Meal ideas for gestational diabetes

Here are some suggested low glycaemic meal ideas that could help control your blood sugar levels if you have gestational diabetes.

These foods below are generally recommended but you might find they do not not work for you and they increase your blood glucose levels. If so, try something else. There is more advice here on choosing low glycaemic index foods, as well as other top tips for eating with gestational diabetes.


1. Unsweetened porridge (large, or ‘jumbo’ oats are best) or muesli with no added sugar. Avoid sweetened breakfast cereals

2. Grilled lean bacon with one slice of wholegrain, multigrain or granary toast

3. One crumpet with peanut butter

4. Boiled eggs and wholegrain, multigrain or granary toast

5. Plain yoghurt and fruit (berries are lower in natural sugar)


1. Beans on toast (try wholegrain, granary or rye)

2. Three bean salad

3. Lentil and bacon soup

4. Baked potato (try using a sweet potato) and baked beans

5. Tuna nicoise salad

6. Grainy bread, such as granary or rye

Evening meal

1. Wholemeal pasta with a vegetable or chicken sauce

2. Beef stew with sweet potato

3. Poached chicken with brown or basmati rice

4. Grilled fish with butter beans or other pulses


1. Fruit such as apples, oranges, pears, peaches, bananas

2. Popcorn (plain)

3. Hummus and carrot sticks or other crudités

4. Diet, light or healthy eating yoghurt

5. Oatcakes with unsweetened peanut butter

Read more about your diet with gestational diabetes

Read more about monitoring your blood glucose levels

Read more about diet and exercise with gestational diabetes

Read more about treatment for gestational diabetes

Last reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.

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  • By [email protected]'s on 16 Jun 2016 - 13:21

    Thanks for your feedback. We've reviewed this and agreed that it is an inappropriate suggestion given that we recommend avoiding unsweetened breakfast cereals on number 1.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Jun 2016 - 19:38

    Really? Have you seen how much sugar is in bran Flakes?

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