Gestational diabetes party food

Soft succulent slow cooked ham, coated in a sweet sugar free glaze
Glazed Ham

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.

What we often see is that ladies try to make the best choices by eating a little bit of this and a little bit of that and leave hungry, upset with high blood sugar levels, which can ruin special occasions.

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, sliced and toasted wholemeal or BFree wraps (to make your own tortilla chips), or you could go for something totally different and use parmesan crisps or pork rinds (pork scratchings!)

gestational diabetes snacks
  • Houmous/Hummus
  • 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


Instead 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 dip

This 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 Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham

Glazed Ham

Soft succulent slow cooked ham, coated in a sweet sugar free glaze
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 45 minutes
Course: Main Meals
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: ham, slow cooked, slow cooker
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Nut Free
Free from: coconut, dairy, eggs, gluten, nuts
Calories: 2424kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • slow cooker


For slow cooking the ham

  • 1.5 kg unsmoked gammon joint
  • 2 large carrots scrubbed, topped & tailed
  • 1 large onion quartered (skin on)
  • 2 large celery sticks including the leaves (washed)
  • 2 whole dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 1 whole cinnamon stick
  • 1.25 litres Pepsi Max Cherry (or store brand equivalent)

For the glaze

  • 150 ml sugar free syrup
  • 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 whole clementime zest & juice

For garnish

  • 1 tbsp whole cloves (optional)


To slow cook the ham

  • Prep the vegetables: I only peel the carrots if they are old and really need peeling, otherwise I just scrub then top & tail them and chop them into large chunks (approx 3cm/1inch pieces) as this adds to the flavour and the nutrients. Wash the celery and chop into large pieces like the carrots and add in any celery leaves as this will add to the flavour of the stock. Cut a large onion into quarters, leaving the skin and root on
  • Place the *gammon joint into the slow cooker - leave any butchers twine/string/netting on the joint to help it hold together while cooking). Then add the chopped vegetables, bay leaves, cinnamon stick and peppercorns around the joint
    *If you are using a smoked gammon joint then you may want to soak the gammon in cold water for a few hours before using
  • Pour the Cherry Pepsi Max over the gammon so that it almost covers the joint, cover with the lid and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Alternatively you can cook this in a pressure cooker for 1 hour on high
  • Once cooked, remove the gammon from the slow cooker or pressure cooker.
    Remove the butchers twine/string/netting, then use a sharp knife to carefully remove the top layer of skin, leaving a layer of the softer fat. Score the fat diagonally one way, then repeat in the opposite direction to create diamond shapes
  • Preheat the oven to 200°c (fan)

For the glaze

  • Add the ingredients for the glaze into a jug and stir well
  • Stud the fat with whole cloves in-between each crisscross
  • Baste the fat of the ham with half of the glaze
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes then coat with more glaze and repeat in another 15 minutes. Keep repeating the process until all the glaze is used and the ham fat crisps up and goes sticky with the baked glaze (but be careful not to burn!)
  • Once cooked to your liking, remove from the oven and allow to rest before serving


Nutritional values are based on the whole ham joint


Calories: 2424kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 288g | Fat: 117g | of which saturates: 26g | Fibre: 12g | of which sugars: 14g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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Cooked Chicken drumsticks

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.

christmas cheese

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

Baked camembert

Baking a mold-ripened cheese like camembert, means that it can be safely be eaten by pregnant women. This means that a baked camembert can make for a great dip, side dish or starter which is suitable for a GD diet and perfect for party occasions!


baked camembert


Try baking a whole camembert for 15 minutes in a oven at around 180°c. You can score the rind and push garlic cloves, rosemary and other herbs into the cheese and lightly drizzle with olive oil if you wish too. Once baked, score the top to peel back the rind to expose the lovely runny centre and use low carb vegetables for dipping, such as celery and cucumber sticks.

Things on sticks!

Use olives, meats, fish, vegetables and cheese to create bite size canapes.

These beautiful multicoloured goats cheese aperitifs from Stef à table (Billes de chèvre multicolores) bring a spot of colour to the table!


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 food cheese

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???!) Avoid the pineapple and go for pickled onion, or olives 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)
  • Potato crisps (real potato crisps, avoiding flavours that are sweet such as honey BBQ etc. with dips for pairing)
  • Devilled eggs
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Celery with cream cheese in the middle
  • Stuffed mini peppers
  • Courgette pizza bites
  • Cauliflower breadsticks
  • Low carb homemade onion bhajis
  • Open sandwiches. Use GD friendly bread such as soya & linseed bread. 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 mushrooms

Creamy 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

Halloumi pigless pigs in blankets

Instead of the traditional pigs in blankets, why not try a vegetarian version using halloumi cheese cut into fingers, wrapped in aubergine:

Ingredients: 1 small aubergine, olive or coconut oil, for greasing, 1 pack full fat halloumi cheese, ½ lemon, zest and juice, handful basil leaves, shredded, pinch crushed chillies (optional: 1 tsp agave nectar)

Halloumi pigs

Recipe: Preheat the oven to 200°c. Remove and discard the top of the aubergine, then cut lengthways into 5mm slices, discarding the end pieces with skin all on one side. Brush the aubergine slices lightly with oil and place on a hot griddle pan for 1-2 mins on each side, until the slices are charred. Add the lemon zest, shredded basil leaves and crushed chillies into a bowl. Slice the halloumi into finger-sized sticks and add to the bowl. Toss gently to coat the halloumi sticks. Wrap each halloumi stick in a slice of aubergine and place on a lined tray, seam-side down. Brush with a little extra oil, season and drizzle over the agave nectar if using. Bake for 10 mins then squeeze over the lemon juice and scatter with a little extra basil.

