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I often get requests for a plant-based diabetic meal plan. I love this because you don’t have to avoid fruits and vegetables when you struggle with blood sugar levels— there are ways to eat balanced meals that are packed with healthy nutrients, whole foods and taste amazing.

Before you jump into the free meal plan, make sure to speak with your certified practitioner to make sure a diet change like this is right for you (and modify it to fit your needs). If you want to add more protein in the form of eggs, protein powder, chicken or fish then go for it.

Simple Green Smoothies team member Erin was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her pregnancy and was able to thrive using this meal plan as a template. I can’t wait for you to try it, too.

Table of Contents
  1. Free Diabetic Meal Plan
  2. Low-Sugar Breakfasts for Diabetics
  3. Protein-Packed Snacks for Diabetics
  4. Low-Carb Dinners for Diabetics
  5. Diabetic Meal Plan FAQs
  6. Meal Planning Made Easy
  7. More Free Meal Plans to Try
large white text box that reads: 7-Day Healthy Diabetic Meal Plan in black letters overtop a photo of 2 purple smoothies in glasses.

Unlike with my seasonal plans like the Fall meal plan and the Spring meal plan, this plan doesn’t focus on just one season. Instead, it focuses on low-sugar, high fiber + high protein ingredients. You should still be able to easily find everything at your local grocery store!

Free Diabetic Meal Plan

People living with diabetes have a hard time finding balanced, whole-food meals that work for them. I totally get it!

I structured this meal plan to include a variety of produce, both fruits and vegetables, and my top diabetic-friendly smoothies that are low in sugar (for real!) and are designed to give you protein, healthy fat and carbs in a balanced way that won’t cause a sugar spike or crash after consuming.

I also took the guesswork out of planning your next seven days of breakfasts, snacks and dinners by providing a meal plan, recipes and a shopping list. All you have to do is order or shop for the ingredients you need, then get ready for a week of nourishing, helpful meals.

Download the free 7-Day Diabetic Meal Plan.

low sugar smoothie recipe of an green alkaline smoothie in glass jar.

Low-Sugar Breakfasts for Diabetics

The following smoothies made the cut for this diabetic meal plan because they are loaded with fiber, contain healthy fat and protein, and are each lower in natural sugar. Feel free to add a plant-based protein powder to up the protein, healthy fat and fiber to help your body process the carbs from fruits and leafy greens.

I’ve also been sipping on this Cherry Vanilla Diabetes Smoothie and loving how sweet it is without causing me a sugar crash!

Protein-Packed Snacks for Diabetics

snack recipe of a homemade hummus surrounded by fresh veggies.

Snacks can be a lifeline when trying to keep your blood sugars in check. Keep snacks on hand that work for you! These three snacks are repeated throughout the week for a delicious little break mid-morning or afternoon, as well as full of healthy fats and protein that will give you sustainable energy.

The snacks in the 7-Day Diabetic Meal Plan PDF are laid out in a way that you can make them once and then enjoy them throughout the week.

Low-Carb Dinners for Diabetics

a bowl of yellow lentils topped with avocado and cilantro.

The dinners in this diabetic meal plan were especially fun to select. I have nothing against meat, and you can add it to any meal you want to. These incredible meals are 100% plant-powered and still full of protein. Plus, they taste good. I included each of these meals in the 7-Day Diabetic Meal Plan PDF to give you seven great, filling dinners to nourish your body.

Pro Tip: I started reading a book called the Glucose Revolution: The Life-Changing Power of Balancing Your Blood Sugar, by Jessie Inchauspe. In it, she gives incredibly easy “hacks” or ways to help keep your blood sugar stable throughout the day.

Diabetic Meal Plan FAQs

What is an ideal meal for a diabetic?

Balance is key! Make sure your meals have a balance between carbs, protein and healthy fat. Too much in one category will keep the other two categories from being able to do their jobs properly inside the body. Fiber is also super important to cut down on any natural fruit and vegetable sugars you are consuming.

What foods are unlimited for diabetics?

While I don’t believe in ‘unlimited’ foods for anyone, dark green vegetables like leafy greens, cucumber, broccoli and more are great additions to a variety of meals. Don’t underestimate the power of plants paired with healthy fats like avocado, olive oil and coconut oil. Loading up on vegetables of many kinds before eating protein or carbs has been shown to reduce sugar spikes and keep levels consistent.

What foods should diabetics limit?

It’s pretty common knowledge that outside a sugar crash, loading up on sugar, doesn’t work out great. Even fruit sugar is hard to process, especially when it’s by itself. During a meal, start with vegetables before working on protein then save carbs for last when possible to keep your glucose levels as even as possible with no major dips or spikes.

Meal Planning Made Easy

gluten free pizza sliced and topped with fennel and arugula on a parchment paper.

Meal planning is hard normally but it can be downright difficult when you have to add in dietary restrictions. I created Rawk the Year: Meal Planner to provide relief for people wanting to make healthy homemade meals without stress. It’s a meal planner that creates a plan for you each week and you can customize it to be exactly what you need.

If you need balanced recipes, then you can use the Macro Breakdown I include at the bottom of each recipe. This way you know the recipes you choose will fuel you and not slow you down.

More Free Meal Plans to Try

Not convinced quite yet? That’s okay! Check out these other free meal plans I’ve created to learn more about incorporating more veggies into your meals as well as how easy it is to create deliciously filling meals with plants.

I can’t wait for you to give this diabetic meal plan a try, then leave a comment letting me know what you think. Did you add or remove anything? How did you make the plan work for you? I want to know!

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  1. This is so great and perfect timing! With gestational diabetes I have a hard time coming up with meals, so this will make life a whole lot easier this week. I’ve actually been making the chia pudding on repeat already but didn’t even think about the hummus so that will be a great addition.

    1. Hi Erin! So glad you are finding our Diabetic Meal Plan useful, but I hate that it’s due to GD! Let me know how you like the rest of the meals

  2. I’m not diabetic and haven’t tried this particular meal plan. I just wanted to say how great Jen and her team are! It’s so kind of you to offer a variety of free meal plan samplings for people to get a “taste” of your recipes. I’m really impressed with your business/brand, blogs, recipes, aesthetic, photos, cleanses, meal planner, customer service, etc. Thanks for sharing your passion with the world!

    1. Hi Grace! Thanks so much for the kind feedback, the whole team really appreciates it I know that everyone here at Simple Green Smoothies loves to share our passion with the world, and hope it helps people decide to join us on this plant based journey!