Meal ideas for gestational or type 1 or 2 diabetes in pregnancy

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

Here are some suggested meal ideas that could help control your blood sugar (also known as blood glucose) levels if you have gestational diabetes.

These meal ideas below have helped other women but you might find they do not work for you. 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.

Remember to be careful with portion sizes as this has the biggest effect on blood sugar levels.


  1. If you are looking for a cereal-type breakfast pick a low/no sugar option with high fibre, such as shredded wheat or porridge, and have it with nuts and seeds.
  2. Grilled bacon with one large slice or two small slices of bread that contains seeds and wholegrains. Rye bread is a good option.
  3. A large slice or two small slices of toast made with bread that contains seeds with peanut butter that contains no sugar.
  4. Eggs are a good choice. Boiled, poached, scrambled, fried eggs or omelette with seeded or wholegrain bread.
  5. Plain yoghurt, Greek yoghurt or plain soya yoghurt with apples or pears and nuts or seeds. If you are choosing low-fat yoghurt, check the sugar content.
  6. A cooked breakfast; bacon, high meat content sausages or Quorn sausages, mushrooms, eggs, black pudding, whole tomato and a slice of toast made with seeded bread
  7. Fish - smoked mackerel, kippers or eggs or cream cheese and smoked salmon


  1. Scrambled eggs with a slice of seeded bread
  2. Greek salad with plenty of olives and feta cheese, with seeded bread or 2 wholegrain crackers or oatcakes.
  3. Tuna nicoise salad with plenty of tuna, an egg and olives and green salad
  4. Half a baked potato (try using a sweet potato) with tuna mayonnaise, cheese, coleslaw or salad.
  5. An open (one slice) sandwich using seeded bread. Meat, fish, egg, cheese and salad toppings are all good options.
  6. A ‘pizza’ made with a wholemeal soft tortilla wrap and toppings of your choice (such as mozzarella, tomatoes, onion, olives and tomato puree)
  7. A Spanish frittata, made with eggs and potato, with salad on the side.

Evening meal

  1. Pasta with a homemade vegetable or chicken sauce, using a small amount of wholemeal pasta. Add some lentils or beans. Avoid ready made sauce with high sugar content.
  2. Beef stew with sweet potato, lentils or beans.
  3. Chicken thighs, wrapped in bacon and roasted, served with a couple of new potatoes and green beans.
  4. Grilled fish fillets with butter beans or other pulses
  5. Creamy cauliflower cheese with plenty of green vegetables or a leafy green salad:
  6. Steak with sweet potato fries and salad
  7. Fajitas made with any meat, Quorn or tofu, sliced peppers, onions and spices served in a wrap with guacamole (or avocado), fresh diced tomato and sour cream.


  1. Granny smith apples (less sugar content than other apples) with sugar-free peanut butter or cheese
  2. Popcorn
  3. Hummus and carrot sticks or other crudités
  4. Full fat Greek, or soya yoghurt
  5. Oatcakes with sugar-free peanut butter, or cheese, meat, fish, eggs, avocado
  6. Olives
  7. Nuts and seeds
  8. Cooked meats, Quorn, high meat content sausages, seafood sticks
  9. Cheese

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 July 17th, 2018. Next review date July 17th, 2021.

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Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
  • By Tim (not verified) on 3 Jul 2019 - 10:57

    Hmmm. Last time I checked poached eggs weren’t a good idea for pregnant women due to listeria risks

  • By J (not verified) on 20 Jul 2019 - 21:17

    If the eggs have the red lion stamp on them you can have them with a soft yolk

  • 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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