Better Choice: On-The-Go Lunches
Fast-food restaurants aren’t ideal for a healthy meal, but sometimes there’s no alternative. So how can you make the best of your quick lunch? These meals get the Diabetic Living BETTER CHOICE™ stamp—they’re all acceptable options within recommended daily limits.
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Does it feel impossible to make healthy choices on the go? Diabetic Living BETTER CHOICE™ picks are smarter options when you have to stop for a drive-through meal. They might not meet your nutritional needs perfectly, but these winners are the best choices when there’s no time to pack or make lunch. Just be mindful of sodium and calories for the rest of the day.
Order half of a Roasted Turkey & Avocado BLT—a comfort-food makeover with roasted turkey, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, and avocado on sourdough bread—and a half-order of the Classic Salad (field greens, romaine lettuce, and veggies) with BBQ Ranch Dressing. Pick up a medium Tropical Hibiscus Tea to drink.
Total: 420 cal., 22 g total fat
(4 g sat. fat), 38 mg chol.,
640 mg sodium, 37 g carb.
(5 g fiber, 11 g sugars), 20 g pro.
Skip a carb-heavy sandwich and go for a veggie-packed Double Chicken Chopped Salad with Fat-Free Italian Dressing. Side with apple slices and a 21-oz. Minute Maid Lite Lemonade.
Total: 305 cal., 4.5 g total fat
(1.5 g sat. fat), 100 mg chol.,
1,225 mg sodium, 29 g carb.
(6 g fiber, 18 g sugars), 37 g pro.
Pick up a Roasted Tomato & Mozzarella Panini with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, spinach, and basil pesto on toasted focaccia along with a Grande Teavana Shaken Iced Green Tea—get it unsweetened and save 20 grams of carb.
Total: 390 cal., 18 g total fat
(6 g sat. fat), 35 mg chol.,
630 mg sodium, 44 g carb.
(3 g fiber, 3 g sugars), 15 g pro.
This better-for-you McDonald’s lunch saves on carbs by choosing a hamburger, side salad with low-fat balsamic dressing, and apple slices. Opt for iced tea instead of soda.
Total: 315 cal., 10 g total fat
(3 g sat. fat), 30 mg chol.,
910 mg sodium, 45 g carb.
(3 g fiber, 14 g sugars), 13 g pro.
Pass on the burrito. Order instead a simple romaine salad spiced up with black beans, fajita vegetables, fresh tomato salsa, and guacamole, plus water to drink. And make sure to skip the salad dressing that comes with. It's loaded with sodium.
Total: 400 cal., 23.5 g total fat
(3.5 g sat. fat), 0 mg chol.,
1,015 mg sodium, 41 g carb.
(21 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 12 g pro.