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Learn about a host of diabetes-related topics such as how many Americans suffer from this disease to how to easily adjust to a new diet after diagnoses. This section will provide you with the information you need to make informed dietary decisions regarding diabetes.

Diabetic Meals

From a savory bacon and potato egg scramble for breakfast to an elegant pork tenderloin with olive tapenade for dinner, do not miss out on these healthy diabetic meals!


Diabetes is a rising chronic health condition affecting millions of Americans. Additional health conditions, including heart disease, are at risk if diabetes is left unmanaged.

Though medication can promote healthy blood sugar levels, adopting a healthy lifestyle can manage diabetes. Increasing activity levels and making dietary changes are two of the key factors for improving blood sugars.

BistroMD understands and recognizes the great growth of the chronic disease. Nutrition experts and chefs craft diabetes recipes, sure to manage blood sugars and satisfy the waistline and taste buds!

Diabetic Diet Plan

A nutritious diet can control diabetes in a couple of ways. First off, being overweight raises the risk of developing blood sugars, largely related to an impairment known as insulin resistance. One can lose weight if consuming a balanced diet, in turn reducing the risk of managing type 2 diabetes.

Especially if diagnosed with diabetes, diet has a direct link with blood sugar management. Carbohydrates fundamentally affect blood sugars, as the macronutrient is further broken down into glucose and used into energy.

Individuals often assume giving up carbohydrate sources is required to keep blood sugars within healthy levels. Carbs are actually promoted in a consistent fashion from "healthy" carbs, rather than concentrated sugars and sweets. Nutritious carbohydrates include whole grains, fresh fruit and veggies, milk and dairy products, and legumes.

A diabetes diet further stresses the importance of meal timing and portions for tighter blood glucose control. Most commonly, a diabetes meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack or two. Meals are advised to contain no more than 60 grams of carbohydrate, or four carb exchanges. Snacks should be limited to about 15 grams, or one carb exchange.

Additionally, net carb is a common term to describe the carbohydrate content of food. Net carb is simply the total carb minus fiber, as fiber is indigestible and does not impact blood sugar. Though carbohydrate impacts blood sugars most, pairing carb with protein and fat can further reduce the risk of sugar spikes.

Want diabetic meals delivered straight to home? Look no further than bistroMD! BistroMD offers a diabetic program built to manage blood sugars, facilitate weight loss, and lead to good health. The diabetic program was created by Dr. Cederquist as a specific response to a very real need that diabetic members expressed.

Dr. Cederquist combines the nutritional requirements of a diabetic diet with relished flavors of top-notch cuisine. A team of seasoned chefs and health experts create delicious meals while keeping carb content moderated. Healthy diabetic meals supply 25 net grams of carbs or less. They also deliver adequate lean protein the body needs to regulate blood sugars.

A diabetic menu online allows individuals to manage and control the rising chronic disease in the comfort of their own home. So, take a bite out of these 16 diabetic foods!

Best Meals for Diabetics - Breakfast

1. 7 Grain Waffles with Compote

Net carb: 21 grams

Waffles as a diabetic menu item? Sounds like a dream! Used with whole grains and nutritious strawberries or blueberries, this breakfast dream is a healthy reality.

The waffles are also served with turkey sausage, which helps stabilize blood sugars. Ultimately, the entire meal is well-rounded plate and packed with 17 grams of protein and 8 grams of fiber.

2. Artichoke Spinach and Roasted Red Pepper Frittata

Net carb: 15 grams

Treat yourself with this lavish frittata! The fluffy egg frittata is stuffed with artichoke, spinach, red pepper, and white cheddar cheese.

The frittata is paired with protein-packed turkey sausage to truly to get the day started and kept going.

3. Bacon and Potato Egg Scramble

Net carb: 21 grams

When thinking of a healthful diet, bacon and potatoes are often thought to be off the menu. But bistroMD has created an appetizing bacon and potato scramble packed with flavor without high amounts of carbs and calories!

The breakfast also offers a little sweetness, as the scramble is served alongside apples spiced with cinnamon.

4. Bagel Sandwich

Net carb: 12 grams

BistroMD's egg bagel sandwich comes in three tasty variations. These include caramelized onions, mushrooms, and Swiss; natural ham and Swiss; and turkey sausage and cheddar!

Fill that bagel void that is often created following a low-carb diet. The hardest part will be choosing which variation... Or select all three!

