What healthy foods might I include on my grocery list if I have diabetes?

Using the list below as a guide on your next trip to the grocery store:

  • Fruit (variety of colors)
  • Vegetables (variety of colors)
  • Low fat milk
  • Non-fat or low-fat yogurt
  • Eggs or egg substitute
  • Low-fat cottage cheese
  • Reduced-fat cheese
  • Lean low-sodium sandwich meats (turkey, ham, roast beef)
  • Bacon substitute
  • Trans-free margarine or margarine with plant sterols or stanols
  • Frozen fruit
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Fish fillets or shellfish
  • Frozen chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • Frozen meals (lower-sodium, lean options only)
Spice cabinet:
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Pepper
  • Spices - your favorites
  • Salt-free dried herb or spice blends
  • Salt substitute
  • Cooking sprays
  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit (canned in juice)
  • Canned beans (low-sodium if available)
  • Fat-free refried beans
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Instant oatmeal or quick oats
  • Whole grain cereal
  • Pasta (try whole wheat)
  • Brown rice Dried fruit
  • 100% whole wheat bread
  • 100% whole wheat pita bread
  • Nuts
  • Peanut butter
  • Seeds (sunflower, flax)
  • Popcorn (light, microwave)
  • Potatoes (white, sweet)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Soup (low-sodium versions)
  • Whole wheat crackers
  • Whole wheat flour

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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