Mini wholemeal cheese scones

Instead of making full sized scones, you could try making mini versions, cut open with sour cream and chives as canapés.

wholemeal cheese scones with butter on a plate

Cheese Scones

Really cheesy traditional scones with a crisp outside and soft light centre. Enjoy with a big knob of butter straight out of the oven!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Snacks
Cuisine: British
Diet: Diabetic, Vegetarian
Keyword: scones
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Nut Free
Free from: coconut, nuts
Servings: 12 scones
Calories: 146kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 200 grams wholemeal plain flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 50 grams unsalted butter room temperature
  • 150 ml milk
  • 150 grams grated cheddar plus extra for sprinkling on top


  • Preheat the oven to 200°c (this is based on a fan assisted oven)
  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and mustard powder into a large bowl and mix
  • Add the butter in chunks to the dry ingredients. Rub them in to create a mixture like breadcrumbs
  • Pour in the milk in small amounts, slowly bringing the dough to together (please note, the dough will be rather wet and sloppy when all the milk is added but this is fine - keep adding flour to your hands to handle the dough)
  • Add and combine 150g of grated cheddar to the dough mixture and form a dough ball (add additional flavours at this point if using ie. chives)
  • Rest the dough in the bowl for 15 minutes
  • Sprinkle plenty of wholemeal flour onto a board and turn out the dough, use plenty of wholemeal flour to roll out the dough to approx 2-3cm thick
  • Cut out the scones with a cutter or into triangles with a knife
  • Sprinkle some flour onto a baking tray and lay out the scones, leaving a space between each one Sprinkle some grated cheddar on top of each scone
  • Bake the scones for 12-15 mins or until golden
  • Remove the scones from the oven and place them on a cooling rack to cool (or you could eat one hot)


Enjoy the scones with lots of butter or a good dollop of soft cream cheese (pasteurised eg. Philadelphia or shops own brand version) or sour cream.
You can add whatever additional ingredients to these that you like at the point where the cheese is added... Try ham pieces, bacon bits, crumbled feta, chives, olives, chilli flakes etc.
You can change the flavours to suit, but try to keep the fundamental recipe the same for the desired outcome which is well paired with the amount of cheese and butter used.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 8g | of which saturates: 5g | Fibre: 2g | of which sugars: 1g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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Don’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

There are plenty of safer sweet treat alternatives you can have, enjoy and not cause high blood sugar spikes with. Once again, it’s all about planning and preparation!

GD UK Cheesecakes

My GD cheesecakes which are sugar free and low carb are a great success with all. Family and friends don’t even realise these cheesecakes are sugar free and they work great at meals and parties. You can make larger cheesecakes which can be sliced, individual ones, or even mini ones in shot glasses if you’re looking for party desserts to pass around!

I have FREE recipes for all of my no-bake cheesecakes (which can also be made gluten free):

I also have a baked cheesecake recipe and a vegan alternative which is a peanut butter tart which are part of my optional GD UK membership for Bronze and Silver members.

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 by increasing the fat content of the dessert. 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.

If you would like to create Angel Delight Trifles like the ones shown above, then follow my simple recipe. If you prefer a more traditional trifle made with real custard, then try out this recipe, or if chocolate is more your thing then why not try my Chocolate Trifle. For GD UK Bronze & Silver members there is also a new recipe for Lotus Biscof Trifles made with my sugar free caramel sauce! 

 Chocolate Truffles

My chocolate truffles are so quick and easy to make. Perfect for making with kids and everyone will enjoy them! 

chocolate truffles


Homemade rich chocolate truffles, perfect for a sweet treat!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
cooling time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Course: Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: French
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: chocolate, sweets, treats
Free or Membership Recipe: Free Recipe
Nut Free Recipe: Contains Nuts, Nut Free
Free from: coconut, eggs, gluten, nuts
Servings: 20 truffles
Calories: 100kcal
Author: Jo Paterson


  • 200 grams 70% dark chocolate finely chopped
  • 200 ml double cream (or tinned coconut milk)
  • 1 tbsp salted butter (or coconut oil & pinch salt)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • toppings of choice


