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How Meal Prepping Can Help You Maintain Your Blood Sugar Levels

April 21, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense
Brooke McKelvey
Reviewed by
Amanda D.
CD, RDN

A lot of work goes into the perfect meal plan. You have to consider various factors, like how many meals you should eat in a day, consider meal sequencing, or how meal frequency impacts insulin sensitivity.

If you have health conditions like type 2 diabetes, finding out what a healthy meal is for your specific needs is even more critical. So, you may spend even more time working on the perfect diabetes meal plan. 

Here’s where meal prepping can help, reducing the amount of time you spend on your meals daily without sacrificing healthy eating plans.

An Increasingly Popular Way to Plan Meals

small salad bowls

Meal prepping is becoming increasingly popular, and it's easy to see why. Preparing your meals before you begin your week can help with portion control and make eating healthy less overwhelming. And it can free up so much of your time! Not only is your grocery shopping done before your week begins, but you don’t have to stop and think about what you want to eat during a busy day. You may also save money as a meal prepper because you can buy food in bulk, making it easier to stick to a budget without feeling deprived of good food choices. 

Many people also find meal prepping helpful for regulating blood sugar levels. They will be able to figure out what their blood sugar will be like throughout the week based on their meal plan. So, if you find it hard to stay on top of healthy eating during the week because of your schedule, meal prepping might be the solution for you.

Read on to learn more about meal prepping, its impact on blood sugar levels, and some examples of foods to include in your meal prep plans.

Why Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Matters

a person tracking their glucose in the nutrisense app

You may be wondering what blood sugar is and why it's so essential to track and monitor. Blood sugar, or glucose, is derived from carbohydrates that your body breaks down to use as energy. When your body breaks down carbohydrates, it turns them into sugar—most blood sugar or glucose comes from the foods you eat. Your bloodstream will carry that glucose to your body's tissues and cells to fuel you throughout the day.

Maintaining blood sugar levels will help you maintain a healthy weight and energy level. Some people also experience hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia—very low (hypoglycemia) or very high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar levels. These conditions can be tricky to keep track of and maintain and can lead to long-term health conditions like kidney disease, heart disease, and vision loss. 

For people who have diabetes, maintaining target blood sugar levels can be even more important. Those with diabetes benefit from knowing what foods and activities work well with their target blood sugar goals. Remember, other factors like sleep, stress, and illness will also affect your blood sugar levels. So maintaining a healthy diet is especially important, which is something that meal prepping can help you do.

How to Set Your Target Blood Sugar Levels

According to the American Diabetes Association, normal blood sugar levels (though these are typically more for those who have diabetes) are:

  • Between 80 to 130 mg/DL before eating
  • Less than 180 mg/DL 2 or more hours after eating

The NutriSense Nutrition Team typically recommends daily average glucose of <105 mg/dL for a healthy individual without diabetes, with fasting values between 70 to 90 mg/dL. It’s also best to avoid repeated spikes of  >140 mg/dL. 

But even with these recommendations, remember that ‘normal’ can look different for everyone and depend on various factors. Here’s a helpful guide to average blood sugar levels for every age.

When to Test Your Blood Sugar Levels

a person scanning their cgm

While your doctor will recommend testing your blood sugar levels if they suspect that you may have hyperglycemia, hypoglycemia, or diabetes, it's helpful to monitor blood sugar levels to help with weight loss and fitness goals. It's also a useful way to manage other chronic conditions. 

You can test your levels with a blood glucose meter (the finger prick), urine tests, or take constant readings throughout the day using a CGM.

How Meal Prepping Can Help Blood Sugar Levels

a person chopping vegetables

Meal prepping is a great way to keep blood sugar levels under control. As we mentioned earlier, meal prepping is when you prepare a week’s (or more!) worth of meals, so you don't have to think about meal planning through your busy schedule. 

Prepping your meals ahead of time will enable you to pre-plan portion sizes, balanced food groups in every meal, and ensure you pack in yummy nutrients every day without stopping and making those decisions on the fly.

If you’re new to understanding what effects different foods have on your blood glucose levels, work with a professional like a registered dietitian or nutritionist to develop a plan that will suit your needs. Working with a dietitian is also a great way to have some extra encouragement and support to stick to your goals. 

Six Easy Steps to Meal Prepping

It may be overwhelming to plan and make an entire week’s worth of meals in a short period. But once you break down the steps, nutritional balance, and ingredients you need, you’ll find that it isn’t that hard! 

Here are six steps to help you get started:

1) Understand Your Blood Sugar Levels and Health Goal

If you’re using meal prepping to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, you will first want to monitor them over time. It will help you discover what foods your body reacts well to.

We suggest utilizing a tool like the CGM to monitor your blood glucose levels throughout the day. It will help you determine what foods to include and exclude from your meal preparations. 

2) Make a List of Foods You Enjoy

Food should be fun, even when pre-planned. Make sure that you include foods and ingredients that you love in your meal prepping list to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Looking forward to each meal can also help motivate you to stick to your plan.

