As of February 2015, free meal planners for diabetics are found on the Prevention magazine website and other online websites. The USDA SuperTracker features menu tracker options to help diabetics manage their food choices and menu planning.
A diabetic diet is not meant to be restrictive, according to Mayo Clinic. Known as medical nutrition therapy, diabetic diets focus on healthy eating at regular times throughout the day to regulate blood sugar. Fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains are usually main features of a diabetic diet.
In general, diabetics should avoid saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and sodium, explains Mayo Clinic. Diabetics should emphasize good fats, fish and healthy carbohydrates in their diets. The disease is often controlled by a combination of insulin and medical nutrition therapy. Type 2 diabetics often benefit from losing weight.
Patients who are diagnosed with diabetes should meet with a nutritionist to discuss specific dietary needs, recommends Mayo Clinic. While the nutritionist may plan the meals in the beginning, individuals should eventually be able to plan their own meals while taking into account their diabetes. Once confident doing so, use meal planning tools such as the USDA Supertracker. The Supertracker can help individuals make sure they are meeting all their nutritional needs while eating to control their diabetes.