Keto-Friendly Options At Popular Restaurants

Popular Restaurants With Keto-Friendly Food Options

Closeby to any of these popular restaurants? Find keto-friendly meals at these popular fast food and casual restaurant chains. Click on the links below to begin your search for low-carb foods. Before you begin, you should know about a concept called “dirty keto.”

What is dirty keto?

“Dirty keto” is a nickname ascribed to a keto diet that mainly consists of processed foods. This includes foods consumed at restaurants and pre-packaged goods (except for frozen vegetables that aren’t mixed with other preservatives).

Benefits and drawbacks of dirty keto

The benefit of “dirty keto” is convenience. Simply scan the grocery shelf for products, order food at a restaurant or from a food delivery service; if the food is keto-friendly (serving size or full servings fall under 50g net carbs), then it’s technically ketogenic. But since the manufacturer cooked it, the eat falls under the “dirty keto” category.

There are drawbacks to “dirty keto.” You don’t always know how an item is prepared. Most packaged goods and restaurant foods are full of saturated fat and unnecessary carbohydrates. Plus, some cooking oils are healthier than others. Cooking the same meal yourself allows you to control which ingredients and cooking oils are used, and allows for bigger portions without added carbohydrates. Plus, lowering total carbohydrates can lead to less inflammation and faster weight loss. If you’re a fan of organic food, or you are combining the keto diet with Paleo, you definitely want to avoid “dirty keto”.

Tips for dirty keto

  • Grilled foods most likely avoid heavy usage of cooking oil while still containing enough fat and protein to satiate your appetite.
  • Fried foods might consume your entire daily carb quota, plus the cooking oil can contain trans fat and lots of saturated fat. Rotisserie and baked foods are usually keto-friendlier alternatives.
  • On product food labels, find the ingredient list and scan it to find out which cooking oils are used. The healthiest cooking oils are olive oil, almond oil, virgin coconut oil, ghee, and butter. You can learn about healthy and unhealthy cooking oils by clicking here to read more.
  • Keep your carbs limited to leafy green vegetables such as spinach and lettuce; they usually have up to 3g net carbs per serving. Kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and okra usually contain between 5-7g net carbs per serving. Peas, corn, and carrots are usually high in carbohydrates.
  • Energy bars might advertise low sugar amounts but still contain lots of carbohydrates with little dietary fiber. Read the nutrition label carefully and monitor your carb intake for the day.