Gestational diabetes Party food


Gestational diabetes party food can be hard to try to figure out and may seem daunting or depressing. Party food and buffets can be a carb heavy event which can make selecting food quite tricky with gestational diabetes.

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The key to selecting good gestational diabetes party food is planning ahead. If you are not making the food yourself, find out ahead of the event what will be available to eat and always pack a plan B, just in case the choices are limited.

Whether it's Christmas, New Year, a Birthday party or your baby shower here's some great ideas for gestational diabetes party food based on our 8 golden rules of eating, which means you can enjoy these things without causing spikes in your blood sugar levels!


Gestational diabetes party food ideas...


There are many dips which can be shop bought or home made which are very well suited to the GD diet. The key is to go full fat and be careful with what you choose to dip with! Chopped vegetable sticks are one of the best options but if you want a starchy carb to dip, then oatcakes or wholegrain crisp breads make a good choice or you could go for something totally different and use parmesan crisps or pork rinds (pork scratchings!)

  • Houmous/Hummusgestational diabetes party food
  • Tzatziki
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream and chive
  • Smoked Mackerel dip; blitz boneless smoked mackerel with full fat cream cheese, 1 tbsp crème fraîche, add lemon juice and cracked black pepper to taste (see the salmon pâté recipe below)


Mini Bacon Guacamole Cups

Mini-Bacon-Guacamole-CupsInstead of dipping, why not make your dip into a canapé and completely omit the starchy carb? These will actually work well as a tool for pairing other carbs on your plate, being packed with protein and good fats.

These mini bacon guacamole cups will make a fab gestational diabetes party food. Pop across to Everyday I dream about food for the recipe. (For those who are unsure, cilantro is coriander in the UK).


Bacon and Roasted Garlic Spinach Dip

bacon roasted garlic spinach dipThis dip can be served warm and makes for something completely different to the usual cold dips seen at most parties.

Take a look at to see the recipe and yes those are pork rinds being used for dipping!

Smoked salmon, dill & lemon pâté

This recipe makes for a great snack or starter. With smoked salmon and full fat cream cheese, it is perfect for pairing with starchy carbs such as oatcakes or wholegrain ryvita crispbreads...

  • 150g smoked salmon trimmings
  • 200g tub soft full fat cheese
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche
  • juice half a lemon
  • small bunch dill or chives, chopped
  • Scottish oatcakes to serve
  1. If you aren't using smoked salmon trimmings then chop the salmon into small pieces. Tip the soft cheese, crème fraîche and lemon juice into a food processor, season generously with black pepper and blitz to your liking. Add the smoked salmon and pulse a few times if you want the pâté chunky or blitz some more if you want the pâté smooth and pink.
  2. Stir the herbs into the pâté and spoon into a large or four smaller bowls and serve with oatcakes as a starter or as a dip. Recipe from


Meat and fish ideas...


Slow Cooked hamparty food gammon

How about a centre piece of a beautifully cooked and glazed ham?

This recipe posted by Chantele Cross-Jones on Hub Pages is Jamie Oliver's Ham Joint Gammon in Coke Slow Cooker Recipe.

To make it GD friendly we need to tweak the recipe by cooking the gammon joint in Diet Cola instead and substituting the honey for agave nectar.

Omit the sugar in the recipe as agave nectar is sweeter than honey and so the sweetness from the agave nectar should suffice. Lower the oven temp and keep an eye on the joint when browning the glaze as agave nectar browns more quickly than honey and we want to avoid any burning.

Another ham recipe which makes for great gestational diabetes party food is this recipe from I breathe I'm hungry, Rosemary & Mustard Crusted Baked Ham.


Cooked Chicken drumsticks

party food garlic lemon chicken

Watch out for sticky sweet sauces such as barbecue or glazed chicken. Try these alternatives instead:

Say Cheese!...

CHEESE! You can go wild with this, as long as they are pasteurised cheeses suitable to eat in pregnancy and if you're vegetarian you can adapt the ideas by selecting vegetarian cheeses.

You can be really creative such as this lovely Christmas snowman made of cheese from Crafts a la mode.

cheesey snowman recipe from Crafts a la mode
cheesey snowman recipe from Crafts a la mode

Or how about these beautiful multicoloured goats cheese aperitifs from Stef à table? (Billes de chèvre multicolores)

party food cheese

The recipe includes goats cheese and mascarpone rolled into balls, but you could use any full fat cream cheese and then finely chopped chives, pistachios, poppy and sesame seeds to coat.

Skewered on sticks with cooked cherry tomatoes, ham or smoked salmon.

All perfect choices for gestational diabetes party food!



From the beautiful goats cheese aperitifs to the party basic essential... The hedgehog!

