Lunch ideas for people with type 2 diabetes
Diabetes is a progressive disease with many potential complications. These include blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, and loss of toes, feet, or legs.
Roughly 1 in every 11 people in the United States currently has diabetes, but although the condition may be familiar, it is hardly harmless. It is the country's seventh leading cause of death, and people with diabetes have a 50 percent higher risk of death than those without the condition.
Fortunately, even though diabetes is a chronic disease, it can be managed. One way that complications can be prevented is by following dietary guidelines.
Classic lunch ingredients that are good for people with diabetes
With planning and conscious eating, people with diabetes can safely enjoy a satisfying and varied diet.
The following common lunch items can also be part of a healthful lunch for people with diabetes:
canned tuna or salmon
salads with dressing on the side
low-salt soups and chili
whole fruit, such as apples and berries
plain, unsweetened Greek yogurt
peanut or almond butter
People who need to control their blood sugar can still select from a wide variety of options when they are looking for a tasty lunch. The following lunch ideas provide about 3 servings of carbohydrates each, or about 45 grams (g), or less:
soup and salad, such as tomato soup with a kale-apple salad
whole-wheat wrap (tortilla = 30 g carbs or less), such as turkey with hummus, cucumber, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives
spinach salad with canned tuna, ½ mayonnaise, ½ Greek yogurt, celery, and lemo Continue reading