Meal Planning Made Easy
No, my title is not an oxymoron. In all honesty, meal planning can be made easy – as easy as 1-2-3. That is, the best strategy I have found is to complete three simple steps:
Planning ahead is a key to eating healthy because it reduces the influence of impulse on eating decisions, like when you’re at the grocery without a list or grazing in your kitchen. When you start following a meal plan for managing your blood glucose levels, it may be easier to start out with some basic food, such as grilled chicken or baked fish with sides of steamed vegetables and a carbohydrate choice, rice, potatoes or pasta. Include servings of a carbohydrate, protein and fat at each meal. Starting out with simple foods will make it easier to learn how to count grams of carbohydrate in each meal. Then you can add more recipes to your menu that may have combinations of foods included, such as casseroles or chili. The key for finding recipes that will fit into your meal plan is to choose recipes that have nutrition facts listed.
Here is a sample one day menu that contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrate per meal:
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