3) Accumulate Recipes for Your Body’s Needs

Once you’ve discovered the foods that work well with your body’s response, you’ll be able to search for recipes that fit those needs and the list of enjoyable foods you’ve made. Consider doing this regularly to have a bank of recipes to pull from when you need one instead of scrambling to find one just before you prep your meals.

If you’re working with a credentialed dietitian or nutritionist, ask them for help with recipes and meal ideas. If you’re embarking on a solo mission to meal prep, consider using a tool like Mealime. It enables you to create recipes and a shopping list from the ingredients and meals you enter into their app. 

4) Create a Shopping List

And stick to it! Once you have your meals and ingredients planned, make a list so that you don’t give in to temptation and old habits when you’re at the grocery store. 

5) Schedule a Meal Prep Day Every Week

Again, stick to it. If you want to rest on Sundays, consider prepping on a Saturday. Or, find time throughout the week if you have a flexible work schedule.

Whatever day works for you, make this day habitual and enjoy the process of creating yummy fuel to nurture your body through the following week.

6) Consider Storage Options

Some meals stay fresh in the refrigerator throughout the week, and others are better in the freezer. You can also prepare meals in deconstructed fashion (like salad jars and dressing on the side), so all you have to do is combine and eat when you’re ready.

Considering your storage options in advance will help make meal prepping that much easier when you get down to it!

Don’t Forget These Foods

When you’re planning your healthy meals for the week, you have to remember to include all your basic food groups and ensure each meal has the right amount of nutrients for your needs. The best way to do this is to work with a registered dietitian. In the meantime, don’t forget to add these to your grocery list:

Protein

a spread of chicken, bread and other foods

Protein is a vital part of a healthy diet plan. Protein also takes longer to digest, slowing down glucose absorption into the bloodstream. So, getting sufficient protein may help with blood sugar stabilization, whether you’re planning a diabetes diet or a different kind of meal plan. Here are some examples to include:

  • Animal proteins, including fatty fish (sardines, anchovies), poultry like chicken, eggs, and grass-fed beef.
  • Plant protein like tofu, lima beans, lentils, peas, nuts, and seeds

Carbohydrates

a plate of rice and veggies

There’s no one-size-fits-all to the number of carbs you need in your diet—if you tolerate some carbs or if they're right for your specific dietary needs, the perfect number will depend on individual factors like food tolerance and carb counting goals. 

Watch out for refined carbs (like white rice and white bread), increasing food's glycemic index and leading to a more significant glucose response. Some good examples to include in your meal plan are:

  • Whole grains like oats and quinoa.
  • Legumes like lentils and beans.
  • Whole fruits like apples, blueberries, and bananas.
  • Veggies like sweet potatoes and beets.

Healthy Fats

a plate of veggies and tofu

Consider adding healthy fats to your diet. They’re a great addition to any healthy meal prep plan—and they're diabetes-friendly too. The American Diabetes Association recommends adding adequate monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats to your diet. 

Remember, saturated and trans fats can be unhealthy. Speak with a registered dietitian to see what fats you should and should not be eating, depending on your health goals and individual needs. A few examples of healthy fats to add to your diet include:

  • Oily fish, like sardines, anchovies, and mackerel.
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and cashews.
  • Avocados.
  • Nut butter like peanut butter.
  • Healthy oils like olive oil.

Fiber

a plate of rice, veggies, avocado

Don’t leave fiber out of your meal plan! Fiber is an integral part of your diet and a helpful way to regulate blood sugar levels. Fiber slows down the digestive process, giving your body more time to extract nutrients as you digest your food and helps blood sugar spikes after eating. Remember to consider both soluble and insoluble fiber for your diet. Here are some ideas to add fiber to your meal plan:

  • High-fiber non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, artichokes, kale and carrots.
  • Whole grains like brown rice and oats.
  • Fruit like apples and berries.
  • Lentils and beans, like black beans.
  • Starches like squash and sweet potato.

There are several other foods you should be adding to your meal plan. Your choices will depend on your health goals, health conditions like prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, and your responses to foods. To create an ideal meal plan for your needs, work with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian.

Engage with Your Blood Glucose Levels with Nutrisense

Your blood sugar levels can significantly impact how your body feels and functions. That’s why stable blood glucose levels can be an important factor in supporting overall wellbeing.

With Nutrisense, you’ll be able to track your blood glucose levels over time using a CGM, so you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy living.

When you join the program, our team of credentialed dietitians and nutritionists are available for additional support and guidance to help you reach your goals.

Ready to take the first step? Start with our quiz to see how Nutrisense can support your health.

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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim
Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim

Purim, a joyous occasion celebrated around March or April every year, is just around the corner! Read on to learn more about the holiday and the delicious foods that accompany it.

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Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from NutriSense Dietitians
Thoughtful Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from NutriSense Dietitians

Still haven't settled on the perfect gift for your Valentine this year? Take a look at our Nutrition Team's favorites for some thoughtful ideas.

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The Warning Signs of Nerve Damage You Should Watch Out For
The Warning Signs of Nerve Damage You Should Watch Out For

Because nerve damage can have many silent symptoms, it often goes undiagnosed in the early stages. Read on to learn more about what causes nerve damage and some warning signs to watch out for.

