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Quick GuideDiabetes Diet: Healthy Meal Plans for Diabetes-Friendly Eating

Diabetes Diet: Healthy Meal Plans for Diabetes-Friendly Eating


Fruit gives you energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Examples of fruit include:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Mango
  • Fruit juice
  • Raisins
  • Guava
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges
  • Papaya
  • Dried fruit
  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Dried fruit
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Canned fruit

How much is a serving of fruit?

Example of 1 Serving of Fruit
Example of 2 Servings of Fruit

If you have more than one serving at a meal, you can choose different types of fruit or have two servings of one fruit.

Print out this chart. Then fill in the blanks with how many servings of fruit to have at meals and snacks.

1. How many servings of fruit do you now eat each day?
I eat _____ fruit servings each day.

2. Go back to "How much should I eat each day" to check how many servings of fruit to have each day.

I will eat _____ fruit servings each day.

3. I will eat this many servings of fruit at

Breakfast______Snack ______
Lunch______Snack ______
Dinner______Snack ______

A diabetes teacher can help you with your meal plan.

What are healthy ways to eat fruit?

  • Eat fruits raw or cooked, as juice with no sugar added, canned in their own juice, or dried.
  • Buy smaller pieces of fruit.
  • Eat pieces of fruit rather than drinking fruit juice. Whole fruit is more filling and has more fiber.
  • Save high-sugar and high-fat fruit desserts such as peach cobbler or cherry pie for special occasions.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/23/2016
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