3-Day Diabetes Meal Plan: 1,800 Calories

In this healthy meal plan, delicious diabetes-friendly ingredients make balancing your blood sugar simple.

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Tomato, Cucumber & White-Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.

Healthy eating is the cornerstone of diabetes management and can make all the difference in balancing your blood sugar and preventing the long-term effects of diabetes. In this healthy 1,800-calorie meal plan, delicious diabetes-friendly ingredients make balancing your blood sugar simple. Meals and snacks feature fiber-rich complex carbohydrates (like whole grains, fruits and vegetables), lean protein and healthy fats while limiting refined carbs (like white bread, white rice and added sugars), saturated fats and sodium-a combination recommended for diabetes.

The carbohydrates are balanced throughout the day, with each meal containing 3-4 carb servings (45-60 grams of carbohydrates) and each snack containing around 1-2 carb servings (15-30 grams grams of carbohydrates). The calorie and carbohydrate totals are listed next to each meal and snack so you can swap foods with similar nutrition in and out as you like. Whether you follow this plan exactly as it's laid out, or simply use it as inspiration for building your own meal plan for diabetes, you'll find that eating with diabetes doesn't need to be restrictive or complicated-this meal plan proves you can still enjoy delicious foods while keeping your blood sugar balanced. Don't miss the helpful "Diabetes Tips" throughout for more information on eating with diabetes.

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Day 1


Breakfast (542 calories, 36 g carbs)

Diabetes Tip: The carbohydrate and fiber content of store-bought breads can vary greatly. Aim for a bread that delivers around 1 carbohydrate serving (15 grams of carbs) and upwards of 20 percent of the daily value for fiber for one slice.

A.M. Snack (208 calories, 32 g carbs)

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup muesli

Top yogurt with raspberries and muesli.

Lunch (458 calories, 47 g carbs)

Diabetes Tip: Beans deliver a combination of a fiber, carbs and protein-a mix that helps to keep blood sugar balanced and helps you feel more satisfied.

P.M. Snack (62 calories, 15 g carbs)

  • 1 medium orange

Dinner (537 calories, 64 g carbs)

Combine couscous with oil, almonds and parsley. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Daily Totals: 1,806 calories, 91 g protein, 195 g carbohydrates, 49 g fiber, 82 g fat, 13 g sat. fat, 1,691 mg sodium.

Day 2


Breakfast (416 calories, 67 g carbs)

  • 1 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup muesli
  • 1 tsp. honey

Top yogurt with blueberries, muesli and honey.

Diabetes Tip: Rather than buying sugary flavored yogurt, add honey or maple syrup to plain yogurt-this allows you to control the amount of sugar you're getting. Or go with a "light" option made with zero-calorie sweeteners. And rather than granola, which is often made with added sugar, go for sugar-free muesli as an alternative.

A.M. Snack (219 calories, 19 g carbs)

  • 3 cups air-popped popcorn tossed in 1 Tbsp. olive oil and seasoned with salt to taste (1/8 tsp.)

Lunch (465 calories, 57 g carbs)

P.M. Snack (210 calories, 30 g carbs)

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 Tbsp. peanut butter

Dinner (489 calories, 39 g carbs)

Diabetes Tip: Pairing carbohydrates with protein and fiber slows down the digestion and absorption process, helping to keep your blood sugar from rising too quickly. Here we pair chicken with brown rice and broccolini for a balanced diabetes-friendly dinner.

Daily Totals: 1,799 calories, 98 g protein, 211 g carbohydrates, 33 g fiber, 65 g fat, 10 g sat. fat, 1,534 mg sodium.

Day 3

Cheap Healthy Lunches for Work

Breakfast (423 calories, 69 g carbs)

  • 3/4 cup rolled oats cooked 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 medium apple, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted almonds, chopped
  • Ground cinnamon

Top oats with apple, almonds and ground cinnamon to taste (1/8 tsp.)

Diabetes Tip: Oats are a great high-fiber option for breakfast. The less processed the oat, the higher the fiber content-instead of instant oats, try old-fashioned, rolled or steel-cut oats. Old-fashioned oats take 10 minutes or so to cook, with heartier oats taking longer. If you're feeling rushed in the mornings, try this recipe for overnight oats that can be heated up in the microwave or pull out your crock pot to make a bigger batch of creamy oats.

A.M. Snack (202 calories, 27 g carbs)

  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. unsalted almonds, chopped

Lunch (467 calories, 50 g carbs)

P.M. Snack (240 calories, 19 g carbs)

  • 3 cups air-popped popcorn tossed in 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

Dinner (468 calories, 28 g carbs)

Diabetes Tip: While brown rice and other whole grains are healthy options for people with diabetes, cauliflower rice is a fun low-carb alternative.

Evening Snack (62 calories, 15 g carbs)

  • 1 medium orange

Daily Totals: 1,801 calories, 80 g protein, 195 g carbohydrates, 45 g fiber, 84 g fat, 13 g sat. fat, 1,782 mg sodium.

You Did It!

Congratulations on finishing this 3-day meal plan for diabetes at 1,800 calories. Whether you made every single meal in this plan or simply used it as a guide for healthy eating, we hope you found it inspirational, exciting and informational. Don't miss our other healthy meal plans for diabetes and collection of delicious diabetes-friendly recipes.

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