Light & Fresh Diabetic Lunch Recipes

Don't let a busy day tempt you into ordering high-calorie, carb-heavy fast food on your lunch break. Our low-calorie lunches (all around 300 calories or less) are tasty and fit well into a diabetic meal plan. Plus, these sandwiches, wraps, and soups are quick and easy to prepare.

Hummus and Avocado Salad Sandwiches

When you need a quick and simple lunch, make a vegetarian melt. To keep this low-carb recipe healthy, we stuffed peppery arugula and creamy avocado inside a whole wheat sandwich thin spread with hummus.

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Open-Face Reubens

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ropa Vieja

Starting with leftover shredded beef makes preparing this Mexican classic a snap. Serve the veggie-loaded, low-carb meal over rice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vegetarian Tostada

When you need a healthy lunch fast, turn to this easy Mexican-inspired dish. Simply layer rice, beans, and veggies, and serve.

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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.

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Mole Pork and Green Olive Quesadillas

A mixture of chocolate pieces, cinnamon, and chili powder lends this low-calorie lunch its surprising sweet-and-spicy flavor. Plus, using leftover shredded pork makes assembling the cheesy meal a breeze!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Turkey Reuben

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.

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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.

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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.

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Chipotle Chili

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chicken-Brown Rice Salad

This tangy salad is a fulfilling lunch for less than 300 calories and a few grams of fat. Toss together seven ingredients to create it.

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