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Sample Breakfast Plate
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A 9" Plate as a Tool for Estimating Carbohydrate

The standard breakfast in a plate format includes: Quarter (1/4) plate bread, grain, or starchy food. Starchy foods include bread, yam, rice, Crix, and other cooked grains; cereal; dasheen; and starchy vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, corn and legumes (cooked dry beans, dry peas and lentils). An 8 oz glass of skim or low-fat milk. If you do not like or cannot drink milk, substitute 8 oz of unsweetened (or artificially sweetened) fat-free or low-fat yogurt or calcium-fortified soy milk. A serving of fruit. This can be a medium fresh fruit, 1/2 cup cooked or canned fruit, 1/2 cup fruit juice, or 1/4 cup dried fruit.

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Sample Lunch Plate
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Diabetes: The Plate Format

For people living with diabetes it is important to keep blood sugar levels within a safe range. Carbohydrate is the nutrient that most affects blood sugar levels. Usually, the more carbohydrate eaten, the more the blood sugar rises. A plate format is a simple way to help people with diabetes plan a balanced diet.

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