Meal ideas for diabetes

These meal ideas offer some suggestions for meals that could help control your glucose levels, but you will need to use trial and error to find out what works best for you.


1. Unsweetened porridge (large, or ‘jumbo’ oats are best) or muesli with no added sugar. Avoid sweetened breakfast cereals

2. Grilled lean bacon with one slice of wholemeal, multigrain or granary toast

3. One crumpet with peanut butter

4. Boiled eggs and wholemeal, multigrain or granary toast

5. Plain yoghurt and fruit (berries are lower in natural sugar)


1. Beans on toast (try wholemeal, granary or rye)

2. Three bean salad

3. Lentil and bacon soup

4. Baked potato (try using a sweet potato) and baked beans

5. Tuna nicoise salad

6. Grainy bread, such as granary or rye

Evening meal

1. Wholemeal pasta with a vegetable or chicken sauce

2. Beef stew with sweet potato

3. Poached chicken with brown or basmati rice

4. Grilled fish with butter beans or other pulses


1. Fruit such as apples, oranges, pears, peaches, bananas

2. Popcorn (plain)

3. Hummus and carrot sticks or other crudités

4. Diet, light or healthy eating yoghurt

5. Oatcakes with unsweetened peanut butter

"I remember eating lots of steamed fish. It was quite boring, but when you've got someone else to think about, you obviously are more careful."Kate, mum of one

Eat little and often

The other thing you can do to keep your blood glucose levels fairly constant is to eat little and often. Start with a good breakfast and top up through the day with regular meals, with or without snacks. If you treat your diabetes with insulin or glibenclamide, it helpful to always carry healthy snacks with you, such some pieces of fruit, so you can have this if you suspect your blood glucose levels are dropping. Having a healthy snack means you can avoid becoming too hungry or having to rely on convenience food.

You can also regulate your blood glucose levels by keeping your portion size down.

Trial and error

Remember that everyone is different and what works for some women might not work for you. Some women find that porridge, fruit or other foods, even though they are generally recommended, do not work for them as they increase their blood glucose levels. If you find it hard to control your blood glucose levels, try not to get frustrated. Over time, you will learn what works for you.

"If I had bread it would be a really good quality bread, and just one slice. Then fish and vegetables and a lot of cheese. And oatcakes! Oatcakes were the things that saved me!"Michelle, mum of two

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Last reviewed on March 1st, 2015. Next review date March 1st, 2018.

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  • By Deirdre@Tommy's on 16 Jun 2016 - 13:21

    Thanks for your feedback. We've reviewed this and agreed that it is an inappropriate suggestion given that we recommend avoiding unsweetened breakfast cereals on number 1.

  • By Anonymous (not verified) on 14 Jun 2016 - 19:38

    Really? Have you seen how much sugar is in bran Flakes?

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