Sticking to a low-carb diet when dining out can be hard, especially at fast-food restaurants.
That’s because these meals are often based on bread, tortillas, and other high-carb items.
Still, most fast-food restaurants offer some good low-carb options, and many items can easily be modified to fit your lifestyle.
Here are 14 delicious fast foods you can eat on a low-carb diet.
Submarine sandwiches are very high in carbs. A typical sub has at least 50 grams of carbs, most of which come from the bun.
Ordering your sub “in a tub” (in a bowl or container), rather than on a bun, can save you more than 40 grams of carbs.
The carb counts for sub-in-a-tub options may look something like this:
- Turkey breast and provolone: 8 grams of carbs, 1 of which is fiber
- Club supreme: 11 grams of carbs, 2 of which are fiber
- Chicken salad: 9 grams of carbs, 3 of which are fiber
- California club: 9 grams of carbs, 4 of which are fiber
Although the term “sub in a tub” originated at Jersey Mike’s, you can order your meal this way from any sub sandwich shop, including Subway.
Just request that it be prepared as a salad with olive oil and vinegar for the dressing.
Chipotle is a Mexican fast-food restaurant that has become extremely popular.
Many people consider it healthier than other chains, as it uses high-quality ingredients and emphasizes animal welfare and sustainable farming practices.
Chipotle also makes it very easy to create low-carb meals.
A salad with meat or chicken, grilled vegetables, and guacamole contains 14 grams of total carbs, 8 of which are fiber.
This meal also provides about 30 grams of high-quality protein.
A high protein and fiber intake can increase your production of the gut hormones peptide YY (PYY) and cholecystokinin (CCK), which tell your brain you’re full and help prevent overeating (7, 8Trusted Source).
Though vinaigrette is available, generous servings of guacamole and salsa make salad dressing unnecessary.
Additionally, Chipotle has a helpful online nutrition calculator that allows you to see the exact
A bunless burger wrapped in lettuce is a standard low-carb, fast-food meal. It’s high in protein, essentially carb-free, and available at all fast-food burger establishments.
You can further customize your burger by adding the following low-carb toppings or additions, depending on availability and personal preferences:
- Cheese: Less than 1 gram of carbs per slice
- Bacon: Less than 1 gram of carbs per slice
- Mustard: Less than 1 gram of carbs per tablespoon
- Mayo: Less than 1 gram of carbs per tablespoon
- Onions: 1 gram of digestible carbs per slice
- Tomato: Less than 1 gram of digestible carbs per slice
- Guacamole: 3 grams of digestible carbs per 1/4 cup (60 grams)
Buffalo wings are delicious and fun to eat.
They may also be a low-carb option at pizza places and sports bars, depending on how they’re prepared.
Traditionally, buffalo wings are covered in a spicy red sauce made from vinegar and hot red peppers.
An order of these buffalo wings typically has 0–3 grams of carbs per serving.
By contrast, other sauces can add a significant number of carbs, especially sweet types, such as barbecue, teriyaki, and anything made from honey.
Sometimes the wings are breaded or battered and fried, which is especially common for boneless wings. Therefore, be sure to ask how the wings are made and order yours with no breading or batter.