7 Diabetes-Friendly Lunch Recipes

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  • Doing Lunch the Right Way

    Doing Lunch the Right Way

    Ah, that famous question: “What do you want to do for lunch?”

    Whether you’re at work with 10 minutes to spare, running around after your kids at home, or having people over on Saturday, getting the right lunch for your diabetes can be a hassle if you don’t plan ahead.

    These recipes are perfect for a bite at home, entertaining on the weekend, or to take to the office for lunch.

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  • Broccoli Slaw Fish Tacos

    Broccoli Slaw Fish Tacos

    Who doesn’t love tacos? And when they’re fish tacos, they’re full of omega-3 fatty acids, which can keep your blood pressure in check and prevent you from getting any blood clots. Throw on some broccoli and carrots to add some crunch to the Baja California flavor.

    Calories per serving: 300

    Carbohydrates: 14g

    Fiber: 2g

    Sugar: 11g

    Read the recipe.

  • Caribbean Chicken Salad

    Caribbean Chicken Salad

    This tasty chicken salad recipe isn’t just perfect for summer. Substitute whatever fruits and veggies are in season as you move through the year.

    Calories per serving: 290

    Carbohydrates: 9g

    Fiber: 6g

    Sugar: 2g

    Read the recipe.

  • Antioxidant Soup with Grilled Crab Cakes

    Antioxidant Soup with Grilled Crab Cakes

    Who needs soup and sandwiches when you can have soup and crab cakes? This spicy soup is loaded with antioxidant veggies like leeks, spinach, and asparagus. Match them with grilled (not fried!) crab cakes for a perfect low-fat, diabetes-friendly light lunch.

    Calories per serving: 90 (soup), 150 (crab cakes)

    Carbohydrates: 15g (soup), 16g (crab cakes)

    Fiber: 3g (soup), 1g (crab cakes)

    Sugar: 2g (soup), 2g (crab cakes)

    Read the recipe for soup.

    Read the recipe for crab cakes.

  • Kale Rice Bowl

    Kale Rice Bowl

    The rice bowl is the perfect base for whatever you choose to throw into it, so why not throw in the superfood of the moment? Kale, or any leafy green, tastes great when paired with onions, avocado and chicken.

    Calories per serving:  320

    Carbohydrates: 35g

    Fiber: 5g

    Sugar: <1g

    Read the recipe.

  • Lettuce Wraps

    Lettuce Wraps

    If you want a light lunch with a crunch, you can’t go wrong with lettuce wraps. Make a few at home to take with you to work, or let your guests assemble them when you’re entertaining.

    Calories per serving: 130

    Carbohydrates: 7g

    Fiber: 2g

    Sugar: 4g

    Read the recipe.

  • Smoked Trout Tartine

    Smoked Trout Tartine

    Open-faced sandwiches keep the carb count down without sacrificing the bread. For lunch on a sunny day, smoked trout topped with capers, roasted peppers, and lemon juice on a bed of whole-grain bread is exactly what the doctor ordered.

    Calories per serving: 280

    Carbohydrates: 15g

    Fiber: 3g

    Sugar: 2g

    Read the recipe.

  • Stuffed Pepper for One

    Stuffed Pepper for One

    The Greeks clearly know something about making good use of leftovers. Perfect for entertaining or a quick meal, this delicious Mediterranean recipe can be supplemented with almost anything you’ve got left in the fridge.

    Calories per serving: 250

    Carbohydrates: 37g

    Fiber: 5g

    Sugar: 4g

    Read the recipe.