Eating Out On Keto Diet When You can still enjoy your favorites without the added calories.
How To Start Keto Diet
It is not always easy to prepare a delicious home-cooked keto meal. Perhaps the tension of daily life has interfered with your meticulous meal-planning routines. Or maybe you’re on a long road trip where fast food is not only popular but, to be honest, one of your only choices. Or maybe you’re sick of the same chicken breast and broccoli lunch you’ve made five times this week and crave the efficiency (and grease) that only a quick food meal will really provide. Fortunately, many adaptable fast food menus provide keto-friendly choices that are short, easy, and low-carb. Ye, because it’s delicious.
A ketogenic diet, also known as the keto diet, is a low-carb, high-fat diet that many people use for weight loss and fitness reasons. A keto diet causes the body to enter a state known as ketosis by rapidly lowering carbohydrate consumption. a metabolic condition in which fat is burned for energy instead of carbohydrates. When done right, a keto diet will have unexpected health advantages… all while increasing the bacon consumption. And what food category is more conducive to bacon consumption than fast food? The two are surprisingly friendly in respects that are normally reserved for romantic comedies.
Hit these 14 drive-thrus to get the best bang for your ketogenic buck. Keep the bread in your side.
El Pollo Loco
With a new range of El Pollo Loco fit bowls, El Pollo Loco is continuing to help consumers who follow the keto diet. Choose from three bowls: Double Protein Avocado, Double Protein Fajita Pollo, and Double Protein Mexican Caesar. Each dish includes fire-grilled chicken on a bed of mixed greens and cauliflower rice. They’re citrusy, hearty, and protein-rich, and they’re only around for a short time.
It’s easy to make a Chipotle bowl keto-friendly; just trade out the rice and beans for Chipotle’s fresh new cauliflower rice or nutrition-dense supergreens for a hearty and fulfilling salad. You can also top it with guacamole to get the healthier fats you need on a ketogenic diet, and some queso for extra richness. In reality, Chipotle has created a bowl with the same ingredients for those on a keto diet. In any case, skip the corn salsa in favor of the tomato salsa, and you’ll be well.
For all you West Coast keto-dieters, In-N-hidden Out’s menu has keto choices that are almost as delicious as the standard menu items. You can render any burger keto-friendly by buying it “protein style,” which substitutes a crisp lettuce wrap for the spongey buns. If vegetables aren’t your favorite, try the “flying Dutchman,” which consists of two patties sandwiched between two slices of gooey cheese. Whatever the appetite is, ignore the Animal Sauce and load up on napkins because things are going to get a little sticky.
The state of New Jersey Mike’s also has a catchy, rhyming slogan for its subs without buns: a sub in a pool (or a bowl, to be more accurate). Cold cuts, a Philly cheesesteak, or a BLT are also good choices. Avoid the saucier proteins, such as the BBQ beef, chipotle chicken, and teriyaki, which have a startling carb count due to the sugar content.
While KFC is famous for the Colonel’s crispy fried chicken, the Colonel’s batter adds 8-11 net carbs to only one medium-sized slice. Having said that, KFC can still be a keto-friendly choice when ordering Kentucky grilled chicken. With a side of green beans—the only side that suits the keto diet—you’ve got a well-rounded, satisfying dinner.
If you have a craving for a Whopper, or even an Impossible Whopper, but are restricted by your keto diet, there is no reason to suffer. By omitting the bun and ketchup, you can make any Whopper—or any of the chain’s burger options—keto. Instead, go for a bacon king without the bun and savor the glory of two savory patties, two slices of cheese, and plenty of bacon.
Okay, so Panda Express isn’t necessarily the most low-carb solution around. It turns out that eating a lot of rice and chow mein isn’t exactly low carb, but I wanted to add some options because Panda Express is delicious and I don’t want you to miss out on your wishes. Instead of rice or chow mein, go for steamed vegetables as the foundation of your dinner. Panda Express also offers a new veggie-based dish called Super Greens, which combines kale, broccoli, and cabbage in a wok with garlic. The most keto-friendly main courses are the teriyaki chicken without sauce and the string bean chicken, which can be consumed in moderation because the sweet and savory ginger glaze contains sneaky carbohydrates.
Popeyes manages to rule the chicken sandwich battles, despite the fact the that item is far from keto-friendly. Don’t worry; even when ordering keto-friendly meals, the food is delicious. The chain’s blackened chicken tenders have just two net carbs but are an explosion of spices and Popeyes flavors. For an extra kick, dunk them in some of Popeyes’ classic Louisiana hot sauce, and thank Popeyes for making a batter-less chicken alternative. If you’re ever hungry after the tenders, order a side of the low-carb green beans. (As an added bonus, there are bacon bits sprinkled throughout.)
Choose a salad instead of a sub to eat fresh (and low-carb). Any of your favorites—cold cut, Italian BMT, club, and tuna—can also be turned into salads, which are tossed to order to ensure all is equally dressed. If you avoid the meatballs and sweet onion teriyaki, as well as the over sugary dressings, you’ll have a perfectly low-carb fast food alternative.
Hardee’s & Carl’s Jr.
Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. started selling lettuce wrap burgers in 2020 for those who avoid carbohydrates in their diet. The Guacamole Bacon Thickburger Lettuce Wrap, which has a decent dose of fats due to ample dollops of guac and strips of bacon, is one of the standouts. If you like the hot, go for the Jalapeo Thickburger Lettuce Wrap. Whatever your pick, Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s can substitute lettuce for the bun on every Thickburger order, so play and choose your choice.
You are adored by Taco Bell. You like a cheesy, beefy, calorific fried masterpiece? Taco Bell is a fast food restaurant. You like something lighter and healthier? Taco Bell is willing to bend over backwards to fulfill all of your low-carb fantasies, due to its incredibly personalized menu. For a protein-packed, fat-fueling dish, choose the power menu bowl and substitute the beans and rice with extra lettuce and guacamole. Or make your own bowl of protein, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, and lettuce. With pancakes, bacon and sausage, and nacho cheese, T-breakfast Bell’s options are also high in protein—just miss the potatoes and tortillas. The options and variations are limitless.
Jack in the Box
Though a Sourdough Jack isn’t exactly the same without the sourdough, Jack in the Box burgers can quickly be rendered keto-friendly by removing the bun (or sourdough bread). Jack in the Box even brags about the buttery burgers, which can thankfully be quickly turned into a keto-friendly meal—once the bun is removed—full of one of the best ingredients of all time: butter. If beef isn’t your favorite, try the grilled chicken salad instead. If you want to skip the homestyle potatoes, order the nation scrambler dish.
The keto-specific menu at Chick-fil-A makes ordering keto convenient and effective. Its keto-friendly menu features dishes with fewer than 10g of net carbs, meaning that you stay on board when visiting the famous chicken chain. Any of the foods are simple keto tweaks we’re both familiar with and like, such as making the fried chicken sandwich without the bun or the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit without the biscuit. Grilled chicken nuggets are another choice that goes well with a side salad. What’s the better part? Five of the chain’s dressings are low-carb, like the garlic and herb ranch and the avocado lime ranch.
Wendy’s is ideal for keto diets because it now offers delicious low-carb salads on the menu. Include a Baconator, which is about half a pound of meat, cheese, and six slices of bacon—minus the bun and ketchup—and you’ve got yourself a filling low-carb dinner. If you don’t like Wendy’s fresh beef, you should have a fried chicken sandwich instead, (without the bun, of course).