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 are 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 that can be shop bought or homemade 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 crispbreads 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!)
- 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 smoked salmon pâté dip recipe below and swap the salmon for mackerel)
Smoked Salmon Pâté Dip
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…
Meat and fish ideas…
- cooked meat slices platter
- smoked salmon slices platter
- salmon terrine
- high meat content (over 90% meat) cocktail sausages
- Pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon)
- Halloumi pigs in blankets
- Prawns with a Marie rose sauce dip or lemon mayonnaise
- cream cheese wrapped in smoked salmon
- prosciutto wrapped asparagus
- smoked salmon cucumber rolls
- spicy bacon wrapped chicken bites
- Mini Mexican chilli bites
- Homemade low carb Scotch eggs
- Homemade low carb Chicken pakora
- Pizza stuffed mushrooms
- Jalapeño popper stuffed mushrooms
- Bacon spinach feta stuffed mushrooms
- Whole baked salmon with green herb mayonnaise
- Crustless quiches
- Chargrilled chicken kebabs
- Chicken satay (substitute the honey with agave nectar)
Slow-Cooked Glazed Ham
Cooked Chicken drumsticks
Watch out for sticky sweet sauces such as barbecue or glazed chicken.
- Plain roasted chicken
- Garlic parmesan chicken
- Jalapeño lime chicken
- Lemon pepper chicken
- Chilli lime baked chicken
- Salt and vinegar chicken
- Spicy hot chicken
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.
- Cheeseboard with hard and pasteurised cheeses
- Full fat cream cheese on oatcakes – top with chives, salmon, ham, bacon etc.
- Baked camembert with garlic and rosemary
- Fried mozzarella sticks
- Boursin aperitifs
- Parmesan Garlic and basil crisps
- Parmesan, oregano pine nut melts
Baking a mould-ripened cheese like camembert means that it can be safely eaten by pregnant women. This means that baked camembert can make for a great dip, side dish or starter which is suitable for a GD diet and perfect for party occasions!
Try baking whole camembert for 15 minutes in an 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 to. 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 goat’s cheese aperitifs from Stef à table (Billes de chèvre multicolores) bring a spot of colour to the table!
The recipe includes goat’s 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 goat’s 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!
- 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 fewer carbs
Creamy Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
Take a look at Slice of Kitchen Life for the recipe for 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 an 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)
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.
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.
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):
No added sugar angel delight & trifles
No added sugar Angel Delight or shop’s 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.
Check out the recipes below, some are FREE recipes and others are within the GD UK Recipe Subscription.
My chocolate truffles are so quick and easy to make. Perfect for making with kids and everyone will enjoy them!
GD UK Cakes and Treats
I have TONS of recipes that 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 or GD UK Subscription 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 riskier, 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 shop’s own brand no added sugar cranberry juice.
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 like you’ve not missed out on a special drink!
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 that have zero carbs per 100ml.
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 has 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 then 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.
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!