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Eating Well At Fast Food Restaurants

Eating Well At Fast Food Restaurants

Here’s a little secret for those of you looking to eat right: Fast food restaurants don’t have to be your enemy. That’s right, those brightly lit temples paying tributes to burgers, and fries, and nuggets can provide decent meals if you’re in a rush. The key, as always, is to be careful and informed about the choices you make. No one-possibly not even the restaurants themselves-will say you should eat fast foot three times a day, seven days a week. And it’s best to prepare your own healthy food at home as often as you can. But people with diabetes are all-too-familiar with compromise. We have to compromise to live, given how demanding this condition can be. And the restaurants themselves have made the task easier in recent years. They have added more and healthier options. They have made nutrition facts more easily available. They aren’t charities, of course-the job of these chains is still to sell you as much fattening food as possible-but the situation is better than it used to be. Here’s a list of six of the healthiest meals from major fast-food chains. I’ve arranged them based on amount of carbs, going from lowest to highest. Carbohydrates aren’t the only important nutrition information, of course, but they are how most people with diabetes calculate insulin dosage, and they do have the most direct impact on blood sugar. A couple of disclaimers before we begin. First, these meals are not, by most standards, “low-carbohydrate.” They should be thought of as lower or moderate carb. Second, you can always go to a restaurant and order a plain green salad, without dressing, and be healthy. My goal here is to point out actual menu items that you might want to eat.. All of the figures are taken from the chains’ respective websites, which means they s Continue reading >>

Tasty Taco Salad | Everydaydiabeticrecipes.com

Tasty Taco Salad | Everydaydiabeticrecipes.com

You must be logged in to add a private note. Login | Register We are adding the recipe to your Recipe Box. You must be logged in to add a recipe. Login | Register This taco salad always surprises people. That's 'cause they're a little unsure about a taco salad that doesn't have any cheese or sour cream. Good news is, once they get a forkful they always say, "Wow, this is a Tasty Taco Salad!" That's right, fresh and flavorful ingredients (plus a creamy homemade dressing) make for one healthy and delicious taco salad! 1 (1-ounce) packet reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix 3 bell peppers (assorted colors), chopped In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with the taco seasoning and water, cooking until meat is crumbled and no pink remains. Let cool. In a large bowl, combine all remaining salad ingredients. Add cooked ground beef; mix well. To make the dressing, place all dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor; blend until smooth. Before serving, add dressing and toss to coat well. A single serving of dressing in this recipe is equal to 1 Tablespoon. If you'd like, feel free to top your taco salad with a handful of plantain chips or whole-wheat tortilla chips. It'll add a nice crunch! * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. The following ingredients or measurements are not included: Continue reading >>

Taco Salad Recipe - Eatingwell

Taco Salad Recipe - Eatingwell

Combine salsa and sour cream in a large bowl. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring often and crumbling with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro and cup of the salsa mixture. Add lettuce to the remaining salsa mixture in the bowl; toss to coat. To serve, divide the lettuce among 4 plates, top with the turkey mixture and sprinkle with cheese. So easy and very tastyRedoing this because the picture I posted was wrong. I made this recipe exactly as is except I used 99% fat free turkey instead of 93%. I also added a little bit of salt and pepper as I went but everything else was exactly the same. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it!!! It was very filling. He said it seemed like a meal we could've gotten at a mexican restaurant!Pros: Easy, fast, delicious, flavorful, fillingCons: Needs salt So easy and very tasty I made this recipe exactly as is except I used 99% fat free turkey instead of 93%. I also added a little bit of salt and pepper as I went but everything else was exactly the same. My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it!!! It was very filling. Pros: Easy, fast, delicious, flavorful, fillingCons: Needs salt adding more flavorI've made this taco salad for years. I add baby peppers sauteed with the onions, cook the turkey & add 2 T. of tomato paste, cumin, chili powder, pinch of cayenne, add 1/8 cup water until absorbed then add black beans. I omit the cheese...love it but try to stay healthier if I'm eating it for dinner, topped w/green onions. Delish!Pros: HealthyCons: Continue reading >>

Gestational Diabetes Diet (vent)

Gestational Diabetes Diet (vent)

