Going out to eat when you have diabetes can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be impossible. With nutrition information becoming more prevalent, it can be easy to plan out diabetic friendly options when going to eat at a restaurant, such as Chick-Fil-A.
When you have diabetes, the important thing to remember is trying to keep the amount of carbs you eat throughout the day as consistent as possible (in order to prevent large spikes in your blood sugar). Sources of carbs in the diet include fruit, grains (rice, quinoa, barley), starches (bread, pasta), starchy vegetables (potatoes, peas and corn) and dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese).
After looking at Chik Fil A’s menu, there is definitely no shortage of carbs. But, there are also some great veggie options, and great sources of protein. My challenge for myself in this blog was to come up with 5 different meals, with 5 different entrees, that kept the amount of carbs between 45-60g per meal total. These are just general recommendations, and may not be appropriate for each individual. For more personalized carb counts and specific nutrition recommendations, please make an appointment with one of our registered dietitian.
Chick Fil A has a variety of sandwiches, and they all vary in carb counts (but not by much). Pair with a side salad to round out your meal with veggies. Note, the carb count of the salad with depend on which dressing you choose!
If you are in the mood for a salad, the Southwest Salad is a delicious option! Pair with a Chicken Noodle Soup if desired!
One of the most iconic meals at Chick Fil A are the nuggets. And even though they are breaded, they are surprisingly low in carbs. That gave us a little wiggle room to add small french fries and a side salad to get in some extra veggies! Again, the final the carb count of the salad with depend on which dressing you choose!
Another Chick Fil A Classic. The chicken strips are higher in carbs than the chicken nuggets, but pair the protein with a superfood side salad for a complete meal!
Finally if a wrap is what you are in the mood for, you can go for it! Pair the wrap with a medium fruit cup to round out your meal!
If you are looking for help managing your diabetes, make an appointment with one of our dietitians by calling 301-474-2499 or clicking here.