Sample Diabetes 1200-Calorie Meal Plan

Low in Fat, Big in Taste

Chicken Caesar salad
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If you've received a 1200-calorie diabetes-friendly diet prescription from a team of medical professionals, here is a good meal plan to start with. A word of caution: a 1200-calorie diabetes diet is not for every person with diabetes. For weight loss, this calorie level is low enough for many people to cause a negative effect on metabolism. For many people with diabetes, this calorie level may not provide enough carbohydrates to compliment medication regimens or prevent hypoglycemia.

However, 1200 calories will meet the energy needs of some folks with diabetes (probably if you are small in weight and stature, older than 65, and/or less active). If you've received a 1200-calorie diabetes diet prescription, your doctors will have taken all of these factors into account. This meal plan should give you some ideas and provides 1210 calories a day, with 56% from carbohydrate and 14% from fat.

Breakfast:

  • omelet made with 1/4 cup egg substitute and 1 slice (1 ounce) low-fat cheese
  • 1 slice whole wheat toast with 1 tsp low-fat margarine spread
  • 1 small orange or 2 small tangerines
  • coffee with 2 tablespoons fat-free half & half

Lunch:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • 1 apple
  • 1 6-ounce fat-free yogurt
  • 8-12 ounces of water or a sugar-free beverage

Dinner:

  • Turkey Sloppy Joes. Double the portion-size suggested in this recipe by using a standard-sized roll, or 2 small rolls and twice the amount of filling
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli topped with 2 tsp low-fat margarine spread

Snack:

  • 3 cups low-fat microwave popcorn
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) skim milk

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