Some people who manage diabetes every day count carbohydrates. If you are not sure if you have to count carbohydrates, speak with your local dietitian (RD or RDN) or certified diabetes educator (CDE) to find out what meal plan works best for you and what foods will work best with your medications. If you do need to count carbs, these quick tips will help guide you - especially when you eat out.
If you don't have a measuring cup or spoon handy, use your hands! Keep these simple tricks in mind:
Below are some common foods you might eat every day, along with the usual serving size and the number of carbohydrate grams to expect. Read this article for even more examples.
It can be hard to know how much of different types of foods are in mixed dishes such as casseroles. To guess how many carbohydrates are in a mixed dish, try to break it down by its ingredients. When you look at your plate, do you see mostly meat, nonstarchy vegetables, or starches (such as pasta, rice, or potatoes)? Once you guess how much of each type of food is in the dish, think about how many carbohydrates are in the portion size. And don't forget – all casseroles go great with a side of nonstarchy vegetables!
During the holidays, you might need to choose between several different desserts at a dinner or party. Below are some common holiday desserts with their carbohydrate counts:
Whenever you can, try to eat healthier sweets that have ingredients such as fresh fruit, low-fat dairy, or whole grains. For example:
Remember, with a little planning, you can have a small serving of your favorite dessert during the holiday season and still manage your diabetes!
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