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Modifying recipes

Being diagnosed with diabetes doesn’t mean you can’t continue to enjoy food. By making a few changes to your recipes, you can make them healthier. Healthy eating for people with diabetes is no different from what is recommended for everyone. There is no need to prepare separate meals or buy special foods. Your whole family can enjoy the same healthy meals.

You can make healthy and nutritious meals suitable for everyone by choosing ingredients and recipes that are high in fibre and low in saturated fat, added sugar and salt (sodium).

There are many types of eating plans that may be suitable for people with diabetes. One size does not fit all. These include Mediterranean-style diets, low fat plant-based diets or lower carbohydrate (carb) eating plans.

Talk to a dietitian to develop an eating plan that meets your food preferences and nutritional needs. A dietitian can also advise you about serving sizes that are right for you and how to adapt your favourite recipes to fit into your eating plan.

When preparing meals or following recipes at home, try some of the healthier swaps for recipe ingredients or healthy cooking methods in the Healthy cooking ideas fact sheet.

Read more in our fact sheets:

More information and support

  • Find out more about diabetes and how to self-manage your condition by accessing support programs and information sessions.
  • Call the NDSS Helpline on 1800 637 700 and ask to speak to a dietitian.
  • Go to Dietitians Australia or call 1800 812 942 to find a dietitian near you.
  • Go to healthdirect to find a health service or diabetes health professional near you.

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