Here is a healthy plate for persons with diabetes. It helps them put the right proportions and portions of foods on their plates without having to measure and worry. PLUS the appearance is very artistic and modern which makes them feel good about using it.
The directions are easy:
Fill half the plate with non-starchy vegetables; place grains or starchy vegetables on one quarter of the plate; and fille one quarter of the plate with lean protein.
This plate is 10" in diameter just like most dinner plates.
It can go in the dishwasher.
The Diabetes Healthy Plate travels well and graces any table. It looks beautiful and feels like a best friend. Illustrations and typography are inspired from top designers in the US. The colors are intuitive, matching the USDA MyPlate schema plus they go with almost any decor.
Gentle reminders for drinking skim milk or water, eating fruit for desserts, and being active help the individual with all of the essential information about diet and exercise to improve their lives. See the article by our diabetes editor below.
Available as a single plate or in packs of 10 or 50.
SIZE: 10" outside diameter. This is a little smaller than a standard sized 10" dinner plate.
- As pictured above, with our delicious meal photo, this NESPLATED Healthy Diabetes Plastic Plate does hold real portion sizes for adults or kids:
- The healthy diabetes plate makes portion control lessons easy.
- The inner lines are white and are not physical separators.
- These plates are stackable.
- Made 100% melamine - safe for food use and break resistant.
- The plastic plate is light and durable. It is a little thinner than bone china. They are easy to carry to demos and wellness fairs.
- They are dishwasher safe, too!
Do not use the plates in the microwave or on top of the stove.
Do not cut with a sharp metal knife.
Instructions are on the bottom of the plate to explain that they can be used in the dishwasher but not the microwave.
- Use: diabetes or prediabetes
- Great for demos, patients, counseling, giveaways, health fair prizes, or anywhere you want people to take your message home and practice it at every meal
See Jill's tips below. Jill helped us with the concept of this plate and she provided tips for using it.
Using the Diabetes Healthy Plate: A Simple Tool for Diabetes Meal Planning
By Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND
Diabetes Meal Planning Basics
Whatever meal planning approach you choose, the basic principles are the same. Your meals should be tasty and nourishing. They should offer a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fats and a variety of food groups. Your overall diet should help you achieve your individualized blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and weight goals.
How the Plate Method Works
By using the Healthy Diabetes Plate, you have built in portion control! No calorie counting and no food scales. And by choosing wholesome foods for each of the designated sections, you’ll create a health-boosting meal with appropriate amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein. Though the plate method is suitable for most people, it’s smart to check in with your healthcare provider, registered dietitian nutritionist or certified diabetes educator for personalized advice. If the plate method is right for you, follow these 7 steps to build a diabetes-friendly meal.
Try out the plate method of diabetes meal planning. It takes the medal for simplicity.
- Mark one-half of your plate for non-starchy vegetables.
- Divide the other half of the plate into two equal parts. Mark one section for protein-rich foods and one section for starchy foods.
- Select your protein-rich foods. Your choices are nearly limitless and include fish, shellfish, beef, pork, lamb, poultry, cottage cheese, eggs, tofu, black beans and lentils. For the sake of your heart, make lean choices most often. For example, skip the sausage and hot dogs, trim the fat from beef and discard poultry skin. Don’t worry that tofu, beans and lentils have carbohydrate in them. They are loaded with fiber and other health-shielding nutrients and can play an important role in a diabetes meal plan. If necessary, you can trim the portion of your starchy food in the next section.
- Place a starchy vegetable or a grain in the other small section. Some choices include white, red, purple and sweet potatoes, lima beans, corn, grits, pasta, wheat berries, farro, quinoa, rice and barley. It’s smart to opt for whole grains over refined grains most of the time.
- Fill half your plate with nonstarchy vegetables. Choose one, two or as many vegetables as you’d like. Eat salads or cooked vegetables or both. A few options include broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, eggplant, fennel, kale, lettuce, radish, spinach, tomatoes and zucchini. These foods are so low in calories and carbohydrates that you can double your serving if you’re still hungry.
- Round out your meal with a glass of lowfat milk or a piece of fruit or both, depending on your individualized carbohydrate allowances and blood sugar goals.