What's on your Plate?
The key to eating with diabetes is to eat a variety of health foods from all food groups. Your doctor may have a specific meal plan in mind, but a good baseline is MyPlate.
Vegetables should take up the biggest portion of your plate. Vegetables are the most nutrient dense foods available. Some examples include broccoli, carrots, potatoes, and corn.
Fruits should take up almost as much space on your plate as vegetables. Fruit is high in sugar, but also high in vitamins and minerals. Some examples include melon, berries, apples, and bananas.
Grains should take up about 25% of your plate. Grains provide much of your energy throughout the day. Examples include wheat, rice, and barley.
Protein should account for about 25% of your plate. Proteins are the building blocks of many human processes. Protein comes in many forms such as lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, and beans.
Dairy is very nutrient dense but may contain high levels of fat. Whenever possible, choose low-fat or fat-free options. Some examples of dairy are milk, cheese, and yogurt.