5. Smoked Chipotle Pork and Eggs

Net carb: 12 grams

Start the day with an innovative breakfast option! The trifecta of smoked pork loin, cowboy caviar, and salsa verde will transform standard eggs to a unique, well-balanced meal.

This delightful breakfast is served with a sweet corn and bean salad that is mixed in tangy red wine vinaigrette.

6. English Muffin Sandwich with Egg, Ham and Swiss

Net carb: 25 grams

Loaded with eggs, turkey sausage, and cheddar cheese, this English muffin sandwich is a healthful spin on an American classic.

So, skip the morning drive-thru and treat yourself to this guilt-free breakfast item.

7. Chicken Mushroom Crepe with Cinnamon Apples

Net carb: 25 grams

Crepes are much more than light pancakes. They are versatile and take on numerous savory and sweet flavors, including this chicken mushroom crepe.

This diabetic-friendly meal is loaded with tender shredded chicken and domestic mushrooms then blanketed in a light and creamy sauce. The savory cream is then balanced with the flavors of cinnamon apples topped with dried cranberries and walnuts.

Best Meals for Diabetics - Lunch & Dinner

8. Chicken Noodle Soup

Net carb: 14 grams

Say goodbye to canned chicken noodle soup and embrace the natural flavors of bistroMD's fresh alternative!

The hearty soup features onion, garlic, parsley, and thyme and devoid of sodium common in most varieties.

9. Beef Chipotle Chili with Corn Pudding

Net carb: 22 grams

Cozy up with this authentic bistroMD creation! The courtesy of garden-fresh veggies accelerates the nutritional profile while the sweetened corn pudding uniquely complements the robust chili.

Also packed with 16 grams of fiber and 26 grams of protein, is nothing short of satisfying!

10. Chicken A La King

Net carb: 12 grams

This dish is fit for a king and those managing blood sugars (and anyone else wanting to enjoy this luscious meal)! Diced chicken is enriched in a creamy white and mushroom sauce.

The juicy chicken is then paired with Italian-cut green beans that are infused with olive oil and fresh herbs.

11. Apple and Cherry Stuffed Chicken Breast

Net carb: 24 grams

Let the fresh apples and sweet cherries offer a sense of indulgence for dinner! The stuffed chicken is served with a fresh, roasted brussels sprouts.

Served with tri-colored walnut quinoa, the protein content only accelerates with a whopping total of 30 grams!

12. Beef Stroganoff with Mushrooms and Linguini

Net carb: 25 grams

A rich cream-based stroganoff and linguini pasta noodles? Though most believe pasta deprivation is necessary following a diabetic-friendly diet, bistroMD imagines otherwise!

The beef stroganoff recipe combines sautéed pieces of beef with creamy Stroganoff sauce. It is then accented by button mushrooms, served over linguine pasta, and sure to please!

This hearty meal is also loaded with 32 grams of protein!

13. Blackened Salmon with Creole Tomato Okra Stew

Net carb: 10 grams

Fish continues to be recognized for heart-healthy benefits, primarily related to its omega-3 fatty acids. But in addition to supporting heart health, this blackened salmon dish is a diabetic-friendly meal option.

The dish incorporates bold flavors from the Big Easy, which features a blackened Norwegian salmon fillet. It is then paired with hearty Creole okra and tomato stew and pair with herb roasted cauliflower.

14. Chicken Meatballs with Lentils and Spiced Tomato Sauce

Net carb: 25 grams

Spaghetti and meatballs get a healthy spin with this bistroMD diabetic menu favorite.

Flavorful lentils and veggies are layered with feta and fennel chicken meatballs, with a hearty tomato sauce harmonizing the dish.

15. Pork Tenderloin with Olive Tapenade

Net carb: 25 grams

Take a mini trip to France with this fancy meal! Pork tenderloin is served with finely chopped Kalamata and Manzanilla olives, capers, and drizzled with olive oil.

Lean pork is served with saffron orzo pasta and steamed broccoli, all components sure to please!

16. Eggplant Lasagna Casserole

Net carb: 14 grams

BistroMD's eggplant lasagna casserole recipe is layered with a three-cheese blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and Parmesan. Oh, then doused in a rich marinara sauce!

Despite swapping out standard lasagna noodles with eggplant, the desirability is not compromised! Truly, this diabetic menu item might be light in carbohydrate, but is bold in flavor.

Written By Sydney Lappe, MS, RDN. Published on November 15, 2016. Updated on May 08, 2019.


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