19 Places Where Diabetics Can Safely Eat Out
Diabetics know they should limit carbohydrates, fats, and sugar and up their intake of fiber. Meal plans created by the American Diabetes Association suggest that 45 percent of daily calories should come from carbohydrates, with 45 to 60 grams per meal, and most of those from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Additionally, New York nutritionist Laurie Simon suggests limiting any one meal to 10 grams of sugar or less. That's difficult enough eating at home; sticking to the rules at restaurants can be even harder -- but it can be done.
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Chili's has a "lighter choices" menu, although many items may be light on calories but high in sugar or carbs. Sirloin with avocado or ancho salmon are best bets, and there are burgers of beef, black beans, or turkey without buns. Also good are fajitas with any kind of filling -- just skip the toppings except onion, peppers, and pico de gallo -- and grilled classic steaks. Soups, chili, beans, veggies and shrimp are good sides.
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Most Mexican food is a diabetic disaster of fried tortillas, cheese, and sour cream. But Chipotle has salads and burrito bowls that are good choices, and a nutrition calculator that lets users select ingredients to see how they add up. Of course, skip the chips (and, when eating at Mexican restaurants, the margaritas).