Chow Time

Where do we start when we’re chubby and prediabetic?

There is no one right answer, but for today, let’s start with introducing meal choices that are tasty and not loaded with lots of carbs.

Changing our diet to be less carb-heavy is critical, but we also want to count our calories. Losing weight and reducing carbs will help us get out of prediabetes land.

Remember, we’re prediabetic, but we’re all different. Your healthcare provider or nutritionist will work with you to figure out a reasonable daily calorie and carb count that’s appropriate for you.

Can’t say this enough: check with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your diet.

Breakfast

Breakfast Cookies

These cookies are full of eggs, almond flour, sausage, and other goodies. You bake them up and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. Grab-and-go food is perfect for work mornings.

Cottage Cheese Bowls

The protein in cottage cheese helps fill you up. Toss in some berries and nuts, bacon and avocado, tomatoes and basil, or other bits to boost the flavor and nutrition.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich

This is higher in calories and takes some prep, but good for a weekend morning.

Cinnamon Cereal

This takes some time to prepare, but you can make a big batch.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Scones

Another breakfast that’s not a super low calorie choice. Bake and freeze, pulling one out occasionally for a low carb breakfast option.

Lunch

Peachy Pork Lettuce Wraps

Easy lunch for home or work. You’ll need to use your carb app to find out the number of carbs and calories.

Shawarma Chicken Bowls

Put in a little prep time and you’re going to have a filling and tasty lunch with plenty of protein and veg.

Stuffed Avocados

You’ll need your carb app again to get the nutritional values, but this is a simple throw-it-together lunch option. Easy to adjust to your personal taste unless you don’t like avocados, in which case this is a nonstarter.

BLT Chicken Salad

The name says it all. Plus, it’s low carb and low calorie.

Eggplant Rollatini

Sliced eggplant with cheese and spinach, plus a few other ingredients – perfect. This recipe makes plenty of leftovers, too.

Dinner

Stuffed Chicken Breasts

A simple recipe that allows for swapping out vegetables for whatever you like. Easy to fix, and low carb/calorie.

Garlic Shrimp

Add a side salad and you’re good for dinner. Yummy dish with a great cream sauce.

Jambalaya

We would cut back on the amount of rice in the dish. And use your carb app to get an accurate idea of the carb and calorie count. Nice dish for the weekend.

Philly Cheese Steak Zucchini Boats

The name says it all. You’ll have to get out the carb app again, but the list of ingredients looks low carb and low calorie.

Spaghetti Squash Lasagna

We couldn’t leave out spaghetti squash. The trick is to make sure it’s dry enough when it’s cooked, or you’ll have soggy food. Once you can do that, you will go back to this squash over and over.

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