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Diabetes Forecast

The Healthy Living Magazine

Food for a Day

By Stephanie Dunbar, RD, MPH , ,
overhead shot of salmon zucchini broccoli on plate

Photography by Kyle Dreier; styling by Whitney Kemp

Let’s get it on the table: There’s no single “right” diet for diabetes health.

Instead, the goal is an eating plan that delivers the energy and nutrients you need without excess calories, helps you manage blood glucose and other health conditions, and is enjoyable.

As an example, these photos show 1,600 calories spread across three meals and two snacks. Depending on your age, gender, activty level, and whether or not you want to lose weight, you may need more or less than 1,600 calories daily.

This balanced mix of common foods maximizes vitamins and minerals, fiber, and healthful fats while limiting saturated and trans fats, excess sodium, and “empty” calories from added sugars.

You may not like the foods shown; that’s OK. A personalized eating plan includes favorites and should allow for swaps. A registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator can help you design a plan.

Good nutrition doesn’t happen in a single day. But mapping out a day’s worth of healthful eating is an excellent place to start.

 Download a printable picture of healthful breakfast and a morning snack that are part of a 1,600 calorie meal plan.

 Download a printable picture of a healthful lunch that's part of a 1,600 calorie meal plan.

 Download a printable picture of a healthful snack that's part of a 1,600 calorie meal plan.

 Download a printable picture of a healthful dinner that's part of a 1,600 calorie meal plan.


 
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