Sample Menu for Type 2 Diabetes

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Here at Diabetes Meal Plans we encourage a low carb diet because research shows it outperforms any other diet for:

Decreasing blood glucose
Lowering A1C
Decreasing cholesterol
Increasing HDL
Increasing weight loss


That said, it’s pretty hard for anyone to make the jump from eating 300 g carbs per day (average diet) to 50-80 g per day.

So the good news is, you can stage your transition if you choose.

Below we’ve put together a couple of sample menus for type 2 diabetes/ prediabetes:

Sample low carb menu (50-80 g)
Sample moderate carb menu (120-130 g)

If you’ve been eating lots of carbs (which is common), it’s a good idea to start with a moderate carb level, then work towards a low carb level for best results.


Peanut butter protein balls (5 g)
Guacamole or peanut butter with carrot or celery sticks (10 g)
Cheesecake finger bites – (11 g)
Carrot and cinnamon loaf (5 g)
Cucumber crackers (9 g)

Aim for 5-15 g per snack, with 2-3 snacks per day as you need them.

And that would make up your low carb menu of around 50-80 grams total carbs per day.

If you factor in the fiber, you’d be consuming approximately 30-50 grams net carbs per day (total carbs minus fiber = net carbs).

As you can see from this sample menu, you will not be starving! But it is a different way to eat than you are probably used to.

That’s why we create delicious weekly Meal Plans and Menus – so you can enjoy life more while lowering blood sugar and A1c at the same time!

SAMPLE 2 Day MEAL PLAN: 120-130 g per day

NOTE: We don’t generally encourage people to eat bread, rice or pasta. For better blood sugar results, these are the foods we recommend you work on reducing and eliminating.

However, let’s take the exact same menu above and turn it into a 120-130 g carb meal plan instead.
Day 1

Breakfast: Veggie scramble with one slice of whole grain bread – approx. 30 g

Lunch: Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad with one slice of whole grain bread or one small roll – approx. 30 g

Dinner: Chicken, Chorizo and Veggie Stew with one serve brown rice (max. 1/2 cup) – approx. 30 g

Snacks: Hummus and carrot sticks 15 g, peanut butter with half small apple 15 g.
Day 2

Breakfast: Roasted Nut Muesli – add 1/4 cup whole oats – approx. 30 g

Lunch: Chicken Sandwich Wrap – served on whole grain wrap bread – approx. 30 g

Dinner: Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini’s – made with enchilada/flat bread instead of zucchini – approx. 30 g

Snacks: Greek yogurt with berries 15 g, cottage cheese with half a pear 15 g.

Based off the meals and snacks in these moderate low carb menus, the total daily carbs is around: 120-130 g per day.

What you will notice is that as soon as you add the breads, pastas, rice, and noodles, the carb count goes up quite dramatically, with just a small portion added.

Bread, pasta, rice, noodles, crackers, flour-based items and potatoes are generally the foods that will increase blood sugar the most – high carb foods – and as suggested earlier, these are the foods we recommend you try decreasing or eliminating altogether.

Of course, if you prefer to transition a little slower, or your diet is currently filled with lots of sugar and processed foods. Step down to 120 g per day first, then once you adjust, aim lower – you will notice your blood sugar levels come down as you lower the amount of carbs you eat.

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