The Ultimate Eating Out with Diabetes Quiz
There's no need to resort to cooking all your meals if you have diabetes. You can still enjoy your favorite restaurant, and even your favorite fast-food restaurant. You just need to be a bit savvy about what to order. Take this quiz and learn how to eat out and still be healthy.
Question 1 of 20
What alternatives do most restaurants offer for people with diabetes?
... As the prevalence of diabetes rises, more and more restaurants accommodate for their customers' unique dietary needs. Most restaurants now offer lower calorie sweeteners, reduced calorie salad dressings, low-fat milk and salt substitutes.
Question 2 of 20
What should you ask your waitress when ordering?
... There are more options than what's simply on a restaurant menu. Ask your waitress about heart-healthy meals and ask for calorie and fat information on menu options.
Question 3 of 20
How can you make a menu option healthier?
... There are several ways you can make a menu option healthier. Ask for: dressing and sauces on the side, skinless chicken, low-cholesterol eggs, lean cuts of meat, no butter, and ask for your meat to be broiled not fried.
Question 4 of 20
What can you do if your favorite restaurant meal has no healthy alternatives?
... Why should you have to say no to your favorite restaurant meal if there is no healthy alternative? Try eating slowly and thoroughly chewing your food, you will probably eat less and still feel full. You can also share the serving with a friend instead of eating the whole meal yourself.
Question 5 of 20
Which of the following foods has a healthy alternative?
... Try to order fish that's not breaded, as breading adds extra fat. If you love a baked potato with all the trimmings, try eating a baked potato with a little sour cream or margarine and a healthy serving of vegetables from the salad bar.
Question 6 of 20
What is important when eating out if you have diabetes?
... If you take diabetes medication or insulin shots, it's very important that you eat on time when dining out. Take precautions by making sure your friends arrive to the restaurant on time and reserve a table in advance.
Question 7 of 20
What should you do if you have diabetes and your dinner meal is going to be late?
... Sometimes you can't help eating late. If this happens, eat your after-dinner snack at your regular meal time instead. You can also eat a fruit or starch that you would haven eaten in your dinner meal.
Question 8 of 20
People with diabetes:
... Eat fast food wisely. You can still make healthy food choices in a fast food restaurant. So, fast food in moderation may be okay if you have diabetes.
Question 9 of 20
What should you watch out for when ordering fast food?
... One fast food meal can have an entire day's worth of fat and salt. Watch out for fat, salt and calories when ordering fast food.
Question 10 of 20
A typical fast-food meal has:
... Keep in mind that an average fast-food meal has around 1,000 calories. Skim down that meal accordingly to accommodate your diabetes diet.
Question 11 of 20
What should you avoid when buying a breakfast fast food meal?
... Choose a bagel, English muffin or toast for your breakfast fast food meal and avoid other muffins that can be high in fat. You should also avoid bacon and sausage altogether, as they are also high in fat.
Question 12 of 20
What are the long-term effects of a fast-food indulgence?
... Your little fast-food slip can stay around a lot longer than your guilt. Fast food can create extra unwanted pounds and excess blood fats, both of which negatively affect your health.
Question 13 of 20
What kind of meat should you order in a fast food restaurant as a healthy alternative?
... There are several different kinds of meat you can order as healthy fast food alternatives, such as lean roast beef, turkey or chicken breast and lean ham.
Question 14 of 20
Which of the following burger toppings adds unnecessary extra calories?
... Avoid adding cheese to your burger, as this easily adds an extra hundred calories per one ounce of cheese, to your meal. Instead, flavor your burger with mustard, tomatoes, lettuce and onions.
Question 15 of 20
Which of the following is a high-fat salad bar topping?
... If the fast food joint you frequent has a salad bar, make sure to take advantage. However, try to stay away from high-fat toppings such as croutons, bacon bits, dressings and cheeses.
Question 16 of 20
What salad bar items should you limit if you are following a diabetes diet?
... Limit consumption of salad bar items that have high fat ingredients like mayonnaise. Such items typically include potato, macaroni, egg and tuna salad.
Question 17 of 20
What should you avoid eating in a Mexican fast food restaurant?
... Mexican fast food restaurants have many items that are healthy options. You should, however, avoid or limit refried beans. Order beans that are not refried if possible.
Question 18 of 20
What are healthy Mexican fast food options?
... Order bean burritos, soft tacos, fajitas and other non-fried products if you are sticking to a healthy meal plan. Order chicken instead of beef and load up on vegetables as toppings.
Question 19 of 20
A taco salad:
... A taco salad can have over 1,000 calories! Don't let the word “salad” fool you that this fast food menu item is actually healthy! You should steer clear of deep fried items, guacamole, sour cream and cheese, all of which are found in your average taco salad.
Question 20 of 20
Which of the following is a healthy pizza fast food alternative?
... Pizza is actually a fairly healthy fast food item. Order thin crust pizza with lots of vegetable toppings and no added cheese or meat toppings.
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