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.
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!)
- 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
Take a look at ruled.me 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
- 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.
- 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 bbcgoodfood.com
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)
- large grilled prawns with lemon mayonnaise dip
- cream cheese wrapped in smoked salmon
- proscuitto wrapped asparagus
- smoked salmon cucumber rolls
- spicy bacon wrapped chicken bites
- Mini Mexican chilli bites
- Home made low carb Scotch eggs
- Home made 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)
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
Watch out for sticky sweet sauces such as barbecue or glazed chicken. Try these alternatives instead:
- Plain roasted chicken
- Garlic parmesan chicken
- Jalapeño lime chicken
- Lemon pepper chicken
- Chilli lime baked chicken
- Salt and vinegar chicken
- Spicy hot chicken
- Garlicky lemon Cuban 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.
- Cheese board
- Full fat cream cheese on oatcakes - top with chives, salmon, ham, bacon etc.
- Baked camembert with garlic and rosemary
- Bacon fried mozzarella sticks
- Boursin aperitifs
- Parmesan garlic and basil crisps
- Parmesan, oregano pine nut melts
You can be really creative such as this lovely Christmas snowman made of cheese from Crafts a la mode.
Or how about these beautiful multicoloured goats cheese aperitifs from Stef à table? (Billes de chèvre multicolores)
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???!)
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!
- 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.)
- devilled eggs
- hard boiled eggs
- celery with cream cheese in the middle
- Stuffed peppers
- Three ingredient tomato pizza bites
- Cauliflower breadsticks
- Low carb homemade onion bhajis
- Low carb homemade onion pakoras
- 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.
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
Instead 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.
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.
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
Sweets 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.
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 Low Carb Brownies
Our low carb brownies are the best recipe we've found for a wonderful chocolate cake fix without raising blood sugar levels.
Enjoy these on their own or with chopped nuts and cream.
To see the recipe 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. For more help selecting drinks then take a look at our drinks page here.