Being on a ketogenic diet can be difficult if you’re always on the go. Have you ever had to eat a high-carb and low-fat meal because you forgot to prepare your keto meal? If so, the solution to your diet worries might surprise you. Instead of constantly having to prepare your keto-friendly dishes at home, it’s time to go to your favorite fast food restaurant.
These 10 keto fast food places make low-carb easy for everyone regardless of their budget.
Why don’t we start with everyone’s favorite place for a quick and tasty sandwich? There isn’t an item on the menu that is specifically made for people on a keto diet. However, you can turn a sandwich into a keto-friendly salad. Any of their breakfast sandwiches are good choices. Simply eliminate the bread and choose the right toppings for your meal.
Start with spinach, lettuce, green pepper, and cheese. Get some olive soil since it has zero grams of net carbohydrates. If you don’t want olive oil, you can get some ranch dressing if you’re okay with its four grams of net carbs. For the meat, choose the grilled chicken breast. You may also order Subway’s tuna salad since it has 27 grams of fat and just seven grams of carbohydrates.
If you’re looking for some cheap yet tasty burgers, Wendy’s is a good place to start. For example, the Double Stack can give you 260 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 20 grams of fat. If you eliminate the bun, the total amount of carbs is just two grams. It’s certainly a delectable treat containing two beef patties, cheese, pickles, and onions.
If you prefer chicken or beef, you can get Wendy’s Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich. Remember to get the variant with the grilled chicken. You might get the high-carb breaded chicken if you don’t specify your choice. Disregard the bread and you’ll get about eight grams of fat and 28 grams of protein.
For people who love to eat fried chicken regularly, there’s always KFC. However, it’s best if you pick the grilled chicken instead of the fried variant. Doing so would allow you to eat three pieces of grilled chicken and get a mere three grams of net carbohydrates.
If you want a side dish, try getting one serving of green beans. This gives you just two grams of net carbs, unlike the other high-carb snacks. You can also try the KFC Caesar salad or the house salad if you’re willing to get rid of the croutons and the salad dressing. If you can’t resist the salad dressing, at least get the Heinz Buttermilk Dressing instead of the Creamy Parmesan Caesar Dressing.
4) Jimmy Johns
This fast food restaurant is easily one of the best places for people on a ketogenic diet. Jimmy Johns offers what they call the Unwich, which basically gets rid of the bread and the tortilla. Instead, your sandwich gets lettuce wraps. Whatever sandwich you’d like to have at Jimmy Johns, they can offer a low-carb variant of it. If you’re feeling too lazy or tired at home, just order an Unwich and have it delivered straight to your home.
Here is a video of an Unwich from Jimmy Johns:
5) In-N-Out Burger
This burger joint has a menu item dominated by unhealthy choices for people on a keto diet, but there are a number of decent options. For one, The Flying Dutchman has no bun or lettuce wrap – just a couple of meat patties along with some cheese. This burger doesn’t have condiments as well, but you can request for some. In addition, the Protein Style Burger comes with a lettuce wrap in place of a regular bun.
Our keto-friendly recommendations for McDonald’s are pretty the same if you want to eat Burger King. You can get any breakfast sandwich on their menu in the morning. At night or during lunch, you can get whatever burger meal you like. A grilled chicken breast is also good. What matters is that regardless of your pick, you remove the buns to eliminate most of the carbohydrates. Of course, this means you can’t order chicken nuggets that are loaded with high-carb breading.
7) Hardee’s/Carl Jr’s
If you’re up early, go ahead and order the Low-Carb Breakfast Bowl. This satisfying meal contains cheese, meat, and eggs without exceeding eight grams of net carbohydrates. Likewise, their Low-Carb 1/3 Thickburger has the same low amount of carbs. If you want some chicken, you’ll only get seven grams of net carbohydrates from the Low-Carb Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich.
8) Panera Bread
It’s understandable if you avoiding stepping foot into this fast food restaurant. After all, isn’t bread pretty much the archenemy of a ketogenic diet? However, Panera Bread does have some surprisingly low-carb meals. For example, you can just order any of their salads without the dressing. Another option is the Power Breakfast Egg Bowl with Steak, which fills you up even with just three grams of net carbohydrates.
9) Five Guys Burgers
One of the best things about Five Guys Burgers is how easy it is to customize your burger meal. The workers there are prepared to put lettuce wrap on your burger. When you’re ordering your burger, go for low-carb options. Two slices of bacon and a burger party can be included since they don’t have any net carbs. Vegetables such as jalapeno peppers, onions, and pickles are low in carbs as well.
Finally, your favorite fast food restaurant for Mexican meals also has keto-friendly food. Your best bet is the burrito bowl. However, you must specify that both the rice and the beans shouldn’t be included. A salad is a good choice as well if you get the hot tomatillo red chili salsa, which has the lowest amount of carbohydrates among the salsas at Chipotle.
And that’s it – 10 fast food places where people can get their keto-friendly meals. As long as you pick wisely, you’ll be able to continue your diet even if you’re too busy to prepare your own food. We hope that our list will help you maintain your ketogenic diet. Feel free to send us a comment if you have any queries.