Have you ever wondered whether you can really eat at fast food joints and stay low carb? It seems that a lot of people ask themselves this, so we decided to find out how simple it is to grab something quick and convenient to eat in popular fast food chains in the U.S.
I have several years of experience in the fast-food innovation business which, combined with my real passion for food, would help me discover whether there are truly tasty and healthy low-carb options out there in the fast-food industry. Here’s the result of my investigation – the top 11 fast-food places for low-carb or keto.
This is how it was done.
I walked in to a restaurant and asked a team member what I could eat if I was trying to avoid eating carbs. In some places they understood my question, and in other places they didn’t. If they didn’t, I reframed the question and asked what I could eat if I didn’t want to eat gluten. Then they all helped out. I have seen a growing trend in knowledge among people in general when it comes to understanding the impact of eating and drinking carbs.
I didn’t set any budget for the orders: my mission was to find low-carb fast-food options that would satisfy hunger when needed.I have also rated the meals on a 5-point scale where I look at the following factors:
- Food ingredient quality
- Value for money
- Overall impression of the dish
Here is my guide to 11 places that you normally wouldn’t think of visiting if you’re on a low-carb journey. Some are better than others, but it is possible to stick to your low-carb diet in all the places listed. Read on to find out which were best!
Good salads; very dry burgers.
If I compare the fresh burger you get wrapped up in lettuce at In-N-Out for $3.95 with an unwrapped, bun-less, square-shaped, dry one at Wendy’s for $4.79, it’s a no-brainer. But their salads are actually pretty good and the chicken I got at Wendy’s tasted better than the nuggets I got at Chick-fil-A. The salads are generous, taste good and will fill you up for a while. The only bad news is that is not an easy task to get the dressing on all the salad since it can’t be tossed in because of the very small trays.
Taco Bell is known for its creative marketing and low prices. But is that going to help if I’m hungry? They do have a naked taco on the menu that is a fried egg instead of the regular carb-filled taco shell. I had to give it a try.
Starbucks is an amazing story of success and I love it. Most of their drinks are a total carb-load but it is easy to navigate around this. Plus, as many of you probably know, low carb food at Starbucks has not been a priority… until now!
The good news is, you can follow a keto diet anywhere (yes, even at fast food places) as long as you know what and how to order.
This keto fast food guide will show you exactly what’s available at the top keto-friendly fast food restaurants, how to order, and how many carbs each option contains so you can dine out confidently.
Remember, though: just because it’s keto doesn’t mean it’s high-quality. Fast food is still fast food; it’s the quality and nutrient-density of what you eat that determines your long-term health.
If you find you’re eating keto fast food every day, you may want to reevaluate your diet. This keto meal plan can help you get back on track.
But if you’re only eating keto fast food on occasion, either for convenience or as an indulgence, you don’t have much to worry about — and you have a surprising number of good options.