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 Diabetes has touched our lives in so many ways. The first diabetic I ever met was my childhood best friends mother, and my entire childhood I grew up aware of it. I knew it wasn’t a good thing but as I got older, I came to realize with proper management and treatment, diabetics can live a normal, healthy life.
Now my life is touched in so many ways by diabetes. I have several immediate family members that are afflicted.
One of the most common complants I hear is about how hungry they feel all the time. So I set out to do some serious research and with the help of my husbands doctor and lots of trial and error in the kitchen, here are some sample meal ideas to help you manage your hunger.
Sample Meal Ideas
Breakfast ideas for managing hunger
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Breakfast burritos – Eggs, black beans, onions, green peppers and spinach, scrambled eggs, all wrapped up in a whole wheat tortilla and are served with salsa. This helps manage hunger, can be wrapped in foil and eaten on the run, if need be.
Lunch ideas for managing hunger
Salads – Leafy green and vegetables, toss in some olive oil. Add some nuts, avacado and boneless skinless chicken breasts. You can eat a LOT of salad for not a lot of calories, and adding a little fiber and protein can help keep you fuller longer.
Yogurt Parfaits – Whip up a yogurt parfait with non-fat plain Greek yogurt. Add peaches, pineapple and some nuts and you have an easy lunch.
Veggies and Balsalmic – A really delicious lunch can be tossing some vegetables in balsalmic vinegar or lite salad dressing. My favorite combo is broccoli and cauliflower. Add some quinoa for added bulk and you’ve got a nice little lunch. It’s a very filling, bulky vegetable and grain combination, with few calories but plenty of fiber.
Dinner ideas for managing hunger
The key to a good dinner is to keep the standard healthy plate concept in mind. When stocking your pantry or refrigerator, remember that a healthy plate contains, ½ non-starchy vegetables, ¼ lean protein, ¼ whole grains or starchy foods, and some fruit and/or dairy on the side. Eating this way can help manage hunger longer.
An example: Saute some non-starchy vegetables in olive oil, toss in some shrimp and season with some herbs. Serve over a bed of whole grain rice or quinoa with a hanful of berries as dessert or just a side.
Another example: Grab a whole grain tortilla and fill it with grilled chicken breast, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce and more for a delicious dinner burrito.
Smart items to have on hand
These are some items that you should keep on hand. You can create quite a few different kinds of meals if you have these on hand.
- Balsalmic Vinegar (great drizzled over fresh salad with vegetables, grilled or steamed veggies)
- Carb reduced Tortillas (you can wrap anything in them)
- Spices and Dried Herbs
- Minced Garlic
- Olive Oil
What’s your favorite way to manage hunger?