How could we forget the humble party hedgehog?! This one makes me chuckle, but come on, we all love a party hedgehog (don't we???!)party food cheese and onion hedgehog

Avoid the pineapple and go for pickled onion and cheddar on cocktail sticks.

Simply wrap a potato in foil or use half a grapefruit and stick your cheese and onion sticks into it. You could even add some pieces of high meat content sausages too... nom nom nom!


Vegetarian ideas...

  • Nuts (avoid sweet coated/flavoured nuts and go easy with salted ones)party food tomato bites
  • Potato crisps (real potato crisps, avoiding flavours that are sweet such as honey BBQ etc.)
  • devilled eggs
  • hard boiled eggs
  • celery with cream cheese in the middle
  • Stuffed peppers
  • Tomato pizza bites
  • Cauliflower breadsticks
  • Low carb homemade onion bhajis
  • Open sandwiches. Use GD friendly bread such as soya & linseed bread or a Lidl high protein roll sliced into smaller pieces. Only use a piece of bread on the bottom and add the filling on top, leaving the sandwich 'open' to help create a gestational diabetes party food with less carbs.


party food spinach stuffed mushroomsCreamy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Take a look at  Slice of Kitchen Life for the recipe of these yummy looking stuffed mushrooms which will work great as another vegetarian gestational diabetes party food



Lorraine Pascale's mini wholemeal cheese scones

party food cheese sconesInstead of making full sized scones, you could try making mini versions, cut open with sour cream and chives as canapés. Here is Lorraine's recipe, but bearing in mind this recipe still contains white flour you may want to substitute the self raising flour with more wholemeal and baking powder instead to help achieve lower blood sugar levels.

Check out this video for extra tips, I know the link says filo mince pies, but she makes the mini scones on here too.


saladDon't forget the salad!

Salads can be as basic or as interesting as you want to make them. Green leafy salads with the addition of avocado and olives make great salads for anyone with gestational diabetes. Keep dressings on the side so that people can choose what they'd like to add, but include some mayonnaise as this will help with pairing foods to make them better tolerated.


Sweet treats

party food lemon browniesLemon Brownies with Coconut Lemon Glaze

These low carb lemon and coconut brownies could be a lovely sweet treat for anyone craving cake.

The honey in the recipe could be substituted for agave nectar if you wish and you could add a side of whipped double cream to help with food pairing and making them even more tolerable. Take a look at the recipe here



Homemade Sugar Free Peanut Butter Cups

peanutbuttercups2Sweets are very hard to tolerate with gestational diabetes and sugar free alternatives can cause digestive upset (see our information on diabetic foods) but chocolate is a better choice due to the fat content which slows down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream.

The peanut butter helps to pair the chocolate and makes these sweet treats even more tolerable. If you make these then you will have to be good and not eat the lot! Great for a sweet treat IF you can be good. If you cannot eat peanut butter then an alternative nut butter would work just as well.

Take a look at the recipe at Sugar Free Mom. Use a peanut butter which has less than 7g total carbohydrate per 100g or you could even make your own by blitzing peanuts!


No added sugar angel delight

No added sugar Angel Delight or shops own brand no added sugar 'Delight' is a sweet treat that is tolerated well by most ladies with gestational diabetes.

You can make this as directed on the pack, but use whole (full fat) milk as opposed to semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, as this makes the dessert more tolerable. You could also make this with Soya, coconut or almond milk. Some like to make the mixture with half milk and half cream and others like to top the delight with whipped cream once set.

Another option is to make this on top of sugar free or no added sugar jelly.


party food trufflesChocolate chestnut truffles

Another sweety alternative that as long as you don't eat the lot you should be able to enjoy a few as a nice treat.

Check out the recipe at Total Sweet.


Gestational Diabetes UK CakesGD brownies

Our low carb brownies are the best recipe we've found for a wonderful chocolate cake fix without raising blood sugar levels. Or we have a few different cupcake and cake recipes that work well for things like baby showers and Birthday parties!

Enjoy these on their own or with chopped nuts and cream.

To see the recipes and benefit from many more pages of ideas, hints and tips, shopping lists, recipes and a 7 day meal plan with our silver package, then check out our membership options here.




The best possible thing to drink is water as it helps to flush excess sugars from the bloodstream, but if you're having a party no doubt you'd like something a bit more exciting than just still water.

Try carbonated water with a slice of lemon or lime or look at what sugar free or no added sugar drinks you can find in the shops.

Non alcoholic drinks still contain a lot of carbs, but one of the lowest is Becks Blue at 9g carbs per bottle.

For more help selecting drinks then take a look at our drinks page here.lime water

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