I started the gestational diabetes diet today. Went in with a 224 blood sugar thismoring which is HIGH.Then tested 1 hour after dinner tonight and was at 82, which is LOW, borderline hypoglycemia. I am not loving this diet. The food choices don't make sense to me. I did Atkins for a good stretch of time a few years ago and I understand low carb, but with this I can't have much fat or carbs in any fashion that makes sense to me. Also there seems to be no guideline for eating any food that is not prepared at home. I am on the go quite a bit so I can either screw this diet up eating something wrong, or go without. I am way too tired and busyto be cooking myself tostadas for lunch on most days. I am hoping that it gets a bit easier, cause right now it's just making me kind of sick. @Skyemberr Oh I understand. My doctor is making me watch the sugar in my diet. She said no more than 4gr of sugar per serving. Most everything has more than that, so it leaves me feeling grumpy and hungry. No idea what to make to eat. Maybe someone here could help with meal ideas. @Skyemberr there should be diabetes-friendly options that are quick and easy. not that there are, but there should be. @Skyemberr Hang in there! I am on a diet that is focused on carbs. Most fast food places have their nutritional info online. I know taco bell does for sure. Check those out. Also, search Gestational diabetes meal plan or meal suggestions. I usually eat a scrambled egg sandwich on wheat bread with miracle whip for breakfast. for lunch I can eat two sandwiches, chicken salad or ham & Cheese. A big thing that helps is to eat protein with your carbs. Chicken has been my best friend! It depends on how many carbs you're allowed at each meal. mine is 30 at breakfast and 60 at lunch and dinner then I have 3 sn Continue reading >>

6 Easy Salad Recipes To Help Control Diabetes

6 Easy Salad Recipes To Help Control Diabetes

“I don’t want to eat like a rabbit!” This is what I hear when I encourage increased leafy greens and vegetables to people with diabetes. However, there is a proverbial goldmine of nutrients in salad that can help people with diabetes decrease blood sugar and get needed nutrients. Salad doesn’t have to be boring! We can help with 6 easy salad recipes to help control diabetes and make you love eating your greens. According to The American Diabetes Association, as of 2012 over 29.1 million people in the United States were diagnosed with diabetes. This is over 9.3% of the American population. These numbers are shockingly on the rise all because of the way we are choosing to eat. Our diets are too high in fat cholesterol, sodium, and processed foods. Go to your cupboard. Take out a box of packaged food. Turn it over and read the ingredients. Are there things on there you can’t read or understand? Should you really be eating it? Fresh Is Best Think about where you shop. If you go around the perimeter of your local grocery store, all of the fresh non-processed items are around the perimeter of the store. Here you will find all the best ingredients for wholesome and fresh foods. Bare salad would be best for people with diabetes, because it is actually the toppings and dressings that make it bad for you. Choosing the right ingredients can still keep things tasting good and good for you. Our expert taste team found six of the best tasting and easy to make salads that are diabetes friendly. Actually, they are good enough for the whole family to enjoy right along with you! We’ve even included recipes for people watching gluten intake and vegetarians too. Let’s take a look. For more diabetes related information read the following: 1. Salmon Topped Spinach Salad and Lem Continue reading >>

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

When I was still in high school, my aunt gave me this recipe she had for taco salad. I took it to college with me and made it all the time for an easy, cheap, healthy and delicious meal. I had forgotten all about it until I was going through my recipe book the other day and found it. I am making it for dinner tonight! 1 14-ounce can black beans, rinsed (I use my own black beans but canned work well too) Combine salsa and sour cream in a large bowl. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 2 minutes. Add turkey and cook, stirring often and crumbling with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, beans, cumin and chili powder; cook, stirring, until the tomatoes begin to break down, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in cilantro and 1/4 cup of the salsa mixture. Add lettuce to the remaining salsa mixture in the bowl; toss to coat. To serve, divide the lettuce among 4 plates, top with the turkey mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Continue reading >>

