31 January 2022

Should I eat carbs at dinner?

GI and Diabetes

The answer is a big fat YES! But just eat the right type of carbs – good quality, low GI ones. It is a good idea to spread your carbs throughout the day (across all your meals) so that you are never eating too much at the one time.

And, by nourishing your body at dinner with good carbs you will get the benefit of feeling fuller for longer, helping to curb those cravings to overeat… or reach for dessert.

The ideal plate at both lunch and dinner should be ¼ low GI carbs, ¼ protein and ½ vegetables or salad.

Your low GI day on a plate
  • Aim to eat at least five serves of vegetables every day, with three or more different colours
  • Aim for 65-100g of protein. Good sources include lean meat, skinless chicken, fish, seafood, eggs, milk, yoghurt, cheese, legumes or tofu
  • Eat one serving of low GI carbohydrate at each meal. Try pasta cooked al dente, low GI rice, pearl couscous, soba noodles or quinoa.

Need some dinner inspiration? Head to our dinner recipe collection.

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