Two fast food meal plan examples to help you survive gestational diabetes, because life’s hectic and we need options.
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Setting the Scene
All too often we get consumed by life and fast food seems like the only way to eat in the midst of work, commuting, school, kids, etc. It’s not the best choice but some days it’s the only choice.
So let me say right now, DON’T FEEL BAD FOR EATING FAST FOOD. You’ve got to eat!
Especially with Christmas next week, you’re likely out and about more than usual. So here are two gestational diabetes meal plans with only fast food options. These will give you ideas on what you can eat when you find yourself pressed for time and/or energy.
Just quickly I want to mention that one way to lessen the chance of having to eat fast food is to have a plan.
Easier said than done, right?! Well, that’s why I coauthored The Gestational Diabetes Cookbook and Meal Plan!
It has 90 recipes and a 4-week-long meal plan with prep tips and everything you need to make life a little easier!
I apologize for the missing numbers but Wendy’s site has been faulty. You can check out my Wendy’s review for a few carb counts.
The other question marks are based on your choice.
Fast Food Meal Plan Example 1
|McDonald’s||Egg Sausage & Cheese McMuffin – |
|Gas Station||Beef Jerky, Nuts or Protein Bar||?||?||?|
|Wendy’s||Double Stack – Half Bun – 6 Piece|
|Tao Bell||Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla||10g||10g||15g|
|Chick-fil-A||Cobb Salad, any dressing||39g+||21g+||22g+|
|Chicken Noodle Soup||9g||4g||15g|
Fast Food Meal Plan Example 2
|Taco Bell||Mini Skillet Bowl w/extra Egg||5g||11g||16g|
|Gas Station||P3 Portable Protein Pack||?||?||?|
|Subway||Salad of choosing w/Spinach base||?||?||?|
|Jack in |
|Sourdough Grilled Chicken Club –|
|Starbucks||Cheese & Fruit or Eggs & Cheese |
Protein – Half portion!
These plans give you a good mix of animal meats (complete proteins and fat), dairy and plant foods without being complicated or making it a hassle.
Keep in mind, it’s fast food, so how healthy can you get?! I chose nationwide chains and focused on carb counts and protein to carb ratios. If you can, choose salads and add veggies to items like burgers and tacos, just to make sure you’re getting as healthy as you can.
When you think about the carbs on a burger they come from the bun mostly, then special sauces or any condiment that’s sweet. If you’re trimming the carbs, try nixing one or all of the sweet condiments because their carbs raise blood sugar significantly and quickly. Mayo and mustard are the lowest carb choices, followed by ketchup. The small amount of carbs found in the veggies do not impact your blood sugar in the same way, and if you nix them you’re losing out of their nutrition, so it’s a better bargain to keep them.
Grab Peanut M&M’s or Dark Chocolate for something sweet, but avoid the sweets at these fast food places. They’re loaded with sugar!
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Check out the week-long Meal Plan for Dinner and the 4-ingredient Diabetic Biscuits for Breakfast is still getting a lot of traffic. In a couple of days I’ll post a Breakfast Burrito Casserole that’s great for making ahead and portioning out to reheat. If you want to be notified you can sign up here. When you sign up you’ll receive a Gestational Diabetes Pantry Staple Guide.
For more fast food with gestational diabetes check out the series.
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