Meal Planning and Shopping Made Easier

Work with your healthcare team to develop a personalized meal plan, then check out our meal inspiration pages! You’ll find great ideas, delicious products, easy recipes and helpful tools to make your meal planning and shopping easier!

Building a Meal for Type 2 Diabetes

Determining what, how much and when you eat foods, especially foods that contain carbohydrates, is important for managing Type 2 diabetes. Yet, there’s no single “diabetic diet” that’s right for everyone.

The graphic below can help! Use this as a visual guide to get started with what to put on your plate. Work with your healthcare team to learn how much and when to eat foods that will support your specific needs.

Large plate graphic showing recommended portions
Small plate graphic showing recommended portions

Fill half of your plate with non-starchy vegetables, one quarter of your plate with protein foods and one quarter of your plate with grains or starchy vegetables. One serving of fruit, milk or yogurt may also be added to a meal.

Top-down view of a variety of vegetables

A few examples for each food category

  • Non-Starchy Veggies: asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, eggplant, jicama, leafy greens, onions, mushrooms, radishes and tomatoes
  • Protein Foods: seafood, poultry, meat, eggs, cheese, nuts, seeds, beans and lentils*
  • Grains** or Starchy Veggies: bread, cereal, corn, pasta, peas, potatoes, oats, rice, quinoa, corn, winter squash
  • Fruit: apples, berries, cherries, grapes, peaches,
    and oranges
  • Milk: reduced-fat, low-fat and fat-free milk
  • Yogurt: Greek or plain low-fat or fat-free yogurt

* Beans and lentils are sometimes counted as starchy vegetables. Refer to the FAQ “Are beans and lentils starchy veggies or protein foods?” for more information.
**Choose whole grains more often than refined grains.

Picture of Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast paired with Flavor Bomb Tomatoes

Breakfast

Meal Inspiration

Avocado Toast paired with Flavor Bomb Tomatoes

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Avocado Toast paired with Flavor Bomb Tomatoes

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains, fruit

Eggs with Spinach & Carrots paired with Fresh Cut Cantaloupe

protein, whole grains, fruit

Organic Multigrain Waffles with Almond Butter & Strawberries

protein, whole grains, fruit

Organic Instant Oatmeal with Blueberries & Shelled Walnuts

whole grains, fruit, yogurt

Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt with Peaches & Granola

non-starchy veggies, protein, fruit

Organic Eggs, Sausage, Peppers & Onions with a side of Grapes

Picture of Greek Turkey Burger with Zucchini

Greek Turkey Burger with Fresh Cut Zucchini Sticks

Lunch

Meal Inspiration

Greek Turkey Burger with Zucchini

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Greek Turkey Burger with Zucchini

plus Zucchini

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Shrimp Salad with Multigrain Roll

non-starchy veggies, protein, grains

Cauliflower Crust Veggie Pizza with Arugula Salad

non-starchy veggies, protein, grains

Margherita Panini with Kale & Mushroom Soup

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Mushroom Soup with Whole Wheat Baked Crackers and Baby Spinach Salad with Beets, Feta, & Walnuts

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Turkey on 1/2 Organic Whole Wheat Pita Bread with Carrots, Mini Peppers & Hummus

Picture of EZ Meal Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles

EZ Meal Chicken Parmesan with Broccoli & Zucchini Noodles

Dinner

Meal Inspiration

EZ Meal Chicken Parmesan with Broccoli & Zucchini Noodles

non-starchy veggies, protein, grains

Chicken Parmesan with Broccoli & Zucchini Noodles

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Chili Garlic Fish with Tom Tom Sauce served with Red Quinoa

plus Red Quinoa

non-starchy & starchy veggies, protein, whole grains, fruit

Kung Pao Beef Stir Fry served with Brown Rice & Clementines

non-starchy veggies, protein

Horseradish Crusted Salmon with Cauliflower Rice & Asparagus

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Black Pepper Cod with Yu Choy & Mushrooms with Organic Brown Rice

non-starchy veggies, protein, whole grains

Rotisserie Chicken with Steamable Rice, Green Beans and Carrots