Healthy Meals You & Your Kids Will Love!
Whether you’ve previously had a gestational diabetes diagnosis during pregnancy or simply want a healthy lifestyle change, the most common question is “What can I eat?” Generally, it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle. This means exercising regularly, eating similar amounts of food at each meal, choosing lean proteins, increasing vegetable intake, and drinking plenty of water. Regarding carbohydrates, it’s very important to keep them in your diet, and choose ones high in fiber and low in sugar. Every woman is different, and what works for one woman may not work for another. A dietitian can help you find your healthy lifestyle.
One way to start following a healthy lifestyle is to cook at home. By cooking at home you can:
- Control portion sizes
- Know exactly what you are eating and avoid unnecessary added fat, salt or sugar
- Reduce temptations
- Increase the amount of time you spend with your family
- Save money!
Using the Nutrition Facts Label – Three Easy Steps!
1. Size Up Servings
Pay attention to the serving size and the number of servings you eat or drink to see the total number of calories and nutrients.
2. Consider the Calories
When checking a food’s calories, remember this guide:
- 100 calories per serving of an individual food is considered a moderate amount
- 400 calories or more per serving of an individual food is considered high in calories.
3. Choose Nutrients Wisely
Use % Daily Value to see if a serving of food is high or low in recommended nutrients and to compare foods.
- Try to get 100% DV of these on most days: Dietary Fibers, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
- Try to get less than 100% DV of these each day: Saturated Fat, Trans Fat (Try to keep trans fat as low as possible), Sodium, Added Sugars