Almond Cookies (Moroccan Ghriba) • Gestational Diabetes – Fitness Club

Almond Cookies (Moroccan Ghriba) • Gestational Diabetes UK

Firstly, what is gestational diabetes?

Diabetes is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. The amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin.

During pregnancy, the body produces a number of hormones, such as oestrogen, progesterone and human placental lactogen (HPL). These hormones make the body insulin resistant, which means the cells respond less well to insulin and the level of glucose in the blood remains high.

To cope with the increased amount of glucose in the blood, the body should produce more insulin. However, some women either cannot produce enough insulin in pregnancy to transport the glucose into the cells, or their body cells are more resistant to insulin. When this happens, blood glucose levels remain too high. This is known as ‘gestational diabetes mellitus’. Gestational diabetes can also be defined as carbohydrate intolerance.

Sweet almond cookies.

Crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and delicious almond taste like marzipan. This is my low-carb version of Moroccan Ghriba cookies

almond cookies Moroccan Ghriba - Diabetes

These almond cookies are so simple and easy to make. Sweet, crisp on the outside, soft in the middle and delicious almond taste like marzipan. This is my low-carb version of Moroccan Ghriba cookies.

These cookies are self-paired due to the ingredients used. My recipe yields 13 cookies which are approx. 5cm diameter and 2cm thick. I would recommend a serving of no more than 4 cookies at a time. Store cookies in an airtight container, jar or tin.

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