15 Fast Food & Fast Casual Chains With Delicious Keto-Friendly Options
It’s not always easy to craft a tasty home-cooked keto meal. Perhaps the stress of day-to-day life has conflicted with your astute meal-planning habits. Or maybe you’re on a long road trip where fast food is not only customary but, quite frankly, one of few options. Or maybe — just maybe — you are completely over the same chicken breast and broccoli lunch you’ve prepared five times this week and are craving the efficiency (and grease) that only a fast food meal can truly supply. Luckily, many adaptable fast food menus provide keto-friendly options that are quick, easy, and low-carb. Oh, and delicious.
For anyone unfamiliar, a ketogenic diet — also known as the keto diet — is a low-carb, high-fat diet that many rely on for weight loss and health purposes. By drastically reducing one’s carb intake, a keto diet shifts the body into what is known as a ketosis, a metabolic state where fat is burned for energy rather than typical carbohydrates. When done correctly, a keto diet can have surprising health benefits… all while upping your bacon intake. And what food group is more bacon-friendly than fast food? The two unexpectedly compatible in ways usually reserved for romantic comedies.
To get the most bang for your ketogenic buck at the drive-thru, hit these 14 joints. Hold the bread.
El Pollo Loco
El Pollo Loco is jumping onto the keto diet with a new menu item that has plenty of flavor without all the carbs: El Pollo Loco Fit Bowls. There are three bowls to choose from: Double Chicken & Avocado, Double Chicken & Queso Fresco, and Double Chicken & Mango. Each features fire-grilled chicken on a bed of spinach, lettuce, and red cabbage with additional, varying salsas. As a bonus, the Double Chicken & Mango bowl also happens to be paleo-friendly.
It’s easy to make a Chipotle bowl keto appropriate; just swap out your rice and beans for Chipotle’s brand new supergreens and get yourself a hearty and satisfying salad. You can even add a dollop of guac to get those healthy fats you need in a ketogenic diet and throw on some queso for extra richness. In fact, Chipotle launched a bowl specifically for those participating in keto that has those exact ingredients. Either way, forgo the corn salsa — the tomato salsa is a better choice — and you’ll be good to go.