Diabetics and caregivers can use the create-your-plate method for planning meals, recommends the American Diabetes Association. Half of the plate should be filled with nonstarchy vegetables. The other half of the plate should be divided into two sections, one for grains and starchy foods and the other for high-protein foods.
Nonstarchy vegetables include leafy greens, tomatoes, mushrooms and cucumbers, explains the American Diabetes Association. Grains and starchy foods include whole-grain breads, rice, pasta and cooked beans. Good sources of protein include chicken, fish, lean cuts of beef and tofu. Eating Well's website offers a variety of healthy meat and vegetarian meals at different calorie levels.