  • Finely chop the dark chocolate into small pieces, place in a bowl and set aside
  • Add the cream & butter (or shaken tinned coconut milk, coconut oil & salt) to a saucepan and bring to a simmer to melt the butter/oil. Then pour over the chocolate pieces, cover with some clingfilm or parchment paper for a couple of minutes to help melt the chocolate and then stir with a spatula until smooth
  • Add the vanilla extract and any other flavourings such as orange zest & juice at this point, stir well and then refrigerate for 1-2 hours (or overnight) until set
  • Prepare your toppings by chopping nuts, toasting in the oven lightly if you wish, or grinding down things you would like powdered and place inside individual bowls
  • *Note: this part can get quite messy, so you may want to wear food-safe gloves at this point! Using a melon baller or teaspoon, take a scoop of the set chocolate ganache and roll between your hands to create a ball. Place the ball onto a plate/tray and repeat with the rest of the mixture
  • Place the plate/tray back into the fridge if you feel the truffles are too soft and melting too quickly and this will help to firm them up again. You can then re-roll them quickly once they come out of the fridge
  • Put each truffle into the toppings and roll them around to coat them. Once fully coated place back on a plate/tray and repeat with each one. Once they are all fully coated place the truffles into the fridge to firm up
  • The truffles will last approx. 3 days in the fridge


The nutritional info. below is based per truffle when using 70% dark chocolate, double cream and salted butter. It does not include any nutritional info. for the toppings the truffles are rolled in to finish.


Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | of which saturates: 5g | Fibre: 1g | of which sugars: 2g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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GD UK Cakes and Treats

I have TONS of recipes which are suitable for parties, buffets and nibbles. Take a look through the desserts on the recipe index for recipes that take your fancy! You can filter by ‘desserts’ and also by nut content, cuisine and free/membership recipes…



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, zero, or no added sugar drinks you can find in the shops. Remember, no added sugar does not mean the item is low in sugar, it just means that no additional sugar has been added and so drinks containing naturally occurring sugars, such as fruit juices may still be high in carbs!

Cranberry lime spritzer

Any mocktails or drinks that use fruit juices are going to be slightly more risky, so if you try this, try to use a no added sugar cranberry juice like Ocean Spray Cranberry Light which has only 1.5g total carbs per 100ml, or a shops own brand no added sugar cranberry juice.cranberry-lime-fizz

You can find the recipe at Sugar-Free Mom.

Strawberry Basil Italian Lemonade

Here’s another refreshing cold fizz to try that may brighten your party celebration! If you tolerate the odd strawberry fine, then try out this recipe. This would also look the part in a champagne glass, so you feel a like you’ve not missed out on a special drink.strawberry-basil-lemonade

Non alcoholic store bought drinks

One of the biggest problems with non alcoholic drinks is that they tend to be very high in carbs and drinking liquid sugar is going to cause many problems for anyone with any type of insulin resistance.

Watch out for non alcoholic wines, spritzers, beers, ciders, cocktails and fruit juices. Unfortunately, you will need to pay very close attention to labels when it comes to selecting your drinks. Ideally you want to select drinks which have zero carbs per 100ml.

Make your drink look the part!

Lots of ladies will enjoy sparkling flavoured waters and spritz in wine glasses/champagne flutes so that the drink still feels special and it doesn’t look so boring compared to others drinking bubbles around them. Marks & Spencer have a great range of sugar free flavoured non alcoholic drinks that are popular with many of our members.

Non alcoholic store bought drinks

If you would prefer an actual non alcoholic version of wine or beer than my advice would be to steer clear of non alcoholic wines as even sugar free ones are still packed with lots of natural sugars. The lowest non alcoholic beer I have found which is widely available is Becks Blue which has just under 9g of carbs per bottle. That’s just over 2 tsp of sugar per bottle to put it into perspective.

One of the biggest problems with non alcoholic drinks is that they tend to be very high in carbs and drinking liquid sugar is going to cause many problems for anyone with any type of insulin resistance.

Watch out for non alcoholic wines, spritzers, beers, ciders, cocktails and fruit juices. Unfortunately, you will need to pay very close attention to labels when it comes to selecting your drinks. Ideally you want to select drinks which have zero carbs per 100ml.

Seedlip spirits

Seedlip spirits are a range of non alcoholic spirits which are also sugar and sweetener free. This means that they are a range of drinks that are suitable for gestational diabetes!


There are 3 spirits currently available:

    1. GROVE 42 “A zesty & complex, citrus-forward blend of three types of orange & uplifting spice distillates. Simply serve with tonic & a twist of orange peel. Orange & Mandarin peel & pith top notes, with juicy Blood Orange undertones open up to a stalky, grassy character. Clean, fresh notes of Ginger & Lemongrass with a dry finish from a subtle Peppercorn prickle.”
    2. SPICE 94 “A complex blend of aromatic Jamaican Allspice berry & Cardamom distillates with two barks & a bright citrus finish. Simply serve with tonic & a red grapefruit peel garnish. Seedlip Spice 94 is aromatic with warm spiced notes, citrussy top notes from Lemon & Grapefruit peel and a long bitter finish from the highest quality barks (Oak & Cascarilla).”
    3. GARDEN 108 “A floral blend of hand-picked Peas & homegrown Hay from founder Ben Branson’s Farm, with traditional garden herb distillates in celebration of the English countryside. Simply serve with tonic & a sugar snap pea to garnish. The fresh & floral Seedlip Garden 108 captures the essence of the English countryside. Sophisticated top notes of hand-picked Peas & Hay and a complex herbal base character of Spearmint, Rosemary & Thyme.”