Meat and meat substitutes

Meat and meat substitutes have protein and some fat but no carbohydrates. For most people, the recommended amount of protein is between six to eight ounces a day. (A piece of meat that is the size of a deck of cards is equal to 3 ounces.)

Food Serving size*
  • Beef/veal
  • Canned fish
  • Cheese
  • Cottage cheese
  • Egg: medium
  • Egg substitute
  • Fish and seafood
  • Game
  • Hot dogs
  • Lamb
  • Lunch meat (choose lean cuts of meat)
  • Peanut butter
  • Poultry (chicken, turkey)
  • Pork
  • Soy or veggie burgers
  • Tempeh
  • Tofu
  • 1 ounce
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1 ounce
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 tablespoon
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 ounce
  • 1 ounce
  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Basic Skills for Living with Diabetes, sixth edition
First Published: 11/27/2006
Last Reviewed: 01/09/2015