The Plate Method and Diabetes

Do you live with diabetes and feel confused about what or how much to eat? The Plate Method is a great tool to help you create a balanced meal, while controlling your diabetes.

Use the Plate Method and follow these six simple steps at each meal:

  1. Use a 9-inch dinner plate. Divide it down the middle, and divide one of the halves again, so you have three sections on your plate.
  2. Fill the largest section with non-starchy vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, lettuce, and beets.
  3. In one of the smaller sections put grains or starchy foods, including bread, potatoes, rice, corn, and pasta.
  4. In the last section, put protein foods such as grilled chicken breast, fish, eggs, beans, or tofu.
  5. As your meal plan allows, add 1/2 cup fruit or a serving of dairy.
  6. Enjoy a low-calorie drink with your meal, perhaps water, un-sweetened tea, or a spritzer.

When you fill each section, keep portion sizes in mind, and do not pile on too much!

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