It’s is always better to make your own food, to know exactly what you put on your plate. But there is always a time where you have no other option than fast food.
Opening the door of a fast-food restaurant doesn’t have to be a dreadful experience if you are on a keto diet.
Yes, most items on the menu are carb-loaded, but there are always some less-known options that are keto-friendly sometimes with just a few changes!
Let me tell you what these changes are and how you can turn your family’s favorite fast food into a keto-friendly meal.
Most fast-food restaurant food is high in carbs, high in fat. So, if you find a way to drop the carbs, it becomes keto-friendly quite easily!
Here are the few ingredients that you absolutely need to ditch on a keto diet:
There are still many things you can order in fast food restaurants on a keto diet!
The following ingredients are perfectly keto-friendly:
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Did you know you can still eat a burger on a keto diet?
Here’s the anatomy of a perfectly keto-friendly burger.
You can eat it because you’ve replaced all the high-carb ingredients with low-carb ones.
Here are all the common replacements you can make:
Now that you know the basics, let’s have a look at what keto-friendly food you can have at specific fast-food restaurants!
Below is the list of the top American fast-food chains, and some of the top Australian, UK, and New Zealand fast foods!
First, let me tell you that Mcdonald’s have a Nutrition Calculator on their site. Since they change their recipes regularly, make sure to double-check the data!
To make your favorite Macdonald’s burger keto-friendly, order it bunless or wrapped in lettuce.
There’s nothing keto-friendly at the McCafe.
Starbucks has a handy online menu with full nutrition however their calculator doesn’t take into account your modifications. So if you choose Almond Milk, it’ll still show the carbs for regular milk.
Everything else should be avoided as it can climb all the way up to 100g of Net Carbs!
Subway has a nutrition calculator available on its website. It comes without saying that all subs and wraps are not keto-friendly, just because of the bread.
Taco Bell has an application that allows you to tweak the food you order. Their kiosks are slightly less sophisticated so you might not be able to build a keto-friendly meal.
To eat keto at Taco Bell, remove any potatoes, any bean, rice, and any tortilla or bread.
Chick-Fil-A has a few keto-friendly options without modifications. But to experience the full taste, opt for lettuce-wrapped chicken!
To make your Chick-Fil-A meal keto-friendly, remove
Wendy’s has a very handy ordering application online and on their mobile apps where you can add or remove ingredients.
To make your burger keto-friendly at Wendy’s removed the carb-loaded sauces, the buns, and any battered ingredients (onion rings, etc.)
Avoid any sides, except for the Garden Salad (not Crispy). Drop the bun on any beef burger, and remove tomato sauce and tomatoes. Stay away from the chicken burgers (they are all battered).
Once you do that, the bunless beef burger all options come down to less than 7g net carbs.
You can also pick from the beef breakfast menu, but remove the bun, muffin, toast, or croissant and the “cheese biscuit”.
Not that you can’t order a bunless burger from the website, you have to do it on site.
All donuts are off-limits (made with wheat flour). You can pick some of their sandwiches, as long as you remove the muffin, croissant, toast, wrap, or bagel.
When it comes to drinks, make sure to order your coffee with Almond Milk and no syrups or swirl.
All of Domino’s pizzas are unfortunately loaded in carbs, because of the bread.
One option to eat keto at Domino’s is to order a pizza without the base, just cooked on a plate.
Dominos Pizza toppings to avoid: Pizza Sauce, Honey BBQ Sauce, Hearty Marinara Sauce, Extra Cheese, Pineapple, BBQ Chicken, Diced Tomatoes, Garlic.
The other option is to go for their “other” menu, which includes salads, chicken, and sandwiches.
Panera Bread offers a fully customizable ordering menu on its website. You can change all the ingredients in any of the menu items, so it’s quite easy to make anything keto-friendly!
However, the website doesn’t indicate the nutrition details on the menu, impossible to know how many carbs are in your meal unless you dif in the nutrition pdf.
Just like any other Pizza store, it’s quite challenging to eat Keto at Pizza Hut. You can order a bread-less pizza, some salads.
Chipotle has a handy online application where you can fully customize your meals and review the nutrition information for all your modifications. It’s therefore very easy to tailor your meal to your exact macros!
In a nutshell, avoid any bread (taco, burrito, quesadilla). Opt for a Burrito Bowl, a Salad, or a Lifestyle Bowl!
Chipotle is also the first large fast-food chain to offer a Keto option! The Keto Salad Bowl. They also have a Keto Bowl made with Cauliflower rice. Be aware that it contains 10g of Net Carbs and 43g of protein, which might take a large chunk of your daily macros!
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