Sweet Potato
- 10 Miniature Bell Peppers
- 2 cups Green Beans
- 1 Cilantro bunch
- 5-6 Roma tomatoes, diced
- ¼ cup Fresh Parsley, chopped
- 2 white onions, chopped
- 4 bunches Fresh basil
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Vegetable Stock or Bone Broth
- Marinara Sauce
- Barilla Protein Plus Spaghetti
- 1 (28-oz.) can Crushed Tomatoes
- Bread Crumbs or Pork Rinds
- Balsamìc Vinegar
- Quinoa or Brown Rice
- 3 cups Ricotta
- Small Sour Cream
- 2 sticks Butter
- 2 Eggs, beaten
- 5 cups Shredded Mozzarella
- 1 small Mexican Blend Cheese pack
- 1 lg container Parmesan cheese, grated
- Small Half & Half
- Dried Dill
- Dried Thyme
- Dried Basil
- Italian Seasoning
- Red Chili Pepper Flakes
- Black Pepper
- Chili Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
Shopping and Cooking
If you are too tired or just don’t want to shop, try Walmart’s Free Grocery Pick-Up service or Amazon Fresh delivery or Prime Pantry (as seen below). I especially encourage these for postpartum because it just makes life easier. You won’t want to leave your baby, it’s one less task to do while you adjust to a new routine, and you really shouldn’t be doing too much until you’re healed.
And while I’m on the subject, a great investment is an Instapot; not because they’re the craze right now but because you can have a full dinner in 20 minutes (the time it’d take you to go grab fast food) when you forgot to cook because you’re so consumed with the baby and exhausted. I wouldn’t recommend it if I didn’t truly believe it.
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