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Dining Out Tips for Diabetics

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Tips for Eating Out in Different Types of Restaurants

The following list includes selections of healthy food choices from various cuisines. Remember to count the carbohydrates in each.


  • Steamed dumplings or potstickers
  • Stir-fried fish, chicken, or lean beef with vegetables
  • Sushi or Sashimi
  • Steamed-rice or boiled-noodle dishes


  • Chicken enchilada (no cheese or sour cream)
  • Small burrito with whole beans and chicken
  • Chicken or fish fajitas
  • Steamed rice with chicken

Steak House

  • Grilled or broiled lean cuts of beef (round steak, sirloin, filet mignon, London broil, tip roast)
  • Broiled or baked chicken breast (don’t eat the skin)
  • Steamed vegetables

Salad Bars and Buffets

  • Lettuce; plain, fresh vegetables; beans with light dressing
  • Roast chicken or turkey breast (without the skin) or lean, sliced roast beef
  • Steamed vegetables (without butter, margarine, or sauce)
  • Fresh fruit

Fast Food

Believe it or not, most fast-food restaurants will provide nutrition information if you ask. You can also check the Internet or various printed sources. Good choices include:
  • Grilled veggie burger without sauce
  • Garden salad with light dressing
  • Broiled, roasted, or grilled chicken sandwich
  • Sliced turkey or lean roast beef sandwich (without mayonnaise)
  • Grilled hamburger with bun, tomato, lettuce, pickles, onion, ketchup, and mustard (no cheese or “secret sauce”)
  • Baked potato with vegetables
  • Avoid beverages high in sugar or fats, such as milkshakes

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