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What are some good meal plans for diabetics?

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An ideal diabetic meal plan balances blood sugar levels with fiber, vitamin-D, omega-3 fatty acids and calcium, according to Prevention. A meal plan with three meals and two snacks at approximately 1,400 calories per day regulates diabetes, while promoting weight loss.

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What are some good meal plans for diabetics?
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For breakfast, stir together 6 ounces fat-free yogurt with 2 tablespoons dried fruit, 2 tablespoons flax seed and 2 tablespoons almonds to start the day, according to Prevention. For lunch, make a chicken salad with 2 cups dark greens, 2 chopped celery stalks and 2 ounces shredded chicken breast. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey mustard dressing and serve with 1 slice buttered toast. Choose 1 medium apple and 1/4 cup nuts for an afternoon snack.

For dinner, cook 3 ounces roast beef with 2/3 cup rice and a side of spinach sautéed in 1 teaspoon olive oil. An evening snack of 2/3 cup berries and 6 ounces of yogurt may be added diabetics who are still hungry, according to Prevention.

For patients who want a little more flexibility, WebMD advises diabetics to consume 45 grams of carbohydrates per meal without counting calories. Portion control of carbohydrates, fat and protein is the key to staying healthy and managing diabetes. For breakfast, choose a fruit, vegetable, protein and healthy fat. Avoid sugary creamers, and stick to one cup of black coffee. For lunch and dinner, select a salad or soup that is heavy on vegetables.

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