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The Ultimate Guide to Fiber and its Effect on Metabolic Health
The Ultimate Guide to Fiber and its Effect on Metabolic Health

Ready to learn all about fiber beyond just the basics? In this post, we dive deep into the different kinds of fiber and health benefits of each. From functional fiber to fermentation, we break down all the jargon into a layman's language.

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The Relationship Between Cardio and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cardio and Blood Sugar

Did you know that cardio can help you lose weight as well as optimize your health and blood glucose? Here's everything you need to know about cardio and its relationship with blood sugar.

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The Side Effects of Unhealthy Weight Loss
The Side Effects of Unhealthy Weight Loss

Find out what unhealthy weight loss is and learn more about its side effects and what you can do to prevent them.

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The Relationship Between Low Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure
The Relationship Between Low Blood Sugar and High Blood Pressure

Learn about the warning signs of low blood sugar and the relationship it has on blood pressure.

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The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar
The Positive Impact Weight Lifting Has on Blood Sugar

Here is everything you need to know about the relationship between weight lifting and blood sugar.

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The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar
The Relationship Between Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Cholesterol plays a very important role in the human body, contributing to the structure of the cells, helping with vitamin D synthesis, and also promoting the production of steroid and sex hormones, like cortisol, aldosterone, testosterone, and estrogen. But how exactly is cholesterol connected to blood glucose levels?

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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes
The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Diabetes

NutriSense dietitian Katrina Larsen, MS, RD,N, LD, CDCES discusses the risk factors for sleep apnea and how this disorder is linked to other health conditions.

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The Paleo Diet and Blood Glucose Levels
The Paleo Diet and Blood Glucose Levels

The premise of the paleo diet is that the body can handle a mix of meats, fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, and complex carbohydrates better than processed meats, refined fats, grains and simple carbohydrates because it evolved to eat the first category as hunter-gatherers.

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The Health Benefits of Winter Squash
The Health Benefits of Winter Squash

A common ingredient in cozy winter recipes, winter squash is one of our favorite foods this time of year. Read on to learn more about how it can benefit your health.

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The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers We Love
The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers We Love

Haven't finished your holiday shopping yet? Pick from this list of NutriSense-approved holiday gifts to find some great last-minute stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!

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The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Health-Focused Gifts They’ll Love
The NutriSense Holiday Gift Guide: Health-Focused Gifts They’ll Love

Still haven't bought all your holiday gifts this year? Don't worry—there's still time to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Read our guide for some great ideas!

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The Link Between Inflammation and Blood Glucose
The Link Between Inflammation and Blood Glucose

Learn more about inflammation, how it affects blood glucose levels and what you can do to prevent and manage it.

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The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet
The Health Benefits of Adding Fermented Foods to Your Diet

Fermented foods have a range of health benefits. Read on to learn more about what they are and why you should be adding them to your diet.

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The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes
The Health Benefits of Potatoes, Yams, and Sweet Potatoes

Potatoes, yams, and sweet potatoes are similar in usage, but pretty distinct in taste, texture, appearance, and even nutritional content! Read on to find out more about each one.

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The Health Benefits of Living With Pets
The Health Benefits of Living With Pets

Did you know that living with a pet can do more than just put a smile on your face? Read on to learn all the ways living with pets improves your wellbeing.

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The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices
The Health Benefits of Cooking With Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices are a great way to add flavor to dishes, and also have a range of health benefits. Learn more about a few of our favorites.

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The Health Benefits of Beans
The Health Benefits of Beans

Learn about the health benefits of beans and how they can help you live a healthier, longer life.

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The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?
The Guide to Metabolic Diets: What Are They, Do They Work, And Who Should Try Them?

Review our guide to metabolic diets to help get a better understanding of what they are and whether they might be right for you.

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The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa
The Foods and Traditions of Kwanzaa

Learn about the traditions and nutrient-dense food commonly enjoyed during Kwanzaa. 

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The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection
The Blood Sugar and Joint Pain Connection

Have you ever wondered how your glucose levels might be connected to joint pain? We'll take a deep dive into this connection and share tips for reducing pain.

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The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia
The Best Diet for Non-Diabetic Hypoglycemia

This article explores hypoglycemia in non-diabetics, how to manage symptoms through diet, and the advantages of glucose monitoring.

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The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels
The Effect of Aging on Your Blood Glucose Levels

Take a look at how aging can affect your blood glucose levels.

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The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels
The Best Diet to Increase Your Vitamin D Levels

Read on to learn more about vitamin D-rich foods and what you should include in your diet to make the most of this vitamin’s health benefits.

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The Best Diet for Menstruation
The Best Diet for Menstruation

When it comes to your menstrual cycle, what you eat can significantly impact how you feel. Read on to learn more about the best foods to add to your diet to help during that time of the month.

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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet
The Beginner’s Guide to the Low FODMAP Diet

In this article, we break down what a low FODMAP diet looks like for beginners, and its potential benefits and drawbacks for gastrointestinal health.

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The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis
The 6 Worst Foods for Osteoporosis

When it comes to bone health, good nutrition is absolutely critical. Read on to learn what osteoporosis is and why some foods may increase your risk of or worsen the condition.