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The Ideal Low GI Meal

What does the perfect low GI diet look like? Ideally each meal should contain half vege or salad, a quarter lean protein and a quarter low GI carbohydrates.

The ideal low GI meal
Your low GI day on a plate

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

Handy guide to portions

Main meal portions

Handy guide to Main Meal portions
Main meal portions
Main meal portions

Snacking portion examples

Handy guide to Snacking portions
Snack portions
Snack portions

How to make your recipe low GI

If you are feeling inspired to develop your own low GI recipe, here are a few simple steps to follow.

Aim for balance

Remember, a healthy low GI meal will be half vegetables/salad, quarter lean protein and quarter low GI carbohydrates

 

Focus on “swap, drop, add and reduce”

  • Swap to low GI varieties of potatoes, rice and breads, or choose starchy foods that are naturally low GI such as carrots, parsnips, butternut pumpkin, sweetcorn, chickpeas, lentils and quinoa
  • Drop fluffy white breads, baguettes and rolls, and larger servings of carbohydrates
  • Add beans, chickpeas and lentils to meals, lemon juice to veggies and yoghurt to a curry
  • Reduce the amount of starchy carbohydrate in your recipe. As a guide aim for:
    • Potatoes – allow 1 medium spud (around 150g) per person
    • Rice – a quarter or a third of a cup of uncooked rice (50–70g) per person / half a cup of cooked rice per person
    • Pasta / noodles – 80–90g per person
    • Pearl couscous – a third of a cup (or around 40g) per person
    • Quinoa – a third of a cup (or around 60g) per person
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Low GI meal guide

Breakfast

Your diet plays an important role in how energised you feel. Start the day off right by including low GI carbs at breakfast for sustained energy and better concentration.

Dinner

Often don’t feel satisfied after dinner? Including low GI carbs will help you feel fuller for longer, curbing those cravings to overeat.

Lunch

The sustaining power of low GI carbs at lunch means increased vitality, helping you to avoid the dreaded afternoon slump.

Snacks

If you find yourself in need of an afternoon pick me up, you don’t need to go hungry – just try to snack smart with healthier low GI options that offer sustained energy and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Low GI Meal Guide

Breakfast

Your diet plays an important role in how energised you feel. Start the day off right by including low GI carbs at breakfast for sustained energy and better concentration.

Main Meal Guide

Lunch

The sustaining power of low GI carbs at lunch means increased vitality, helping you to avoid the dreaded afternoon slump.

Dinner

Often don’t feel satisfied after dinner? Including low GI carbs will help you feel fuller for longer, curbing those cravings to overeat.

Meal Guide

Snacks

If you find yourself in need of an afternoon pick me up, you don’t need to go hungry – just try to snack smart with healthier low GI options that offer sustained energy and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

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