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.
Some of the links on this page are affiliate links of which I’ll earn a small commission should you choose to purchase, but at no additional cost to you. I appreciate your support!
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!From Meal Plan for Dinner – Week 1
Here’s dinner for the next 7 days, with an organized and downloadable 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.
If you’d rather have a book on hand, check out my book, The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook and Meal Plan.
It has 90 recipes and a 4-week-long meal plan laid out for you!
About this Plan
Some recipes lack nutrition facts but it’s okay because you can look at all of 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 and low skill, or not a lot of hands-on time.
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’s life and grandchild’s life, check out the audible resources on my Pregnancy Nutrition page and look for the podcast Yoga Birth Babies.
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. 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, no-hassle dinner in 20 minutes (the time it’d take you to 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.
|Recipe (click to view)||Prep||Total|
|Garlic Butter Shrimp with Asparagus (suggest adding cauliflower rice or broccoli)||20 mins|
|Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili||10 mins||7 hrs|
|Low Carb Chicken Pesto Lasagna with Zoodles||15 mins||1 hr|
|15 Minute Garlic Butter Chicken with Parmesan Cauliflower Rice||20 mins||40 mins|
|Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls||5 mins||30 mins|
|Orange Chili Salmon||5 mins||15 mins|
|Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes||10 mins||5 hrs|
- 16 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 2 Lemons
- 1½ Tbsp Lime Juice
- 1 Orange
- 2 cup Packaged Kale Coleslaw
- 1 Medium Bell Pepper, any color; diced
- 1 bunch Asparagus
- 1 Small Jalapeno
- 1 Bunch Cilantro
- 1 Bunch Parsley
- 1 Small cabbage, chopped
- 3 cups Riced Cauliflower (about 1 medium head)
- 2 Medium Zucchini
- 3 Medium White or Yellow Onions, diced
- 8 Small Sweet Potatoes
- 1½ lbs Medium Shrimp, raw & deveined
- 9 Chicken Breasts
- 2 Chicken Thighs
- 1½ – 2 lbs Ground Beef
- 2 Salmon Fillets
- 3½ c Stock/Broth
- 1 14-oz can Full Fat Coconut Milk
- 2 cans (14.5 oz each) Low Sodium Diced Tomatoes
- 1 can (8 oz) Tomato Sauce
- 1 can Garbanzo Beans
- 1¼ c Sriracha or any hot sauce
- 1 c Pesto
- Ranch Dressing (optional)
- 3 Tbsps Soy Sauce/Coconut Aminos
- 1½ Tbsps Brown Sugar
- Salt and Pepper
- 2 t Onion Powder
- 2½ t Ground Cumin
- 1 t Dried Oregano
- 2 t Chili Powder
- 1 t Garlic Powder
- 1 t Paprika
- 2 t Italian Seasoning
- ½ Tbsp Chili Powder
- 2½ t Garlic Powder
- ½ t Cayenne
- 12 Tbsps Unsalted Butter
- 4 Tbsps Oil
- 2 large eggs
- 30 oz ricotta cheese
- 1½ c Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- 1 c Shredded Parmesan Cheese