The Best Keto-Friendly Fast-Food Options
Just because you’re going keto doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. Check out these top keto fast-food options.
Dining out on keto
As a weight-loss plan, the keto diet looks like it’s here to stay. This extremely low-carb approach to eating forces the body to turn to fat stores for fuel—a process known as ketosis. One sign that the diet has hit the mainstream is that dining chains are putting Keto-friendly options on their menus, not only giving diners multiple options to enable them to keep up with their lifestyle change. Here’s the scoop on the array of keto fast-food options the big chains are offering. From soups to salads and steaks to salmon, these meals will help keep your body in ketosis and garner you optimal results.
This chain offers plenty of keto-based meals. Their wood-grilled Shrimp and Sirloin, the rock lobster tail, the classic live Maine lobster and snow crab legs all conform to keto standards. For sides, try fresh unseasoned broccoli, asparagus or roasted green beans (and swap out the rice and mashed potatoes). If only those cheddar biscuits were keto-approved, though, then life would be extra good.
This brand is one step ahead of the pack for keto fast food—its burrito-in-a-bowl options allows you to build the perfect keto meal, exactly to your tastes. Start with some salad greens, pick your meat selection (from carnitas, free-range chicken, steak or chorizo), then add veggies and your keto lunch—or dinner—is served. Pro tip: Stay away from the delicious corn salsa—it’s not keto-approved.
Who knew that the home of the Never-Ending Pasta Bowl could accommodate keto eaters? To stick to the plan, start with the Zuppa Toscana or the house salad with the signature Italian dressing. Follow that up with the Chicken Margherita, Salmon or Chicken Piccata or the Herb-Grilled Salmon.
The home of the baby back rib smothers on the BBQ sauce, which is a little too sugary for keto lovers. However, the Mix & Match Fajita Trio will work just fine. It includes steak, chicken and seared shrimp along with bell peppers, onions, guacamole, sour cream, pico, salsa and shredded cheese—just order it without the rice, beans and tortillas. The Ancho Salmon on the Guiltless Menu is another delicious option, paired with sides of vegetables. However, if you can’t get the barbecue flavor out of your mind (and that jingle out of your head), then opt for the Smokehouse Combo with the jalapeño-cheddar smoked sausage and the smoked brisket, and replace the sides with vegetables.
With so many options on the menu, this chain should be able to meet your keto needs. Starter options include the house salad with oil and vinegar as well as crispy Brussels sprouts minus the maple butter glaze. The variety of burgers and sandwiches available offer great choices for your main course: Consider the Old Fashioned Burger with no bun or the Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club (hold the bread and mayo). The casual chain also has an array of steak, chicken, pork and seafood dishes on both the regular and SkinnyLicious menu. Make sure to order them without sauces and substitute vegetables for potatoes.
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Applebee’s points to several keto-approved options on its menu, such as the Shrimp ‘N Parmesan Sirloin and the Grilled Chicken Breast. The restaurant also has a variety of soup options for those looking for something lighter—Broccoli Cheddar and New England Clam Chowder. Pair it with a salad for a full keto meal.
This will be one of the easier restaurants to stick to your keto guns. For starters, the Kookaburra Wings are Keto-friendly (as is the side salad with oil and vinegar, of course). Most of the steaks on the menu will be fine—just ask your server about the sauces and swap out any starchy sides for steamed vegetables or a blue cheese wedge salad. King crab, lobster tails, burgers with no bun and the Pork Porterhouse are also good options.
The name alone seems to indicate a keto danger zone, but you can still navigate the menu safely. Try ordering the Cuban and Bacon Turkey Bravo Sandwich minus the bread—you can get it served on some leafy greens. Another good option is the Green Goddess Salad—just stick to the oil-and-vinegar dressing.
The chain‘s Million Dollar Club Salad is a safe keto go-to, and you have the option of adding grilled chicken, grilled salmon or grilled steak. Choose the Green Goddess dressing or opt for oil and vinegar to avoid sugar. Additionally, the Bacon Cheeseburger served “Green Style” (salad leaves substituted for the bun) with a side salad—hold the croutons—will meet your needs. Or just order the Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wings, which get the keto stamp of approval.