A sandwich can be a diabetic’s best meal choice and its no different in gestational diabetes. It combines many of the food groups in one easy to prepare the meal. Choosing whole wheat bread over white and including a protein increases the nutritious value of the sandwich. But you don’t have to be pinned down to eating a sandwich every day for lunch for months on end (unless of course, you want to).
Good sandwich choices for diabetics include tuna fish, egg salad, deli meat, and cheese. The addition of vegetables is a good idea and recommended. Be careful with the condiments you add to your sandwich though. Check the labels to get an idea of the sugar content as a guideline, mustard is better than mayonnaise and whenever possible go for a lighter or fat-free version of your favorite spreads.
If you are looking for ideas that go beyond the four corners of a sandwich try out one of
these lunch ideas:
* Instead of making a sandwich with bread try using a tortilla wrap or whole wheat pita pocket
* A variety of soups whether homemade or store bought can be hearty and filling. Eat with some cheese slices and crackers for a filling meal
* Pasta salad with chicken, ham, or cheese mixed in
* Chef’s salad with egg and a meat choice. Be aware of how much sugar is in a serving of your salad dressing. A vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar are better choices
* A small portion of what you had for dinner the night before
The eating habits you will develop and the food choices that you make when you have gestational diabetes are ones that you would be smart to continue with once the baby is born. Eating like a diabetic is very healthy if you follow the rules and the food guide for portion sizes.