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Meal planning can help you control portion sizes and the amount of carbohydrates you eat throughout the day. This is especially important if you have diabetes or if you are at risk for the disease. The way you "create your plate" to balance carbohydrates for blood glucose control is a bit different from the MyPlate recommendations. Let's get started!
You Will Need...
A 9-inch plate (measure your salad or dinner plate)
A bowl to hold ½ cup of fruit
A bowl to hold 1 cup of soup or cereal
Fill Your Plate With...
½ plate = non-starchy vegetables like green beans, carrots, salad greens, broccoli or cauliflower
¼ plate = whole grains or starchy vegetables
¼ plate = meat, fish, poultry, legumes or eggs
Add to Your Plate...
Small piece of fruit (or ½ cup cut-up fruit) and 1 cup of low-fat or fat free milk or yogurt
Fruit, grains, and milk have about the same effect on blood glucose levels, so you can occasionally trade these foods for each other. For example, if you don't want fruit for breakfast, have another piece of toast. Or, trade your toast for another cup of milk But remember that it's important to eat foods from all food groups to get the vitamins and minerals you need each day!
Here Are Some Ideas to Get You Started!
What about Snacks and Desserts?
If you want a snack, you can save your fruit or dairy serving to have between meals. If you want a small dessert, trade it for your fruit. Don't do this often, though. Desserts usually are high in sugar and calories!