Meals for diabetics should include variation be balanced and must be eaten regularly for better blood glucose control. Skipping meals increases the risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and overeating at the next meal. A balanced meal should contain a lean source of protein, fiber, nutrients and limited carbohydrates. Portion sizes, caloric content and glycemic index are important considerations when planning a meal
Ideally, breakfast being the largest meal of the day. This is difficult for many because mornings are busy and often rushed. It’s OK if you can not eat a big meal, but never skip it. Eat a high-protein breakfast of fruit to increase metabolism.
Hold fast food available for busy days. Yogurt, nuts, cut-up fruit, and hard boiled eggs are healthy choices. Make a sandwich with whole wheat toast, cheese, two slices of bacon and one egg. Add some spinach, tomato, avocado, or other toppings to provide the variety. Fruit smoothies made with yogurt is refreshing and makes a nice summer breakfast. Drink with a whole-grain muffins and some nuts for a complete meal.
It may be tempting to work through lunch or just grab a bite, but do not give into temptation, especially if you had a light breakfast. Sandwiches are a simple lunch. Add plenty of vegetables and choose whole wheat bread to make a sandwich healthier. Have a cup of soup with sandwich to complete the meal. Make extra when cooking dinner and take leftovers for lunch.
Make dinner a light meal whenever possible. Eat carbs in moderation, and watch portion sizes. Choose lean meats and vegetables as the main part of the meal. Use long-grain rice, whole-grain breads and pasta as small side dishes. Grilled salmon with lemon and sea salt, steamed vegetables mix, and a slice of sprouted grain bread makes a hearty dinner. Try adding different vegetables and lean meats together for a quick roast. Put some vegetables, broth and chicken in a crock pot for a simple soup.
Never go very long without food. Have healthy snacks available to eat between meals. Nuts, fruits, vegetables and string cheese are easy to keep on hand. Pack a granola bar, trail mix, or some dry cereal for quick snacks.