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Better-for-You Restaurant Ordering

Don’t stress about eating out! We’ll help you open a menu of delicious options while staying on track with your meal plan.

Sure, eating out with diabetes can be a bit tricky. But, thanks to the growing number of diners requesting better-for-you menu items, ordering smart isn’t as difficult as it used to be. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

Restaurant portions can often feed two adults. Split a meal with someone, or put half of it in a takeout container before you start eating. Order an appetizer as your meal, or ask if you can order a half portion or lunch portion instead. For a refresher on portion sizes, check out our at-a-glance guide Rules of Thumb for Portion Sizes.

Most restaurants allow better-for-you swaps. Order wheat toast instead of white. Have fish that’s broiled or baked, not fried. Try to make the same food swaps in restaurants as you do at home.

Condiments count, too. Butter, mayo, creamy dressings, and sauces can all boost the calorie count of a meal significantly. Order condiments, dressings, and sauces on the side, skip them entirely, or ask for a “light” version.

Watch out for specialty drinks and desserts. These can both add another meal’s worth of calories to your total. To save calories (and money!), enjoy drinks and dessert at home. Our Fast & Easy Tiramisu takes 15 minutes to prepare (plus a few hours to chill) and contains a reasonable 150 calories. Plus, you can find plenty of delicious better-for-you “mocktail” recipes on this website.

Better-for-You Restaurant Ordering
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