What Are Some Keto Friendly Fast Food Options?
Fast food has always been considered bad for health in terms of nutritional value and health benefits. Our relationship with junk food has always been complicated. Even though we know that it can have side effects and might be unsafe to consume, in the long term, we still munch over our favorite fast foods. While on one hand we want to stay healthy, fit and free from diseases by eating only healthy food and doing physical exercise, on the other hand we want to just sit back relaxing with our favorite noodles and pizzas and still don’t want to regret doing so
The fact that foods like noodles and pizzas are junk and unhealthy haunts our idea of being fit and we somehow either kill our cravings or don’t follow a healthy diet which spoils the whole idea of a unique diet. Going both the ways are wrong because neither of them would provide internal satisfaction which is one of the most important elements on a Keto diet, as it helps to maintain mental peace as well. Imagine if someone told you that you can be on a healthy Keto diet and still munch on your favorite junk foods without them being high on calories. Surprised? Well, we’ve got you covered with some amazing healthy fast food options which you just can’t miss eating in and out of your low carb Ketogenic diet.
4 TYPES OF FAST FOOD ON A KETO DIET
1. DARK CHOCOLATE
Dark Chocolate has to be one of the healthiest Keto fast foods ever. Yes you heard that right. In comparison to the other sweet caramelized chocolates, dark chocolates are made of better quality cacao, they contain fiber, fats and proteins as well. Dark chocolate is made from seventy percent (70%) milk and cacao while the rest are sugar and flavors. An added advantage of dark chocolate is that it facilitates weight loss as well and helps to lose weight. The craving for having a dark chocolate can be intense and if you’re craving for it, try to look for dark chocolate bars which contain more than 70% cacao which balances or neutralizes the over sugary coating on the bar and makes it even more healthy and satisfying for the dieter. Dark chocolates are known to trigger the happiness hormone and cure depression, anxiety as well, thus making it a happy go lucky healthy fast food which is good for health as well.
2. LOW CARB BURRITOS
A single burrito wrap can surprisingly contain more than 300 calories and 50 grams of carbs which is against the thumb rule of negligible carbs of the Keto diet as it can cause major hindrances into the process of Ketosis. Since the ketogenic diet is very low in carbs (ideally under 5% of total calories, that counts to not less than 20 grams and not more than 50 grams), one should avoid eating burrito shells and wraps as fast food, on a Ketogenic diet. However, one can still have a delicious burrito bowl in low carbs. You can build a low carb burrito bowl by adding the green leafy vegetables of your choice first and then adding the proteins and fats. However, beans, sweet corn and other veggies high in starch and glucose should be avoided. Keto friendly options such as olives, sliced avocado, sautéed veggies, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, onions and fresh herbs can be used in making the bowl.
3. EGG BASED SNACKS
Eggs are considered to be quite a Keto friendly food. Eggs go with almost every dish whether healthy or junk. Choosing eggs for a fast food option shouldn’t be a tough task because there are many recipes for your rescue. Eggs provide the optimum fats, proteins and other nutrients required by the body. Choosing a keto breakfast option doesn’t have to be difficult. Most fast-food establishments serve eggs, which are a perfect food for those following a ketogenic diet, most restaurants also have a well curated Keto menu with egg made snacks. Not only are eggs high in fat and protein but also they are extremely low in carbs. In fact, one egg contains less than 1 gram of carbs which makes it absolutely Keto friendly. Studies show that around five(5) to six(6) eggs can be consumed in a day on a Keto diet. Although many egg dishes are served with bread or hash browns, it’s easy to make Keto friendly junk with eggs such as egg wraps, egg rolls, egg salad and many more like these.
4. CHICKEN WRAPS/ROLLS/SANDWICHES
Chicken being Keto friendly is one of the biggest blessings for most Keto dieters out there. Imagine it not being optimum for your diet, the Ketogenic diet could have been a nightmare without it. Chicken not only adds to the taste of each and every dish but also adds to your non vegan craving as well. One of the easiest ways to make a keto-friendly lunch or dinner when eating fast food is to keep it simple, chicken has this specialty to adjust itself according to the taste and cuisine. On one hand you can make a tasty curry out of it and on another hand you can add grilled chicken into salad. Similarly you can prepare or order fried chicken rolls, chicken wraps and cheesy chicken sandwiches as fast food. While chicken recipes satisfy our cravings, they also are high in fats and proteins and have less carbs, making them a Keto friendly option to have as junk food. An added advantage with chicken recipes is that you can have them whenever you wish to eat and they won’t even qualify into junk if they’re cooked properly into some good cooking oils such as extra virgin olive oil.
THE BOTTOM LINE
There are endless healthy Keto fast food options that will never make you miss your old diet and you won’t even have to resort to unhealthy pizza, burgers and desserts full of fats, sugar and carbs to satisfy your cravings. These healthy junks are great snacking options and way too nutritious and tasty to be called junk if at all junk means unhealthy and bad for health. Ingredients such as whole wheat flour, cold pressed extra virgin oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, vegan cheese, vegan spices, veggies, breakfast cereals and herbs have the capacity to make any dish healthy and tasty and the above mentioned recipes are great examples of them. Do try out these amazing junk food options and maybe sit back, make your menu items, drink a lot of water for avoiding Keto flu and relax for a day without stressing about extra calories or carb diets on your diet.