Can you really find healthy food in a drive-thru for people with diabetes? It might be tricky at times, but it’s definitely possible to enjoy a tasty, nutritious meal, even at a fast-food restaurant.
According to the American Diabetes Association, there is no one-size-fits-all diet for diabetes. Everyone’s body reacts to food differently, so it’s best to work with your doctor or dietician to find the foods that work for you.
When visiting a fast-food restaurant, there are a few guidelines to keep in mind. First, look for as many whole, unprocessed foods as possible. That’s no easy feat in the land of the supersize meal, but you may be surprised at the variety of salads, grilled chicken sandwiches and taco bowls. Next, load up on all the nonstarchy veggies you can find. Ask for extra lettuce on your burger or grab a side salad. Try to limit refined grains like white burger buns and white rice, and enjoy an open-face sandwich or a half-order of rice. The soda fountain will quickly add empty calories and sugar to your meal, so ask for a bottle of water instead. Finally, low-carb, vegetarian and Mediterranean diets are proven to help manage diabetes, so look for foods that fit with those guidelines.
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