A diabetic person should shop with a grocery list for a nutrient dense diet of unprocessed, whole foods. All foods can be included in your diet when carefully planned.
Produce Section - Choose unlimited non-starchy vegetables like leafy greens, herbs, cabbage, celery, mushrooms and peppers to provide most of the bulk of your meals and snacks. Avocados with healthy fats and lower carbohydrate content are good salad and sandwich fillers. Then include higher carbohydrate content foods with lots of vitamins and fiber such as starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes, and fruits such as blackberries, and grapefruit to eat in planned moderate portion sizes to control blood glucose.
Dried Food Section - Pick up some dried beans high in fiber, and protein with some carbohydrate for meatless meals. Add to shopping cart low carbohydrate, nuts and nut butters that have healthy fats for snacks that provide fullness.
Condiments - Choose mustard and vinegars as condiments for flavor without added sugar.
Baking Needs Aisle - Pick up sweeteners without calories or carbohydrates such as Stevia. Agave nectar has a lower glycemic load to substitute for sugar. Pick up whole wheat and whole grain flours, canola and olive oil for baking and sautéing.
Cereal and Snack Food Aisle - Pick up whole grain foods such as steel cut oats, and air popped popcorn. Remember that convenient pre-packaged foods in small individual serving sizes can help you to control portion size.
Beverages - Choose unsweetened coffee, tea, and seltzer water to add with fresh fruit for infused flavor.
Dairy Cooler - Include plain low fat yogurt, low fat milk and reduced fat cheese to provide vitamins, minerals, and protein with carbohydrate content to account for in your meal planning.
Meat and Seafood Counter - Choose high protein foods with no carbohydrate content including skinless chicken, then salmon, and shrimp high in beneficial omega 3 fatty acids for heart health.
Frozen Food Section - Ezekiel brand bread high in fiber and low in glycemic load, frozen vegetables and fruits for convenience.
More Answers from Laura Motosko, MSEd, RD