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!
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.
My cookbook has 90 recipes, a 4-week-long meal plan and tons of helpful resources!
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.
Because some vitamins are fat soluble and others are water soluble, take your prenatal vitamin with a meal and glass of water. That way you get the best absorption.
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.
|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|
8 Desserts under 15 carbs and 5 ingredients