Dining out with diabetes
istock/AndreyPopov Contrary to popular belief, a diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you have to spend your days eating flavorless fare. It’s completely possible to enjoy delicious food—even at a restaurant, as long as you know exactly what to order, how it’s prepared, and what an appropriately sized portion looks like. Since not everyone with diabetes has the same meal plan or health goals, we set out to create the most comprehensive list of diabetes-friendly restaurant dishes, whether you’re cutting calories or keeping salt, carbs, or fats to a minimum. Read on for nutritionist-approved orders from Chinese and Italian restaurants, delis, smoothie shops, and other popular eateries. Plus, don’t forget to be on the lookout for these menu words to avoid.
At American restaurants: Turkey burger with steamed broccoli
istock/bhofack2 When you’re dining at your local sports bar or diner, Isabel Smith, MS, RD, CDN, says that a turkey burger is the way to go. “Remove the top bun, which doesn’t typically contain much fiber and swap fries for a green veggie. This will add fiber to your meal and help slow blood sugar spikes and promote satiety,” she explains. Here’s how to get more fiber in your diet.