Keto meal options when eating out…
You may well have put weeks of research into finding the right diet or lifestyle before you actually start. However social occasions are something that can easily be overlooked. A few weeks in and you have a routine and suddenly you receive an invite to dine out. If you are following the Keto Lifestyle, you may assume that eating out is hard due to sauces and glazes that are drizzled over and used to marinate, but fear not… you always have Keto meal options when dining out.
I’ve been following Keto for a little over two months now, with a whopping loss of 25lbs so far, ever so close to a two stone loss! I have been strict with regards to keeping my carb intake well below 20g for the most part but in the time have also been on holiday as well as eating out too and still not been knocked out of ketosis.
Here are some ideas of what you can order to eat whilst on Keto…
Top Tip: Never be afraid to ask a server to adapt a Keto meal option, they are always happy to accommodate!
Keto Meal Option One
It may sound like torture entering a restaurant predominantly offering pizza and pasta dishes, however the Chicken Caeser Salad can easily be adapted to be more ‘keto friendly’. After a recent Writing Workshop event visit to a local Pizza Express, a simple mention of ‘Keto’ and the manager knew exactly what I was talking about without having to explain, which was fantastic! With an overload of chicken, cheese and salad, simply ask for no croutons and sauce on the side. I prefer the salad without the anchovies, however they are Keto friendly, much preferring olives instead.
Keto Meal Option Two
Before visiting a few weeks ago I had researched the menu in advance and was a little disheartened. Every meal option seemed to feature a Jack Daniel’s glaze, making my stomach rumble with anticipation. On the day I decided on ordering the cheeseburger, with no bun, no fries but extra cheese and salad instead. This was not a problem and as you can see, it really was a plateful of food, the amount of salad shocked everyone!
Keto Meal Option Three
It really does pay to speak with a restaurant to discuss Keto Meal options before arriving. Giving them a head start on potential meal suggestions to offer means you may be pleasantly surprised! When booking a table in a local bistro for a birthday meal, it gave the chef some time to come up with this wonderful meal option of a bacon cheeseburger topped with fried egg, lamb kofta kebabs and feta cheese salad. It was absolutely spot on and I am so glad I spoke with the bistro beforehand.
Keto Meal Option Four
Ok, so this is actually a French restaurant chain, however it shows the basics of Keto meal options can be applied anywhere! Sticking with a burger/ steak hache (or doubling up on occasion), cheese, bacon and salad will hit most of your macro points and you will feel better for having had a meal out too! I found most restaurants in France offer bottled water as soon as you are seated and most also offer Coke Zero too.
Keto Meal Option Four
Ordering from an Indian Takeaway
There are always meat options available at Indian takeaways and a mixed grill is one of the easiest options to choose. Otherwise another treat option is a kebab – choose your desired meat(s), with or without salad. I opt for some garlic mayonnaise for the sauce option and our local takeaway offers a ‘special’ which features all the meats and is a meal fit for a King!
Keto Meal Option Five
Ordering from a Chinese Restaurant
This is not an option I have tried yet, but your easiest Keto Meal Option is Foo Young (omelette) – great for those days when you need a protein boost!
Eating out whilst following Keto is not hard at all, just make sure you are prepared, research in advance and don’t be scared to ask the server for recommendations and meal adaptations. If you are interested in the Keto lifestyle you can follow more on the Sim’s Life Keto journey and keto meal options, also check out the latest Manchester Mummy keto focused review of The Courthouse.