1,200-Calorie Diabetic Diet


Any diet for a diabetic patient needs to be low in fat, high in fiber and moderate in protein. A 1,200-calorie diet does this to perfection for a middle-sized diabetic. You have to take care to see that the food is eaten on time and with medication, if required, to control the blood sugar level.


For breakfast you can have one piece of toasted bread or any starch product like 6 ounces of bran flakes. Have this with one cup of skim milk, one fruit like a medium-sized banana, and a protein element like a poached or scrambled egg or quarter-cup of cottage cheese. This combination can be substituted with half a cup of oatmeal with 8 ounces of milk and a banana or half a cup of apple juice. You could also try replacing this menu with one 4.5-inch waffle with two tablespoons of light syrup and one teaspoon of margarine; one cup of yogurt; coffee or tea; and three-quarters of a cup of blackberries.


Make half a sandwich with two ounces of tuna or chicken, two teaspoons of low-fat mayonnaise, half a cup of chopped celery, two slices of tomato, a lettuce leaf and a slice of bread. Have an orange and a diet soda to wash it down. You could also replace this menu with a cup of tomato soup, half a cup of peaches, three teaspoons of margarine and 2 ounces of low-fat cheese on two slices of light bread, served with mineral water. You could also have the combination of bread with 2 ounces of turkey, two teaspoons of mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato, with an apple and diet soda. Another alternative combination would be half a cup of chili with beans, six saltine crackers, half a cup of broccoli with one tablespoon of dip, an apple and diet soda.


For dinner have a couple of ounces of protein like lean chicken, half a cup of pasta with one teaspoon of margarine, one cup of steamed broccoli, and some watermelon, and wash it down with a cup of skimmed milk. This combination can be replaced with a 6-inch tortilla, half a cup each of black beans and onions or pepper, a quarter cup of salsa, 2 ounces of low-fat cheese, half a cup of fruit cocktail and 8 ounces of skimmed milk. Another menu option would be 3 ounces of sirloin steak, a baked potato with one teaspoon of margarine and two tablespoons of sour cream, a cup of green beans, one dinner roll, half a cup of applesauce and 8 ounces of skim milk; or a 4-ounce hamburger with a bun, two lettuce leaves and tomato slices, one tablespoon of ketchup, and some watermelon and milk.

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