EatingWell's Diabetes-Appropriate Meal Plan is designed to provide an overall healthy meal program that can be enjoyed by people with diabetes as well as by their families at five different daily caloric levels: 1,200, 1,400, 1,600, 1,800 and 2,000. The menus are packed with nutrient-rich foods, including whole grains, lean meats, low-fat dairy and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. They avoid refined grains and limit added sugars.
Each meal and snack is planned to keep blood sugar in check; snacks are generally 1 to 2 1/2 carbohydrate servings and meals are 2 1/2 to 5 carbohydrate servings, depending on the caloric level. In addition, these meal plans are heart-healthy: generally lower in saturated fat, dietary cholesterol and sodium, as diabetes is a risk factor for heart disease.