Sample Diabetes-Friendly 2000-Calorie Meal Plan

Pancakes with strawberries.
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Try out this sample meal plan if your diabetic treatment plan includes a prescription for a 2000-calorie diet.

You'll be able to indulge in (low-carb) pancakes, tuna and walnut salad, and Thai curry chicken, for example.

This sample plan provides a total of 2000 calories — 50% from carbohydrate and 30% from fat. Although this is the maximum amount of fat recommended for a diabetic meal plan, the fat sources are high in "good," unsaturated fats. Read more about diabetic meal planning.


  • Low-carb pancakes recipe
  • 1 tablespoon light syrup
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • Coffee with 2 tablespoons fat-free half-and-half


  • 1 serving  tuna and walnut salad recipe
  • 1 cup raw salad greens
  • 4 whole-wheat crackers
  • 1 apple
  • 1/2 cup sugar-free pudding
  • 5 vanilla wafers
  • 8 to 10 ounces water or sugar-free beverage


  • 1 serving Thai curry chicken recipe
  • Add 1/2 sweet potato, thinly sliced, to the curry (let it cook with the other ingredients)
  • 1/3 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup cooked zucchini
  • 1 100%-fruit frozen fruit bar
  • 8 to 10 ounces water or sugar-free beverage


  • 6 ounces fat-free yogurt
  • 1/4 cup fat-free granola
  • 1 ounce low-sodium turkey lunch meat
  • 15 baked snack chips
  • 8 to 10 ounces water or sugar-free beverage

When you have diabetes, your medical team will recommend a diet as part of your treatment plan. Your weight, height, age, activity level, other metabolic stressors, and weight loss needs will be taken into consideration when calculating your total daily calorie needs.

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