How To Order Fast Food When You Have Diabetes

How To Order Fast Food When You Have Diabetes

Although anyone may develop type 2 diabetes, this kind of diabetes is often caused by poor lifestyle choices, such as being overweight and not being physically active. Controlling your diet by avoiding typical fast-food choices can play a large role in helping control your blood sugar levels — a must when managing type 2 diabetes. Taking this important step may even reduce the amount of medication you need to take each day. But there are many reasons that you might need to rely on fast-food restaurants. For instance, you may work late hours or be pressed for time, and fast food might be the most convenient, or even the only, option available to you. There's no denying that these quick-bite chains seem to be everywhere — the United States has about 7.52 fast-food restaurants per 100,000 residents, according to a study published in December 2011 in the journal Critical Public Health. If you do find yourself needing to order at the drive-thru, don't fret. The key is knowing what to order to get the nutrition you need without jeopardizing your health. Type 2 Diabetes: Better Fast-Food Choices Common sense says that fast food isn't likely to be on the preferred-foods list for people with diabetes. After all, a typical fast-food breakfast can put you at or over your daily limit for fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates. But many fast-food restaurants offer smart choices that can help you get the nutrition you need with the convenience you desire. For starters, fast food doesn’t have to mean fat-laden fare. Planning ahead is key, says Jenny Dejesus, NP, CDE, a diabetes educator at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Many fast-food chains now feature healthier choices, and these are the restaurants you want to go to. “If possible, look at the menu ahead of time Continue reading >>

Easy Healthy Taco Salad Recipe With Ground Beef

Easy Healthy Taco Salad Recipe With Ground Beef

FREE LOW CARB RECIPES E-BOOK! Sign up to get a FREE low carb recipes e-book, plus get access to subscriber exclusives! (No spam, ever. You can unsubscribe anytime.) This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission from purchases made through them, at no additional cost to you, which helps keep this content free. (Full disclosure) We’re probably smack in the middle of the hottest time of year right now. In my kitchen, that equals easy, one-pan dinners that avoid the oven and don’t require keeping the stove on for too long. Salads are perfect for checking those boxes, but of course you still need some protein in there to make it a full meal. That’s where this easy and healthy taco salad recipe comes in. You’ve probably seen Mexican taco salad at restaurants before. In case you haven’t, it’s basically like an enormous Mexican taco in bowl form. No taco shell needed! Unlike most restaurant versions, my healthy taco salad is low carb and gluten-free. Easy Taco Salad Ingredients The way to make easy taco salad is to use simple ingredients. After browning the meat, all you have to do is mix everything together! Store bought taco seasoning saves a lot of time and makes the process easier, but check labels to avoid sugar. It’s not hard to make your own if you have time, though. Salsa and sour cream stand in lieu of a dressing here, which works out surprisingly well. Why spend time creating a complicated taco salad dressing, when these work just as well? When you mix it all up, it tastes like there’s dressing in there, anyway. Possibly the best part is that the whole thing incorporates just ten ingredients from start to finish. And, it’s on the table in merely twenty minutes. The only cooking involved is browning the ground beef on the stove Continue reading >>

Dining Out With Diabetes: Mexican Restaurants

Dining Out With Diabetes: Mexican Restaurants

Let’s face it, eating out is something we all like to do. It’s relaxing, convenient, and fun to let someone else worry about what to cook. For people with diabetes, it’s important to keep an eye on your plate – whether you’re at home or at a restaurant. It can be a challenge to find healthy options, but it’s not impossible. Mexican Dining: Learn the Language Should you order the Grande Chicken Taco Salad or the Chicken Fajita Salad? Or maybe you should you try the Chimichanga? The salads basically sound the same, right? No, not exactly. Both of the salads, from On the Border, are made with chicken and lettuce, but one of them comes in a big (grande) taco shell. The Grande Chicken Salad has about 1280 calories and 75 grams of carbs, while the Fajita Chicken Salad has about 750 calories and 25 grams of carbs. The fried tortilla shell makes a big difference in calories! Otherwise, a chicken salad with veggies and even beans is a healthy meal option. Chimichangas (1350 calories and 130 grams of carbs), along with their smaller relatives empandas and taquitos, are deep fried tortillas that are filled with meat, cheese, and some veggies. They can be much higher in calories, carbs, and fats than regular tacos and burritos. At Taco Bell, the Gordita (Spanish for “little fat one”) is wrapped in a thicker pita-style tortilla, which has 340 calories and 30 grams of carbs vs 200 calories and 15 grams of carbs in a regular crunchy taco. Avoid items with mega, grande, double-decker or supreme in their names – you will usually end up with at least 100 more calories per serving than the regular version. Familiarize yourself with descriptions of entrees before you order, as this way you can avoid extra calories and carbs. The Icing on the Taco Toppings at Mexican resta Continue reading >>

