Keto Fast Food
I’ll be the first to say it, dining out and being on keto is not the easiest thing thing in the world to do. Finding keto fast food to eat is even more of a challenge.
But sometimes, situations occur and you have to find something to eat quick! Yesterday was one of those situations for me. I left early morning for an event in Tampa and didn’t leave the event until around 10:00pm. The event provided snacks, but there was literally nothing offered that I could eat.
By the time I left the event, most restaurants in the area were already closed, I hand’t had anything food all day long (literally) and I knew I needed to grab something to eat. Thank goodness for Five Guys and their “burger in a bowl!” It’s usually my go to for keto fast food!
7 Tips For Eating Keto Fast Food
When those occasions do arise and you have to get something in a pinch, or food from a restaurant you’re not familiar with, keep these 7 tips in mind to keep your keto meal plan in tact.
Getting a sandwich, burger, sub or wrap without the bread drastically cuts down on the carbs. Many servers / cashiers will look at you like you’re stupid, but just go with it and don’t allow their strange looks to affect you. I’ve been able to get bunless burgers at Disney World, Red Robin, Five Guys, Wendy’s, McDonalds (though it’s easier to just remove the bun there), Freddie’s and Steak n Shake.
Fried and Breaded
I’m from the South and LOVE(d) everything fried and breaded. However, they don’t work on keto. For some reason, most things deep friend are typically breaded. When you see these items on the menu, keep on looking! Grilled options will always be better! When I first started keto I thought I’d never be able to eat at Chick-fil-a again, but luckily they have delicious grilled chicken too!
Meat, Cheese & Veggies
Meat, cheese and veggies are pretty much the staple of my keto diet. And luckily most restaurants have these items! Anywhere from Arby’s, Subway, Jimmy Johns, Five Guys, Jersey Mike’s! When I first started keto I was afraid to ask restaurants to mix and substitute items, now I constantly ask so I can make eating keto fast food work for me!
Even if it’s not fast food, I constantly order Fajitas from Mexican restaurants and ask for only the meat, cheese and vegetables…along with sour cream and guac!
Beware Of Salads
Most restaurants that offer salads have the pre-made salads full of food that’s not keto friendly. It’s rare to find a fast food place with fresh salad ingredients anyway. Chipotle, Moe’s Southwestern Grill and Tijuana Flats have great salads that can be adapted to keto friendly. As a general rule though, salads and keto friendly don’t work so well when eating fast food.
Get Dressings And Sauces On The Side
Definitely get salad dressing on the side. As a go to, I always order Ranch or Blue Cheese in order to keep the sugars and carbs down. …but dressings drastically range in carb counts, which is another reason to avoid salads all together. A a bare minimum, order the sauces on the side.
I have developed a strong love for 4 Rivers Smokehouse because they have amazing smoked meats on the menu, but the first time I ordered the burnt ends I realized it came drenched in a sauce that HAD to have a ton of brown sugar in it. Sauces and dressings are not very keto friendly.
Look For Nutritional Information Online
You definitely want to avoid foods and restaurants where you can’t located the nutritional information. When cooking from home you know exactly what goes into each of your meals, so it’s easy to keep them keto friendly. Restaurants make everything a challenge, even when it’s something you assume would be low carb because of how you prepare it at home. Make those nutritional guides your friend!
Don’t Miss Out!
For me, dining out is a very social part of my life. I work from home, so getting out and meeting people for breakfast, lunch or dinner is one of the typical ways for social interaction. When I first began eating keto, I would freak out before I’d go out to eat. At first I wasn’t sure I’d have the willpower or even the know-how when it came to ordering the right thing.
But don’t miss out on living life and never go out to eat. You can successfully dine out while living a keto friendly lifestyle. I’m not a big fan of Fast Food no matter how you slice it, but you can find fast food options while on keto.
Keto Fast Food Options
I’ve found keto fast food options at these fast food / casual dining restaurants:
- Burger King
- Disney Quick Service (I live near Disney World)
- 4 River’s Smokehouse
- Five Guy’s
- Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
- Jersey Mike’s
- Jimmy John’s
- McAllister’s Deli
- Moe’s Southwestern Grill
- Panera Bread
- Taco Bell
- The Polite Pig
- Sonic Drive In
- Tijuana Flatts
I do want to make a disclaimer – Fast Food is okay on occasion, but I don’t believe even a best case scenario option of fast food is good for you long term. Maybe Chipotle or Panera Bread? Definitely don’t make fast food a common occurrence.
But don’t beat yourself up when you do need a quick keto fast food option when you’re in a bind.