The Diabetic's Grocery List

When you're diabetic, your good health choices begin at the grocery store. Stocking up on the right foods can make or break your attempts to manage your diabetes. Here's an example of what your list should look like.

Produce Section

First stop in the store should be the produce department. Pick up some fresh vegetables with low glycemic indexes, like leafy greens, broccoli and artichokes.

Choose some fresh fruit for snacks as well. Watermelon, strawberries, citrus and peaches are all good options.

If you prefer, you can do your produce shopping in the frozen section-- just make sure to avoid products with starchy, fatty sauces and added sugar.

Dairy Case

Next, move over to the dairy case to stock up on low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk. A carton of eggs are also a must. Dairy is packed with protein, calcium and vitamin D.

The Dry Food Isles

Here, you might be tempted by a lot of convenience foods, like canned spaghetti and sugary cereals. Avoid them! Instead, opt for high fiber items like oatmeal and whole grain bread. Grab some peanut butter-- great for a punch of protein. Some fruit spreads with no sugar added will go nicely with it.
Low-fat dressings and plenty of spices will help you season your food to add variety.

The Meat Case

Don't leave the store without some lean proteins-- turkey, chicken, fish, pork loin and even lean beef will all help keep you sated and prevent blood sugar spikes.

Smart shopping can result in smart diabetes management.

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