Fast Food Meals You Won’t Believe Are Keto-Friendly
Fast food that’s healthy while also being keto-friendly? However contradictory that may sound, eating at fast food places while also maintaining good health and staying in ketosis is possible. Most restaurants these days cater to their health-conscious customers and even allow meal customization. To help you enjoy an occasional quick keto fast food at your favorite place, here are some great keto-friendly options you want to consider:
- Burrito Bowls
Mexican places like Chipotle and Taco Bell serve nutritious burrito bowls that you can easily tweak to suit your keto diet. Simply ask for meat of your own liking (or sofritas if you’re vegan), add some fajita veggies, garnish with a high-fat sauce like guacamole, and top with melty cheese. Also skip the rice and beans as these are high in carbs. What you get is a healthy and keto-friendly meal with an ideal ratio of keto macros to help you stay in ketosis.
- Egg Bites
If you’re a big fan of Starbucks, definitely try out their Sous Vide Egg Bites. Starbucks egg bites are made with base ingredients like eggs, cheese, butter, and bacon – all of which are keto-approved. One serving of these egg bites provides over 300 calories of which most come from fat – exactly what you need on keto. However, the same serving size also comes with 9 grams of carbs so do keep that in mind when munching on this lunchtime Starbucks favorite.
- Bacon & Eggs
Most fast food places serve egg-based breakfasts such as bacon and eggs. You’ll get plenty of fat and just enough protein by sticking to this timeless breakfast dish. Make sure to skip the buns, though and double your order if you want a more filling meal. We suggest going for sunny-side up or scrambled eggs as these come with extra fat. Also order sausages on the side when possible. Optionally, go for an omelet if your fast food place doesn’t serve bacon and eggs.
- Nutritious Salads
Every fast food place has at least one salad option on their menu. If you can order a grilled chicken salad with a hearty dressing, then definitely go for it. If not, a side salad can boost your mineral, vitamin, and fiber intake on a keto diet which is just as important as meeting your daily keto macros. Ask to exclude the croutons, crackers, and beans as these are high-carb foods you don’t want in your keto diet. Ask for extra cheese and stick to Ranch Dressing just in case.
- Bunless Burgers
With low-carb eating slowly becoming a thing, a growing number of fast food places are allowing customers to tweak their orders. Bunless burgers are a result of this growing trend of meal customizing, and you’d be surprised just how much you can tweak your order. When it comes to ordering burger specifically, instead of the bun, you get a meat patty, topped with cheese and sauce wrapped in lettuce. Not only is this bunless burger version keto-friendly, but it’s also pretty healthy compared to its carby classic.
In similar fashion to the bunless burger, these days many fast food places offer sandwiches without the buns and wrapped in lettuce instead. These are now popularly called unwinches and are pretty healthy. On average, you get around 300 calories, 30 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and 5 grams of carbs from a typical unwiches. However, the exact macros ratio will depend on the type of unwich you’re ordering and the toppings used. As always, go for high-fat toppings like shredded cheese, mayo, and sour cream and avoid high-carb ingredients like ketchup.
- Low-Carb Snacks
Besides fast-food places, convenience stores and gas stations offer quick meals you can enjoy for on the go. Examples include hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, beef jerky, pork rinds, and nuts and seeds that you can find in most stores. These foods are healthy, keto-friendly options you can snack on following mid-day slumps or when you need a quick meal when on the road. Just make sure to check the expiration date for these products to avoid getting foodborne illness.
Fast food, healthy eating and keto are not exactly synonymous, but there are ways to make any fast food place also a keto place. With a bit of tweaking and customizing, you can order keto fast food at at any restaurant. Some also serve meals that perfectly fit keto macros. Just make sure to read nutrition labels on the restaurant brochure and learn everything you need to about keto nutrition to stay keto while eating out.