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Summer BBQ Picks.

Summer BBQ Picks

Who doesn’t love a good summer BBQ? Family, friends and awesome food. Childhood memories are made, long time friendships are sustained, and new recipes are traded. Do you have trouble navigating the picnic table as a person with diabetes? Here is the breakdown of some of the most popular BBQ menu items. Check them out to see how you can make your best choices, and keep your diabetes in check while still enjoying this most important pastime!!

Main course

  • Hot dog – 180 calories, 5g carbohydrate
    • With Bun – 290 calories, 30g carbohydrate
  • Hamburger 250 – calories, 0g carbohydrate
    • With Bun 360 – calories, 25g carbohydrate
  • Bratwurst – 190 calories, 1g carbohydrate
    • With Bun – 300 calories, 26g carbohydrate
  • Fried Chicken leg 3oz with bone – 112 calories, 0g carbohydrate
  • BBQ Chicken Breast 3oz – 120 calories, 6g carbohydrate


  • Potato salad 1 cup – 350 calories, 28g carbohydrate
  • Pasta Salad 1 cup – 240 calories, 31g carbohydrate
  • Corn on the cob, 5 oz ear – 120 calories, 27g carbohydrate
  • Corn bread 1 slice – 95 calories, 15g carbohydrate
  • Cole Slaw ½ cup – 145 calories, 14g carbohydrate
  • Baked Beans ½ cup – 140 calories, 29g carbohydrate
  • Mac n’ Cheese 1 cup – 240 calories, 28g carbohydrate
  • Potato Chips 1 oz – 150 calories, 18g carbohydrate


  • Popsicle – 60 calories, 15g carbohydrate
  • Ice cream sandwich – 165 calories, 26g carbohydrate
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie – 80 calories, 19g carbohydrate
  • Oreos, 2 cookies – 110 calories, 16g carbohydrate
  • Smores, 1 square sandwich – 260 calories, 46g carbohydrate

So how can you make the best choices?

Opt to fill at least half of your plate with fresh green vegetables and salad greens. Choose your favorite carbohydrate options and watch the portion sizes. Maybe you skip a hamburger bun to enjoy a little pasta salad. If you still feel hungry and want seconds, try another plate of salad. The fiber helps fill you up and the low carbohydrate vegetables will help keep you from spiking a high blood glucose level. Happy barbecuing!

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