Light & Fresh Diabetic Lunch Recipes
This light version of the traditional Reuben sandwich contains reduced-fat Swiss cheese and lower-sodium deli roast beef. Lose the top slice of bread to make it a low-carb lunch.
Spring Salad with Apricots, Almonds, and Cilantro
Want a fresh, healthy lunch? Make a quick salad featuring seasonal fruits and veggies. We tossed together summer squash, apricots, and other spring flavors for a delicious recipe that’s low in calories and carbs.
Turkey and Spinach Salad with Beets
Prep this easy lunch salad ahead of time and grab it on your way out of the door. Simply top a bed of fresh spinach with beets and blueberries, then add a small pile of lunch meat on the side for protein.
Chicken-Ginger Lettuce Wraps
Ginger, pineapple, and peanuts are refreshing additions to our healthy chicken salad. Instead of carb-heavy tortillas, we used lettuce leaves to keep the recipe at just 12 grams of carb per serving.
Starting with leftover shredded beef makes preparing this Mexican classic a snap. Serve the veggie-loaded, low-carb meal over rice.
Chicken Taco Pizzas
You only need seven ingredients to throw together light, satisfying mini pizzas for lunch. Use whole wheat pita bread rounds for the crust, and drizzle with light sour cream if you like.
Strawberry Fields Lettuce Wraps
At 73 calories and 4 grams of carb per serving, these refreshing wraps are one of our all-time healthiest lunch recipes. Stuffed with strawberries, pecans, and goat cheese, the lettuce leaves burst with flavor.
Homemade Walking Tacos
One of our favorite on-the-go lunch options, this easy recipe combines the tastiness of a taco with the convenience of a bag of chips. Plus, the all-in-one meal adds up to just 207 calories and 16 grams of carb per serving.
Caesar-Style Salad with Crispy Parmesan Rounds
Peppery Parmesan crisps add zing to a simple Caesar salad. We even made our own light dressing to cut back on calories.
When you need a healthy lunch fast, turn to this easy Mexican-inspired dish. Simply layer rice, beans, and veggies, and serve.
Fresh Tomato Sandwiches
Who says sandwiches have to include meat? Our vegetarian open-face sandwiches feature a cheesy spread and juicy tomatoes on bagel thins.
Mole Pork and Green Olive Quesadillas
Saucy Beans with Tomatoes
Soy sauce, ginger, and honey bring sweet and tangy undertones to this unique low-calorie lunch that takes only 20 minutes to prepare and packs 6 grams of fiber per serving.
Turkey and Bean Wraps
When you’re following a healthy eating plan, swapping ground turkey for beef saves fat and calories. Quickly roll up these diabetes-friendly lunch burritos and serve with our homemade pico de gallo recipe.
Basil-Lemon Shrimp Linguine
In less than 30 minutes, you can create this incredible pasta dish that's perfect for lunch leftovers. Shrimp and veggies mix with linguine in a light citrus sauce, all for 6 grams of fat and 336 calories per 1-1/2-cup serving.
We strategically replaced traditional fat-laden ingredients to create a healthier version of this favorite sandwich (with just 320 calories). You still get good-for-you protein and fiber.
Curried Chicken Casserole in a Bowl
This spicy chicken casserole makes a perfectly balanced lunch on the go. Enjoy the 300-calorie dish with a small apple for a well-rounded meal.
Tabbouleh with Edamame and Feta
This 320-calorie, grain-base salad is packed with protein and fiber. Tender, nutty bulgur mixes with soybeans, cherry tomatoes, and feta for a filling, refreshing lunch.
This spicy meat-and-bean chili comes together in just 30 minutes. You don't have to feel guilty about enjoying this hearty classic, which has just 338 calories per serving.
Mediterranean Chicken Panini
Hot sandwiches always satisfy, and these 238-calorie panini are no exception. Flavored with our low-calorie dried tomato-pepper spread, the chicken and zucchini complement each other perfectly.
Greek Fusion Burgers
These turkey burgers revved up with chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce are ideal for diabetic meal plans. Ground turkey breast, light cream cheese, and reduced-fat cheddar cheese all help to keep calories around 272 and fat to a minimum.
Mexican Chicken Salad Stacks
Broil your chicken strips the night before, then toss together this 306-calorie, low-sodium salad for a deliciously fresh take on lunch.
Open-Face Barbecue Tilapia Sandwiches
Grilled fish nestled on a bed of crunchy coleslaw and topped with a drizzle of barbecue sauce makes these 206-calorie sandwiches sure to please -- especially when they take 20 minutes or less to prepare.