Gestational Diabetes Smoothie 8538


Servings: 1 person
Carbohydrate Serves: 2 per person
(1 carbohydrate serve = 15 grams of total carbohydrate)

Something cold, creamy and nutritious. (Main carbohydrate containing ingredients are listed in bold.)


  • 1 cup/ 8.5 fl.oz fat reduced milk
  • 1/2 cup berries (frozen or fresh)
  • 1 scoop low fat ice-cream or 1 large tablespoon low fat natural yoghurt
  • A sprinkle of nutmeg or cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a blender.

Post-GDM tip: For a super power-packed smoothie add a tablespoon of LSA (linseed, sunflower & almond meal), and a drizzle of agave syrup (or honey) if you like it sweeter.

  • Neelima says:

    I just came to know I have GDM…and I was least expecting it. I was blaming myself for eating ice cream and smoothies with fresh fruit all through now. I was thinking I should not have another smoothie and this post saved me.

    I came to know that we can have smothies…which I love. Thanks a lot for putting up this website and helping women like me….

    Could you also try to include some recipes with Shrimp? Or is it high GI?

  • Natasha Leader says:

    Hi Neelima,

    Glad you’ve found some recipe treats to try already! There is already one recipe for ‘shrimp’ which are called ‘prawns’ in Australia. See Am sure Lisa will have more down the track! Prawns/Shrimp aren’t high GI as they aren’t a carbohydrate food-so you can eat a bit extra without it affecting your glucose levels….just make sure they are served cooked and hot so they are safe for you in pregnancy.

    Tasha (GDRs in-kitchen dietitian).

    • Neelima says:

      Thanks for the support! I observed that it is a great effort to keep my sugar levels under check especially for breakfast. I am tired of eggs , is there any other low carb recipes that you can suggest for breakfast? even a slice of wheat bread is rising my sugar levels.

      -Thank You!!

  • Natasha Leader says:

    Hi again Neelima,
    Breakfast is often a tricky time of day to manage for a couple of reasons.  Firstly your body hasn’t had to use a large amount of insulin to cover a meal since the previous night and also the hormone levels causing the problem of GDM are higher at that time of day.  It helps to limit to 30g of carbs at this time.  Is your wheatbread just smooth bread?  You may do better with some dense seed/grain bread and then add protein i.e. eggs, peanut butter or cheese.  You can always add extra vege i.e. grilled tomato/mushroom.  If this doesn’t work you may try a glass of milk and a fist-size piece of fruit along with some egg dish to add protein and help fill you up.  If neither of these things work you may just need some insulin at breakfast time to assist you keep your glucose down.  It is no good for you or the baby to try and starve yourself to avoid the glucose levels going up.  Natasha (’s in-kitchen dietitian)

  • corrine clode says:

    hi just found out i have GDM and noticed you often talk about fre vegitables. Could you please advise me what they are.

    • Lisa says:

      So free vegetables are those which are pretty much carb (sugar) free.
      Here is some info from my website explaining this further and you can
      find the whole article here

      ‘Free foods’ or foods that won’t affect your blood glucose levels.

      Non-starchy vegetables such as celery, cabbage, capsicum, eggplant,
      zucchini, lettuce, spinach, asian greens, tomatoes, broccoli,
      cauliflower, brussels sprouts, squash, green beans, snow peas, avocado.*
      These vegetables won’t cause weight gain and are full of nutrients you
      and your baby need. ( *With the exception of avocado which is very high
      in fat.)

      Protein foods such as beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs,
      nuts, seeds, tofu and cheese.
      Including protein with your meals and some snacks can help you to feel
      fuller. They can often be a source of fat though, so take care not to go
      overboard and choose lean and low-fat versions wherever possible.

      Condiments that are okay to cook with include: mustard, vinegars,
      tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, chilli, lemon juice, lime juice,
      curry powder, all herbs and spices, soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster
      sauce. Select healthier condiment options that are lower in salt, added
      sugar and total fat.

      Drinks such as water, soda water, plain mineral/sparkling mineral water
      and small amounts of tea, coffee, diet soft drinks and diet cordials.

      Please let me know if you have any other questions, or you can post
      them over at our Facebook page and our qualified dietitian Natasha will
      respond to them asap.

  • Amy says:

    I was just diagnosed with GDM and have been struggling with ideas for snacks. Here my OB gave me lists with ideas, but they included things I usually don’t eat/have around the house. This smoothie is great! I added a few drops of stevia. Do you have thoughts on using stevia as a sweetener with GDM?

    • Lisa says:

      Hi Amy. Natasha (our In-Kitchen Dietitian) previously posted this response regarding sweeteners in general on our Facebook page. She said, “There is no evidence that the available sweeteners i.e.aspartame, sucralose are harmful in pregnancy. Saccharin and cyclamate have been tested in
      high quantities in pregnancies with no ill effects found. Women are starting to use options such as Stevia now however it is important to keep in mind that just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is safe and we don’t have the studies regarding Stevia safety yet. Small amounts
      of added sugar may still be appropriate in the GDM diet so it all depends on the context in which the sweeteners are to be used.” I hope that helps? Lisa

  • Ashley says:

    I just found out a couple days ago that i have GD. I’m 27 weeks along and this is my third. I have never in my life worried about what I should and shouldn’t eat. I have been searching for days trying to find a list of what things I should and shouldn’t eat. If anyone can help me that would be wonderful. I really could use the help!

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