May 17, 2016

Grocery List for Diabetics

I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. Talk with your health care provider about a diabetes management plan that’s right for you. #GlucernaHungerSmart #CollectiveBias

This diabetic friendly grocery list helps make shopping easier for people with diabetes.

This diabetic friendly grocery list helps make shopping easier for people with diabetes.
As a nursing home dietitian, I work with a lot of patients with diabetes. I would say about half of my patients are diabetics. I've been working in long-term care for 6 years now and have quite a bit of experience working with diabetics.

I see a lot of misconceptions when it comes to diabetes that I help to clear up on a daily basis. A lot of people believe that diabetics cannot have any carbohydrates- that could not be farther from the truth. Some people think that diabetics cannot have any sugar- that also is not true. In the nursing home setting, we give diabetics desserts and such with sugar in them but in controlled portions. We also let it be the patient's preference if they have artificial sweeteners instead of sugar to sweeten their coffee for example.

The biggest tip that I give to diabetics is to eat an overall healthy diet. Balance your meals with a mix of whole-grains, protein, fruit, dairy and vegetables. Do not have a ginormous plate of pasta but if you want to have a side of pasta with a chicken breast and broccoli, that would be perfect!

Here is a grocery list that I would recommend for people with diabetes:

1. Fruit

-Any kind of fresh fruit
-Frozen fruit
-Limit juice
-Canned fruit- look for fruit in water, not corn syrup

2. Vegetables

-Any kind of vegetables are fine
-Potatoes have more carbohydrates, these are good in moderation

3. Grains

-Whole-grain brown rice
-Whole-wheat pasta
-Whole-grain bread
-Whole-wheat or corn tortillas
-Whole-grain crackers
-Whole-grain cereals

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt

4. Dairy

-Look for Greek yogurt with lower amounts of sugar
-Milk- any kind
-Cheese- any kind
-Cottage cheese

5. Protein

-Lean cuts of meat
-Nuts/seeds/nut butters
-Beans- look for low-sodium varieties

SexyPop Popcorn

6. Pantry items

-Olive oil
-Spices- garlic, onion powder, cinnamon, etc.
-Glucerna® Hunger Smart™ Shakes

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Consult a registered dietitian or your physician for specific recommendations that are tailored to your personal nutritional needs. If you need to carefully count carbohydrates, you may especially want to meet with a dietitian to find out how many carbohydrates are recommended for you each meal.

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