When you're looking around online at all the delicious food pictures and recipes, you can find that many of them have too many carbs (some up to 60 grams per serve – wowza!!). Or, you might find that many recipes don't provide nutrition facts at all, so you have no clue how many carbs they contain.
Yes, when you're trying to manage blood sugar levels, finding recipes that are truly diabetic friendly can be problematic.
But the good news is… not anymore.
Diabetes Meal Plans is on the verge of introducing a weekly diabetes meal planning service – hooray!
You can relax and let us do all your meal planning so you can enjoy life more while regulating blood sugar and A1c at the same time.
Now, just to be clear, our new weekly meal planning service will be available on December 28, ready for the first day of January 2018 (which is only 4 weeks away). But if you want to join us as a member on a super sweet deal, you can sign up now and save yourself $21 off an annual membership.
We rarely offer discounts so don't miss out on the opportunity to save big – sign up for a VIP annual membership now.
Keep reading to learn more about what our diabetes meal planning service offers.
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Amazingly Delicious Healthy Diabetic Friendly Meals (Preview)
Check out the first two weeks of meals by watching the following two short videos.
Menu Wk 1-1-18
Menu Wk 1-8-18
We have both original and vegetarian meal plans. The vegetarian plans are similar meals using suitable vegetarian foods.
Smart Meal Planner to Swap and Change Meals
You don't just get weekly meal plans, you also get access to our “smart meal planner” that helps you make adjustments to your meal plans and manage you carbs and calories more effectively.
Watch this short video to preview some of the things our “smart meal planner” can do.
Each week when you receive your weekly meal plan, just click one button to “Save to Meal Planner.”
This adds the plan to the smart meal planner where you can make any changes you like.
- Swap and change meals as you please – you can select meals from your recipe database or favs (see below details).
- The smart meal planner recalculates nutrition facts automatically as you make changes.
- Easily change the number of servings for each recipe or meal.
Nutrition Facts for Every Meal Plan & Recipe
All the meal plans have nutrition facts for:
- Total carbs
Every single meal/ recipe contains standard nutrition facts food labels, with all the nutrition facts you need to regulate blood sugar and A1c and meet your health goals.
Here's an example:
If you want to swap and change meals in your plan, you can easily do so. Our “smart meal planner” will recalculate your nutrition facts automatically, so you can always plan ahead and know what's what.
4 Days of Lunches & Dinners, with Breakfast Selection
The weekly meal planning service provides you with 4 lunches and 4 dinners planned each week.
And something important to note is, we don't just gather generic recipes from around the web. We develop each and every meal in our menus.
You'll also have access to our breakfast recipe selection (40+ recipes, which we will continue adding to), so you can add your own breakfast options to the plans if you desire.
Simply select a breakfast and click “Add to Meal Planner”- your daily nutrition facts will recalculate automatically.
Why only 4 days planned?
It's tough to follow an entire meal plan for the whole week, and most people don't. We've found that 4 days works well. With 4 days (plus leftovers most weeks), you should find it more than adequately meets your weekly dietary needs.
You can choose to follow the entire meal plan, or make just one or two meals. Either way, you'll keep inspired and motivated!
When you save the weekly meal plan to our “smart meal planner,” you can swap and change meals and add meals from the breakfast selection to your plans. All your nutrition data and shopping list calculates automatically with any changes you make.
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Build Your Database of Recipes
When you Sign up for a Meal Plans Membership, the recipe database works differently, depending on the membership you choose.
When you join as a VIP Member, you'll have instant access to ALL our recipes (500+ and growing), which means you have more options for swapping and changing your plans to suit your preferences.
If you join on a monthly subscription, you build your database of recipes the longer you're a member. Each week as the meal plans become available, you'll have brand new recipes added to your database. You can then swap and change these in your meal plans as desired.
The recipe database also offers advanced recipe filtering, to help you find recipes suited to your preferences.
You can search the database by:
- Total carb count
- Net carb count
- 10 min or less
- 15 min meal
- 20 min meal
- Egg free
- Dairy free
- Dairy optional
- Nut free
- Peanut free
- Nightshade free
- Nightshade optional
NOTE: If you have allergies, it is recommended you choose the VIP Membership option, as each weeks plan may only offer limited options. With the VIP membership you instantly have a larger recipe database to choose from, which will enhance your options in terms of dietary preferences.
Gather Your Favorites Collection
As you try meals, add them to your favorites collection with the click of a button. Then, using our smart meal planner, you can swap and change meals and add your favs to your plans in future weeks.
