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Try these quick and easy diabetic Meals with Vegetable Dip Recipes. You don’t have to be diabetic to use them. These meals can help you eat healthier and lose weight!

Eat Healthier With These Easy Diabetic Meals

Eat Healthier With These Easy Diabetic Meals

We are often asked to provide diabetic menus and recipes. I have been on a diabetic diet many times just to lose weight and then as a need when I had gestational diabetes.

You don’t have to have diabetes to use these diabetic menus and recipes. They are also excellent menus to use for eating healthier or for sensibly losing weight.

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There isn’t anything magical about a diabetic diet. The most important thing to remember in a diabetic diet is DON’T EAT SO MUCH!!

You might be thinking, “but it’s not that easy!” Well, after taking a diabetic eating class, reading tons and tons of information on it and practicing it myself I can tell you, “YES IT IS!!”

You just have to stop making excuses and do it! I am including myself in that, too, because I still have 30 pounds to lose or I run the risk of developing diabetes in the next year or so, so maybe I can motivate myself to do it, too.

 

Here are some general guidelines about eating with diabetes:

  • Cut your portions. Fill your plate, eat it and then don’t re-fill it.
  • One half of the plate should be vegetables and fruit. Then one quarter should be grains and one quarter meat.
  • Drink all the sugar free coffee and tea you want, but don’t forget to drink water.
  • Use low-fat, low-calorie salad dressings, mayonnaise, margarines, jams and jellies. You can still have the flavor, but without so many calories. I personally don’t like the taste of anything “diet”, so I just eat half the normal serving amount.
  • Avoid a lot of high fat foods or fried foods.

Really, that’s about it. Here are some menu ideas and recipes to help you get started. Please feel free to share your favorite diabetic menus and tips!

Tawra

 

Diabetic Breakfast Menus

Menu 1:

1 small (2 oz.) bran muffin
1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup fat-free milk
banana

Menu 2:

2 slices whole-wheat toast
2 Tbsp. peanut butter
1 small banana

 

Diabetic Snack Ideas

Snack Option 1:

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp. chopped walnuts

Snack Option 2:

1 cup fat-free milk
2 small fig cookies

Snack Option 3:

12 red or green grapes
1/2 cup cottage cheese

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Diabetic Lunch Menus

Menu 1:

2 slices whole-wheat bread
3 oz. lean roast beef
2 tsp. mustard
1 cup cooked vegetables

Menu 2:

1 serving (10 oz.) beef barley soup
1 dinner roll
1 medium apple

 

Diabetic Dinner Menus

Menu 1:

3 oz. chicken breast, sauteed with
1 cup vegetables of your choice
1 Tbsp. olive oil (for cooking)
2/3 cup cooked brown rice
1 cup fat-free milk

Menu 2:

1 medium pork chop
1 dinner roll
2 tsp. margarine
1 small salad
1/2 cup fresh fruit salad

 

One the hardest parts for me about a diabetic diet is eating a lot of vegetables. I just don’t like them plain and butter and cheese do make them taste MUCH better! One of the best ways to combat this is to make one of these low calorie high protein dips that go with most vegetables.

 

Cottage Cheese Dill Dip

2/3 cup cottage cheese
2 tablespoons dill weed
Pepper and paprika to taste
Lemon juice to taste

Blend until smooth. Serve with your favorite veggies. 150 calories.

VARIATIONS: Experiment with different herbs to your taste.

 

Cottage Cheese Dip

1 (12 oz.) package cottage cheese – not creamed
6 Tbsp. Skim Milk
1 1/2 tsp. instant minced onion
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 Tbsp. finely chopped pimento
1 Tbsp. snipped parsley

Beat all of the above ingredients together, but do not cream the cottage cheese. Chill. This dip is good on a baked potato.

 

Easy Cottage Cheese Dip

2 tbsp. milk
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 cup creamed cottage cheese

Put ingredients into a blender, cover and process at high blend until smooth and creamy. Use in place of sour cream in any dip recipe. It is higher in protein and lower in calories. Yields 1 cup.