The Create Your Plate meal planning tool at Diabetes.org is one way to create a diabetic meal plan. The interactive tool helps users maintain healthy glucose levels and lose weight, according to the site. Visitors to the website see an empty dinner plate divided into sections: Half the plate is for non-starchy vegetables, one quarter of the plate is for lean protein, and one quarter can contain grains and starchy foods. Fruit and healthy drinks complete the meal.
Diabetes.org educates visitors about the value of a healthy meal plan and how to create one. A meal plan recommends the type and quantity of certain foods to choose for meals and snacks. A healthy diet consists of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, fish and non-fat dairy products.
The site offers several specific Ideas for creating a diabetic menu. Limiting high-fat, high-cholesterol and high-sodium foods is part of a diabetic menu. It suggests healthy cooking methods such as broiling, steaming and microwaving instead of frying foods. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, herring and sardines, are also good choices. Lean meats are an important part of a diabetic menu, with visible fat on meats and poultry removed. Using juices, herbs and spices to season foods instead of adding salt and fat is best. The site also offers many recipes that can be part of a diabetic menu.