It is not always easy to come up with diabetes lunch ideas, especially if you have only a short lunch break to figure it out. That is why it is important that you plan your diabetes lunch in advance, and consider how it fits into your meal plan for the rest of the day. If you are using a diabetes menu to outline your lunch, diabetes decisions can be made a lot quicker and easier. However, even your diabetes menus should be lined out a few days at a time. You should also speak to your doctor about how to put together a lunch for diabetes, that way you can create your own diabetes lunch menus and safely come up with diabetes lunch ideas.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), most people who are beginning a diabetic dietusually consume 45-60 grams of carbohydrates at each meal. Of course you should talk to your dietician or doctor and be sure that this applies to you. Salads, soups, sandwiches which are use whole-grains, and provide fiber and protein are the best foods to choose from when coming up with diabetes lunch ideas.


Diabetes Lunch Menu


The following are some diabetes lunch ideas that you can start with. Each contains approximately 45 grams of carbohydrates. They are:

  1. A ham sandwich on whole-wheat bread, 1 small orange, and broccoli with a low-fat dip.
  2. 1 cup of bean soup, 5 whole-wheat crackers, a side salad with a low-fat dressing, and 1 cup of grapes.
  3. 1 cup of tuna macaroni salad, made with low-sodium tuna, whole-wheat pasta, and low-fat mayonnaise, a small salad with 1 tsp. of dressing, and an apple.
  4. A chicken wrap which is made with a whole-grain tortilla, light mayonnaise, lettuce, tomatoes and other vegetables of your choice, along with a 6oz. of plain low-fat yogurt.
  5. A salad made with romaine lettuce, chicken, light salad dressing, a piece of whole-wheat bread, ½ cup of low-fat cottage cheese, and 1 cup of strawberries.
  6. A whole-wheat English muffin, with pizza sauce and cheese, ½ cup of grapes, and a cup of milk.
  7. A 10 inch whole-wheat tortilla with a slice of cheese and ham, served with a small apple, peanut butter, and a cup of milk.
  8. 1 cup of vegetables soup, served with non-starch vegetables such as peas, green beans, or carrots, 10 whole-wheat crackers, and an orange.
  9. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich, made on whole-wheat bread, 1 cup of milk, and ½ cup of sugar-free pudding.
  10. 10.  A frozen dinner which is low in sodium, and contains 30 grams of carbohydrates, 1 small orange, and a small salad with 1 tsp. of light dressing.