What Should I Order at Restaurants?
Learning how to stay in ketosis is difficult, because it involves eating foods you plan, purchase, and prepare. Then, you find great resources like Leanne Vogel at Healthful Pursuit, and learn all you can about the ketogenic diet, and you start to feel confident. Then, you get invited out to dinner with friends . . . .
The best choice I’ve found at most Mexican restaurants is fajitas. Fajitas offer lots of variety – chicken, steak, or shrimp – grilled with onions and peppers and served with pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. Although it is difficult to forego the warm tortillas, it is possible. Eating grilled meat and vegetables, with so much flavor is wonderful! Think of it this way: tortillas are just a vehicle for the good stuff.
A couple of good options come to mind on the menu for Chinese food: beef and broccoli and string bean chicken. The flavor of each of these dishes is rich and savory, with plenty of texture. At Panda Express, you can even order steamed veggies instead of white, brown, or fried rice. That meal will still cost you around 20 net carbs, but that’s not bad for fast food. Similar dishes can be ordered at any Chinese restaurant or buffet, as well.
Burger joints are tempting for me, because there are French fries to ignore, and that’s tough! Order a lettuce-wrapped burger instead of a bun, if that is an option. Another idea is to order the burger on the bun, and then just eat it like a hamburger steak and avoid the bun. Order your burger with TONS of flavor – sauteed mushrooms and onions, jalapenos, etc. It will be so satisfying, you will conquer the temptation. Fight the urge for buns and fries!
Costco Food Court
Costco has the turkey provolone sandwich on a huge torta roll at their food court. Order this, get a knife and fork, remove the top bun, and enjoy everything off the bottom bun. It is delicious, and the nutrition count I saw was 51g carbs minus the bun at 45g makes 6g carbs in a really delicious fast food sandwich. Or, you could get a hotdog with no bun, and add kraut and mustard. Rumor has it, the salads, even without croutons, are pretty high in carbs–blame the dressing.
Denny’s is great! You can order a hamburger without the bun with steamed veggies instead of fries. You can substitute vegetables for potatoes on platters with steak or chicken entrees. They also have salads as an option. Breakfast all day makes it easy to have a big omelette filled with veggies and bacon or sausage on the side.
It is always a safe bet to choose grilled meat with steamed veggies and/or salad. Remember to avoid sauces and fries, but the hardest part here will be the FREE BREAD with all that butter. If you eat one roll, I promise you will eat 4 or 5. Imagine that bread is going to kill you (because it does, with every delicious bite), and just don’t give in.
Thai food is one of my favorites! On the mainland, lots of Thai places add sugar to their recipes to satisfy the American palette. Fortunately, here in Hawaii, Thai food is very authentic. panang curry with chicken (any curry) or coconut soup are delicious choices! Chicken satay is great, too, and there are salads available on the menu. NOT ordering sticky rice is the challenge for me, but I’m winning.
The ketogenic diet is challenging, and you’re always SURE of food you make at home. However, there are lots of options when you eat out with friends. Do you have ideas to share about eating out? Please comment and share!