Smart Shopping List
Once you're satisfied with your meal plan, it's just 1-click to get a shopping list. You can even add additional items to your list, then access the list from the DMP app (available soon), or email it to yourself, open it on your smart phone, and tick off your grocery selections as you're on-the-go.
We have 2 types of smart shopping lists available.
Meal Planner Shopping List: This list is attached to the meal plans and will rebuild itself automatically as you make alterations or additions to your meal plan.
Regular Shopping List: If you only want to cook one or two meals, or cook your favorites, add them to a shopping list with 1-click so you can access the grocery list.
FAQs About Our Diabetic Meal Planning Service
Do the plans use crossover ingredients?
Yes. We want to minimize your cost and reduce food waste, so each weekly plan is designed to use up ingredients where possible.
Does DMP develop and cook all the meals?
We do not gather meals from around the web, like many meal planning services do. We develop every single meal in our menus. We cook every meal, photograph them, and design them keeping you in mind the entire time – this meal planning service is designed specifically for people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.
A lot of thought goes into the meal plans so they are easy to make, have crossover ingredients, and most importantly, taste good!
What types diabetes diet do the plans follow?
Overall, we generally stick to this recommended food list.
You'll see that it's mainly real foods, whole natural foods, because that's what makes up a healthy eating plan.
Our plans are based on lean protein sources (chicken, turkey, beef, salmon, fish, seafood, etc), non starchy vegetables and healthy fats like olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocado. Plus the inclusion of dairy products like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, cheese, and cream sometimes.
Our plans are high in dietary fiber and therefore are low glycemic index. Basically, they are healthy food plans, designed to help you live a healthier and happier life!
We try to use ingredients that are readily available. However, just note that you will need to stock your pantry with a few unusual items in the beginning. For instance, liquid stevia extract or another suitable sugar substitute. Or low carb flours such as almond flour or ground flaxseed meal.
We don't encourage foods such as bread (even grain bread or whole gran bread varieties), because research shows they don't help with blood sugar and A1 control. You can add these items to your own menus if you want to, and we also have low carb bread options available, for VIP Members.
We don't encourage other starchy vegetables and foods (potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, rice etc), dried fruits, sugar, fresh fruits that are high in carbs like apple and banana. And we don't encourage using processed foods full of ‘added' sugars.
But again, we do have plenty of low carb alternative options you will discover by being a meal plans member.
What type of diet do the plans follow?
We encourage a low carb Meditterranean-type diet plan.
A diet high in plant foods such as non starchy vegetables, high dietary fiber, healthy fats, lean protein and dairy products.
Our plans align with current research and also meet the American Diabetes Association guidelines, along with other diabetes organizations worldwide.
How many servings are the plans designed for?
The serving size is for a 2-person plan. But if you add the meal plans to the “smart” meal planner, you can easily change the number of servings.
Portion sizes are generous and can often be stretched.
Will I lose weight with these plans?
Weight loss is a possibility. Many of our current members have managed to lose weight, some of them quite a lot of weight in a small time, and so could you.
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Our new diabetic meal planning service will cater for vegetarians.
Each week we will offer both an original plan and a vegetarian plan. So even if you are not vegetarian, you might choose to eat a couple of vegetarian meals occasionally. You will have access to both meal plans each week, giving you more food choice in your plans.
How many grams of carbohydrates do your meal plans contain?
Since we plan only lunches and dinners, your plans could vary, dependent on what breakfasts and snacks you include.
In general we encourage a low carb diet of around 50-80 grams of total carbs per day.
If you want to eat more or less carbs, you can swap and change meals from the recipe database. You can even filter recipes in the database by total carbs and net carbs.
Are your meals easy to make?
Yes, you definitely don't need a chef's hat to cook our meals. 😉
Our goal is to make diabetic low carb eating as easy as possible for you. Many of our meals are made in just 15 to 20 minutes. Others take 5 minutes prep, then bake or slow cook.
Wherever possible, we take as many shortcuts as we can to save time.
Sign Up for an Annual Subscription (and Save)
Our new weekly meal planning service will kick off on December 28, ready for the first day of January 2018 (which is only 4 weeks away).
But if you want to join us as a member now, you can save yourself $21 off an annual membership.
Yep, it's a super sweet deal, so don't miss out on the opportunity to save!
We will be offering monthly subscriptions starting in the new year as well.