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

This family-friendly meal is so easy. Slow cooking the chicken infuses so much flavor. Use this recipe for tacos or for ultra-low-carb taco salad. 1-2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts Place chicken, enchilada sauce, green chilis, and onion in crockpot. Cook on low heat for 3-4 hours. When fully cooked, shred chicken with fork. Serve on warm whole wheat tortillas and top with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. If you are running high, you can easily turn this into a very low-carb taco salad by simply eliminating the tortilla. Here is a link to see what diced green chilies we use. (But really, any will do.) this looks great, i have to try this recipe soon. i do have to say it will be the first time it took 3-4 hour to make chicken taco. the crockpot chicken tacos receipe includes 1cup of green chilesthe problem is therer's 50 different types of green chiles. tough decission for a latino lieme to make..can i get a specification. I found there is a profound difference in taste between red enchilada sauce made with tomato and those made with red chiles. After eating the red chiles the tomato tastes awful. I use red chile version of red enchilada sauce as a base for my soups. sounds good i like tacos,after i eat up the chile from days ago i will enjoy this. I tried this recipe last night and it was delicious. I left out the sour cream but added some hot salsa and it was great! This is great, a recipe that also provides further information for making it lower in carbs by making it a taco salad. It sounds delish! This is great, a recipe that also provides further information for making it lower in carbs by making it a taco salad. It sounds delish! LOVE this one. Sounds very similar to one I do however I first grill the chicken to get extra flavor. Leave out the t Continue reading >>

Quick 'n Healthy Taco Salad - Marlene Koch Marlene Koch

Quick 'n Healthy Taco Salad - Marlene Koch Marlene Koch

1. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. 2. For the salad, spray a large non-stick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat. Add diced pepper and saut 3 to 4 minutes or until slightly softened. Add the beef and chili powder to the pan and saut 5 to 6 minutes or until meat is well browned. Stir in the salsa and cook for one minute to combine. Remove from heat. 3. To assemble, place 1 cups chopped lettuce on each of four plates. Top each salad with 3/4 cup of the meat mixture. Sprinkle on of the green onions, 3 tablespoons cheese, and 3 tablespoons of dressing. Garnish with tomato wedges and optional tortilla strips, if desired. DARE TO COMPARE: I am happy to say adios to the Taco Salad with Beef served at On the Border restaurant with its 1,100 calories, 79 grams fat, and 2,400 mg of sodium! (Not to mention a whopping 35 points!) NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING (one salad): Calories 280 | Carbohydrate 11g (Sugars 6g) | Total Fat 14g (Sat Fat 7g) | Protein 27g | Fiber 3g | Cholesterol 45mg | Sodium 460mg | Food Exchanges: 3 Lean Meat | Carbohydrate Choices: | Weight Watcher Plus Point Comparison: 7 Smart Point Comparison 8* (*Vegetables are included in the nutrition information, but are subtracted out before calculating Smart Point comp.) Continue reading >>

Fast Food Menu For Diabetics

Fast Food Menu For Diabetics

Fast food dining is a convenience that many take for granted. The menu has variety, although it is usually designed for the general population with hamburgers, chicken and other fried foods. If you are diabetic you also want convenient dining options, but you have to eat well-balanced meals and a low-fat diet to keep your blood sugar levels from becoming too low or high. Video of the Day Many hamburger restaurants offer different meal sizes with regular or large portions. Do not order the largest size because it has more carbs, calories, fat and salt. Instead, order the smallest meal and ask for mustard on the bun instead of mayonnaise, ketchup or other sauce. Do not order the double or triple hamburger patty. Remember that cheese adds extra calories and fat -- 100 calories per slice. Most chains let you pick a side order with your hamburger meal and drink. Skip the French fries and ask for a small salad with low-fat dressing. Drinks with sugar, including milkshakes and soda, can add unwanted calories and carbohydrates to the meal. Some restaurants even let you refill your drink from a dispenser. The best choice for a diabetic is diet soda, water or unsweetened tea. Fried chicken fast food restaurants offer chicken pieces, chicken nuggets, wraps, salads and sandwiches. There are also side dishes and desserts. Some restaurants have grilled chicken, which is the best choice for you, unless you have an appetite for fried chicken. Avoid overloading your plate with chicken pieces, especially if the restaurant sells it in a large bucket or a variety package. The drumstick is a good choice since it has fewer calories and carbs than the fried chicken breast. Also, save calories and fat by removing the crunchy fried skin from the chicken to make it healthier. Enjoy side dishes l Continue reading >>

