Dinner is usually the largest meal of the day, so it’s important to maintain a balance between the food groups. Make sure to include protein, grains, and vegetables.
Your protein choice may include chicken, beef, shrimp, etc. You may also choose some vegetarian options such as beans, nuts, soy, etc. There are no bad choices as long as you pick a protein that is relatively unprocessed and low in carbohydrates. This means that proteins such as SPAM or breaded chicken should be avoided. Grains should be the next component of your dinner.
Some grains are better than others. You should avoid processed and refined grains such as white rice or instant “minute” rice. Instead, use grains such as barley, quinoa, or brown rice. If you want to avoid grains all together, you can substitute beans. Black beans, pinto beans, and lentils are all great choices. After the grains, you’ll want to look at the vegetables you’ll include in your dinner.
Some vegetables contain more carbohydrates than others, but all are very nutrient dense. Vegetable serving sizes are also generally small, so there are not many vegetables that will cause blood sugar issues. Some of vegetables with the highest glycemic index include instant mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and beets. Some of the best vegetables are broccoli, peas, cauliflower, and green beans.
Avoid these highly processed foods.
Instead, choose these more natural, healthier options.