Plan healthy, balanced meals and snacks
that include the right amount of foods including protein foods, fruits, vegetables, dairy and grains.
Choose vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin C
such as broccoli or strawberries. For adequate zinc, choose fortified grains and protein foods, such as beef, chicken, seafood or beans. Some wounds may require a higher intake of certain vitamins and minerals to support healing. Speak with your healthcare provider before starting any new supplements.
Include adequate protein throughout the day.
Include a source of protein at each meal or snack. A sample menu may include scrambled eggs for breakfast, black bean tacos for lunch, yogurt or cheese for a snack and chicken at dinner.
Stay well-hydrated with water or other unsweetened beverages.
For people with diabetes, control blood sugar levels to help prevent wounds from developing and to support healing and recovery.