Taco Bell - Restaurant Eating - Diabetes Forums

Taco Bell - Restaurant Eating - Diabetes Forums

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Hi again, folks. Well, I decided to try to see what Taco Bell would do to me, as if the last incident with LJS wasn't enough for me. My husband and I were out grocery shopping, and I had to get a few things for my mom, and make a trip to the nursing home where she is, and the day grew long and involved, and we were both quite hungry, and we weren't able to go home anytime soon. So, we decided to eat at Taco Bell. I had a Taco Pizza, which consisted of two thin tortillas, bean/meat mixture, and cheese. Then, I had one regular taco, consisting of bean/meat mixture, cheese, sour cream, tomato and lettuce. Another hour after that, my reading was 133. I didn't think that was too bad. Of course, I injected myself with 12 units Humalog before eating. At least I know that if I am out somewhere, I know that for a quick meal, I can eat at Taco Bell! I won't vary the menu, either. I know for a fact that it works for me, and that's what I'll have, if we ever need to go back there. Another hour after that, my reading was 133. I didn't think that was too bad. Of course, I injected myself with 12 units Humalog before eating. At least I know that if I am out somewhere, I know that for a quick meal, I can eat at Taco Bell! I won't vary the menu, either. I know for a fact that it works for me, and that's what I'll have, if we ever need to go back there. The numbers are good to me. I would have been happy with that. BUT, for me if I eat something like taco bell I deal with it for at least another 24 hours. By that I mean I have liver dumping problems all the next day. But, that is me, doesn't mean it will happe Continue reading >>

Diabetes, Taco Salad, And Glucerna

Diabetes, Taco Salad, And Glucerna

I have been compensated by Glucerna for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own. #SteadyIsExciting Back in 1999 was the first time the words diabetes ever entered my life. At that time it was gestational diabetes, I had failed my one hour glucose test and I was being put on a special diet and had to go take the 3 hour test. I passed that one, barely. The day my son was born I was told that I did have gestational diabetes. Fast forward through my next three pregnancies, I had gestational diabetes with each one. With my boys it was diet controlled, my daughter I was put on medication. After she was born I was told my risk of having type two diabetes was very high since I had gestational diabetes with all 4 of my kids. I did what I needed to do and set out on my journey of healthy living. I started running and eating healthier and for almost ten years I did pretty good then this past summer as I began marathon training I began noticing different symptoms. At first I began pricking my finger and testing my blood sugar. Consistently my fasting blood sugar was high and after meals it was borderline. The only time it was any where close to normal was after a long run, and then as my miles grew my blood sugar would be low. So I took myself to the doctor to find out what was going on with me and I was told I had prediabetes. I wasnt shocked, I had been told it was most likely going to happen but now I needed to work even harder to balance my blood sugar levels. After finishingmy marathon last week, I now find myself refocusing my health goals for the year. One of those goals is to lose weight. I am one of the lucky ones who gained weight while marathon training. That weight needs to go! I just need to figure out how to do it and keep my blood s Continue reading >>

Tacos - Restaurant Eating - Diabetes Forums

Tacos - Restaurant Eating - Diabetes Forums

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. Previously I thought I wouldn't be able to eat tacos anymore. I really like the tacos I get at authentic Mexican fast food places here in the Chicago area. They use two six inch corn tortillas on one taco. So I checked out the carb content on these tortillas at the grocery store. 10 or 11 grams. Also corn tortillas are lower glycemic compared to flour tortillas. So two tacos would consist of 40-44 grams. On a pork (pastor) taco they also add onions and cilantro. So if I stay away from the chips and drink diet coke, I don't have to avoid this meal. I just had two tacos today for lunch and ate about 5 chips and measured my glucose level two hours later and it showed 144. Next time I'll exercise before I have that lunch to hopefully make it under 140. I enjoy the occasional taco or burrito myself. I smiled when I read that you counted out 5 chips...because 7 is my "magic number" chip-wise. Hubby thinks its funny, but if I didn't watch myself I could eat TONS of chips and salsa. Isn't it nice to know that you don't have to give up all the things you enjoy? I enjoy them even more now that I did before diagnosis, as I eat them less frequently and chew a little more slowly to savor each bite. Glad Mexican worked out well for you blood-sugar-wise. Linda, you're so right about enjoying things even more now. I'm being a scientist right now trying to figure out which things are okay and in what amount. Linda, you're so right about enjoying things even more now. I'm being a scientist right now trying to figure out which things are okay and in what amount. Good luck with that! Odd thing about diabetes, on Continue reading >>

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