Lunchtime With Type 2 Diabetes

man eating a salmon salad for lunch( — If breakfast is the most neglected meal of the day, lunch can often be the most hurried. Fast-food restaurants and food courts often win out over more healthy options because we lead such hectic lives. But they don’t have to be your only option — and, in fact, they shouldn’t be your first choice if you have type 2 diabetes.

In general, try to pack your own lunch whenever possible — the health benefits can be enormous. Short on prep time? Put these quick and nutritious lunch ideas on your diabetes menu to fill you up and keep your blood sugar in check.

1. Salads

Salad should be a part of your lunch menu if you have diabetes. You can create a different salad every day of the week by varying your toppings. Try grilled chicken, shrimp, or fish, but avoid heaping on a lot of fattening ingredients, such as bacon bits and heavy cheeses.

Salads with lots of raw vegetables are best, including carrots, cucumbers, radishes, celery, and spinach. Sprinkle nuts or seeds on top, add a few dried cranberries, and garnish with some avocado chunks to give it zip. Always choose low-fat or fat-free salad dressings or, for a change, flavored vinegars.