Carbs are everywhere and nobody knows that more than one keto-dieter is just trying to enjoy a simple meal in a restaurant with friends. We feel that keeping up with keto can be challenging even at the best of times. That's why we've put together a quick cheat sheet to help you go through your first keto-friendly dinner unscathed.
. 1 Search the menu
Before entering the restaurant, take a quick look at the restaurant menu. If you do not see many satisfying keto-friendly options, you should have a snack before you go to the door. In this way, you will not be amazed when the bread bowl makes its rounds.
. 2 Put it in a Bowl
Speaking of the fact that burrito bowls, poka bowls and Buddha bowls, thanks to the internet, are just super trendy. While a classic chicken burrito with guac and vegetables results in 63 grams of carbs, the same meal in a bowl yields a modest 1
. 3 Do not be Saucy
Chicken wings are everyone's favorite spot in the bar, but watch out for how they are fried and eaten. Many wings are breaded before being boiled in vegetable oil and then tossed in a layer of hot sauce, butter and some sugar. To keep the carbohydrate low, ask that the chicken wings be baked nude (without breading) and a sharp sauce on the side for a kick.
. 4 Order a la carte
Although choosing an a la carte starter is not always the cheapest way to order, you can avoid carbohydrate-laden potatoes or rice and order your favorite low-carb vegetables instead ] 5. Go Bunless
With a simple adaptation, a cheeseburger can be a dream dinner for a keto-dieter. We are therefore grateful that they are a fixture on most American restaurant menus. Just ask for your burger roll with additional salad, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Double with mustard or mayo instead of ketchup or barbecue sauce.
. 6 Nix the Premade Dressing
Salad dressing can be a great way to add more fat to the greens, but many restaurant versions are sneaky sources of honey, maple syrup or other sweeteners. Ask your server to omit the pre-made version and instead bring bottles of olive oil and vinegar to your table. This way you can avoid stealthy sugars in your salad and add as much liquid gold as you like.
. 7 Double on the Veg
Regularity problems are one of the major complaints among keto dieters. So keep up to date by doubling the fiber-rich vegetables. If your main course has a stronger side, simply ask to exchange it with sauteed broccoli, asparagus or leafy vegetables. Likewise, breakfast recipients are known to be accompanied by a mountain of potatoes and toast, just ask for sliced or grilled tomatoes or mushrooms.
. 8 Ask for an avocado with your eggs
No, we're not talking about the avocado millennial classic smeared with bread. We suggest ordering half an avocado instead of bread for your keto-friendly breakfast. Instead of an English muffin, ask your eggs and hollandaise to be served on butter avocado to maximize the fat intake of the day.
. 9 Cheese Please
No, you do not have to sit there, turn your thumb and drink calorie-free tea while your friends all meddle in the creme brulee. Most restaurants offer a tasty finale to complete the meal, and cheese is a good time for everyone. Cheese is generally low in carbohydrates, but for your lowest options you can reach Gruyere, Manchego, Burrata, Swiss or Brie. Make sure you enjoy it without crackers, breads or jams that can quickly derail your strategy. A small mustard or pimple smear is the better choice.
10th Order a Drink
Yes, we mean an alcoholic. We know that "diet and drink" are not usually compatible words, but if you decide wisely, a little libation is a fair game. While beer, wine and most fancy cocktails are filled with carbohydrates that add up quickly, pure spirits like whiskey, brandy, vodka and tequila are free of carbohydrates. Combine it with soda water or on the rocks and make your friend a DD.