I know how to count my carbohydrates and have fairly good blood sugar control, but my main problem comes with menu planning. Quite frankly, I do not like grocery shopping or trying to figure out what my husband and I should eat. Can you help?

It is good that you have an understanding of carbohydrates, portion sizes and that you monitor your blood sugar levels. Menu planning can seem somewhat overwhelming, but it does not have to be. Initially you may need to sit down with your husband and discuss possible meal ideas for the week, but as time goes on, it will get easier and you will not need to spend much time in the planning phase. Remember that “quick and easy” can sometimes mean “not-so-good-for-you”, but it does not always have to be. For example, make sure you spend some time in the frozen food aisle in the grocery store. Pick out several varieties of colorful frozen fruits and vegetables. The vegetables combine nicely with soy crumbles for a stir-fry and the frozen fruit can be mixed with yogurt and 100% fruit juice for a morning breakfast smoothie. You may consider buying a bag of frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts. Take a few breasts out in the morning and refrigerate to thaw during the day. These can pair with steamed veggies and brown rice for a quick and easy dinner. Soy-based burgers or salmon patties are also found in the frozen section. These are typically packaged individually so you can simply heat them up and pair them with a spinach salad for a fast meal. Spaghetti can also be made in a snap. Purchase whole-wheat pasta, a chunky vegetable sauce and add a can of mushrooms for a healthy meal. If you are interested in keeping it very simple, focus on “ala carte” food items. Hummus with whole-wheat crackers, veggies with low fat dip, low fat yogurt and string cheese, and fresh fruit can be quick snacks that travel well.

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