Eating Keto out on the Town
Okay, maybe “on the town” really means Arby’s or Taco Bell most times. But one way or another, there is going to be a day where the kids have soccer games, there is no more food in the fridge, and the hubby is begging for the drive-through…It happens. But just because everyone and everything around you is screaming for carbs doesn’t mean you have to be a hostage to them. You have options! Here are some easy ways to stay #ketostrong while eating out.
Meat and cheese – Some of the most common reasons that people run into trouble with carbs at fast food are buns and fries…they’re nearly all carbs! So if you’re at a place that is just burgers and fries, just enjoy the best parts! (And trust me, those fries that are cooked in rancid oils are not the best part!)
Salads with HEAVY dressing – There are plenty of fast food places that are offering salads these days. The biggest things to watch out for on these menu items are croutons/crunchy toppings and fruit. Toppings like hard boiled eggs, cheese and meats are great though! You just want to make sure you get that fat in; lettuce and meats are most definitely not enough fat. Loading up on high-fat dressings like ranch, bleu cheese and balsamic (while still keeping your calories in check) is the best way to approach this!
Meat and veggie bowls – If you’re not a salad fan, you can still enjoy all of the “toppings” without the lettuce! Again, the challenge is getting that fat in. Ranch and bleu cheese can only go on so many things, right? So when you’re at a place where you are lucky enough to find high-quality fats like avocado, guacamole and olive oil then take advantage! You can also add cheese and sour cream to your dish to make it high fat as well!
After-morning breakfast – Let’s be real – breakfast ALL of the time. Who is with me!? Eggs and bacon are always good to eat. Heck, if you’re starving at 3:30 in the afternoon and don’t want to eat too much before dinner this is a great thing to snack on to stay full until then!
Eating keto out really is this simple! And while you can almost always find something high fat to eat at any restaurant, the most difficult thing most times can be navigating through a menu to avoid the high carbs where they are sneakiest. Keep these things in mind when avoiding carbs at restaurants.
- Fried foods – they may be high fat, but they are also typically breaded in carbs. Also, most of these oils are toxic and can actually impair you from losing the weight optimally.
- Sweet condiments – ketchup, honey mustard and BBQ sauce are basically sugar with different seasonings added to it in liquid form…yuck. Stick to ranch, bleu cheese, and especially olive oil-based vinaigrettes when you can!
- Ice cream, smoothies, and desserts – yes ice cream typically is high fat, but unfortunately, it is also high sugar. This is true for almost any dessert you can find when eating out. The only exception would be if you were to find a dessert made with stevia or sugar alcohols…which is close to none. If you reeeally miss the sugar, I highly recommend making your own at home with these previously mentioned sweeteners!
- Driving up without a plan – if you don’t have a game plan, it is faaaaaar too easy to drive up hungry, look at a menu and give in…You and I both know you can do better than that! Know what you’re ordering before you even look at a menu! This will eliminate much of the temptation that effortlessly comes. You got this!!!