Meat and Other Proteins

When developing a healthful diet to help manage your diabetes, aim for a total of 5-7 ounces of meat and other proteins per day.
One Serving Equals
  • 2-3 oz. lean meat, fish or poultry  
One Ounce Equals
  • 1 oz. cheese
  • ¼ cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup tuna fish
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter
  • ½ cup tofu  
Use More Often
  • Lean cuts of meat (loin or round)
  • Fish
  • Poultry without skin
  • Low-fat cheese  
barbecue ribs on the grillA 3-ounce portion of meat is about the size of a deck of cards and about as thick as one finger. Usually, 4 ounces of raw meat without bone or 5 ounces of meat with bone will yield about 3 ounces of cooked meat. 
Use Less Often
  • Deep-fried or pan-fried meats
  • Bologna
  • Salami
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Hot dogs