These sample diabetic menus show you how easy it really is to eat healthy if you have diabetes.
A diabetic diet is simply a healthy diet with a few extra considerations to keep in mind.
Most diabetics do best when keeping the number of carbohydrates they consume on the lower side.
Using the glycemic index has become a popular and effective way of choosing foods that are less stressful on our bodies in terms of carbohydrates.
This is the explanation of the glycemic index from the doctor who discovered it:
“Not all carbohydrate foods are created equal, in fact they behave quite differently in our bodies. The glycemic index or GI describes this difference by ranking carbohydrates according to their effect on our blood glucose levels. Choosing low GI carbs – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels – is the secret to long-term health reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.”
You will find a lot more information on diabetic cooking and diabetes nutrition here.
Here are several ideas for diabetic menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The key to healthy diabetic diets is to eat only a small portion of the high carbohydrate or high glycemic food and fill up on the veggies and salads.
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Sample Diabetic Menus
Diabetic Meal Plans for Breakfast
Here is what I think of as a very healthy diabetic breakfast:
Berries are very low calorie and low on the glycemic index. Perfect fruits for a diabetic breakfast.
1 cup plain yogurt (probiotic)
2 tablespoons walnut pieces
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1/2 cup blueberries, raspberries or sliced strawberries
bit of sugar-free syrup (optional for sweetness)
I always start my day with a piece of fruit, then a bit of something else. Fruits that are low on the glycemic index like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, plus cherries, peaches, melon pieces or a small orange are great diabetic breakfast choices.
Other great options include:
Oat Bran Blueberry Pancake (made with 1/2 whole wheat flour)
Apple Oat Bran Muffin (replace brown sugar with Splenda baking mix)
One Ounce of Your Favorite Cheese
1 Cup of Berries
Diabetic Lunch Menus
Grapefruit and Avocado Salad with Shrimp
Whole Grain Roll
Sample Diabetic Menus for Dinners
Please Note: Before adjusting your diet in any way, please consult your own medical practitioner. The opinions expressed on this site are not meant to constitute medical advice or take the place of your medical practitioner.
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