Who doesn’t love a good bit of fast food now and then? Whether you’re a seasoned Keto veteran or just trying out the wonderful keto diet lifestyle, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of fast food here and there.
The challenge, however, lies in finding the right keto fast food options that scratch the fast food itch. Luckily, it turns out that’s not too hard to do, depending on if you’re looking for a keto fast food breakfast, lunch or maybe just a quick snack.
Read on for some of your best options when looking for keto fast food!
Making sure your fast food is actually keto proof
If you’re not yet familiar with the keto diet, or you would like a small reminder: the ketogenic diet is all about low-carb, high-fat. Even though there are quite some variations, this is the basic rule to keep in mind when looking for keto fast food options.
Of course, fast food is all about carbs, so pay extra attention when going for keto fast food. Things like bread, rice, and noodles should obviously be avoided, but be extra careful of hidden carbs (like the sugar content in ketchup sauce, for example).
Which fast food joints have decent keto options?
Plenty of fast food places have some sort of keto option available. Sometimes it’s just a matter of picking the right one of the menu, at other times you’ll have to put together the keto dish yourself.
The following fast food restaurants have at least one keto option available:
- In-N-Out Burger
- Burger King
- Taco Bell
There are obviously more fast food chains than the ones listed above. However, we listed the most popular ones that offer a decent keto meal. If you want to branch out, applying the basic rules of keto allows you to select or create keto fast food options almost anywhere.
Keto Options at Chipotle
Chipotle is one of the more keto-proof ones in this list. It’s actually very easy to make your Chipotle bowl keto: just make sure to get rid of the rice and the beans.Chipotle’s “Supergreens Salad Mix” is the perfect replacement. Oh, and you’ll want to leave out the corn salsa too.
Your Best Bets for Eating Keto at Wendy’s
Your local Wendy’s has some nice low-carb salads on the menu, ready to go for anyone living the keto lifestyle. But let’s be honest here; you wouldn’t normally head to Wendy’s for just a salad, would you?
Unfortunately, to enjoy one of Wendy’s other options like a grilled chicken sandwich or even The Baconator, you’ll have to give up the bun. Still that’s a small sacrifice for a delicious keto fast food meal. Again, be wary of the ketchup as well – it has lots of sugar (which means: carbs!).
The Best Keto Fast Food at KFC
You might be thinking; “Chicken! We’re good to go!”. Hold back just a minute there. Even though KFC’s main ingredient – chicken – is indeed keto-friendly, their famous batter is not. Every piece gets fried in this, adding a lot (relatively speaking) of carbs to every bite of tasty chicken.
But there’s another option; grilled chicken (versus the fried version). Order yourself some grilled chicken with a side of green beans, and you’ve got a completely keto-friendly fast food dish from the Colonel himself!
Eating Keto at In-N-Out Burger
Looking for a good keto option at In-N-Out? They’ve got you covered! It’s actually really easy: just order any burger “protein-style”, and you buns will be swapped out for two pieces of lettuce. According to their “secret menu”, you can also order a “Flying Dutchman”, which is just two pieces of burger meat with cheese. Wash your hands afterwards!
Our Favorite Keto Options at Burger King
Ah yes, the home of the Whopper. As with most burgers, making this iconic meal keto-friendly is not complicated. Just remove the bun and ketchup, and you’re good to go.
Keto Fast Food at Subway
What’s in a name? Well, for Subway it’s a Sub – and that’s what you need to get rid of. Your best bet for keto fast food options at Subway is staying away from the subs all together and going for a fresh, healthy salad.
You can also choose to have your favorite subs turned into a salad! Just make sure to avoid meatballs and sugary sauces. Enjoy your sub-salad!
The Best Keto Options at Taco Bell
To eat keto at Taco Bell, you’ll have to stick to the sides. Meaning, no main dishes. However, their menu is highly customizable, so in the end it should not be a problem to come up with the keto-friendly cheesy meat fest that you’re looking for.
As we said above for Chipotle; choose a bowl and replace the beans and rice with some lettuce and guacamole. You’ll have a nice fast food dish meal with quite some protein and fat to keep you going.
Which Menu has the Best Keto Fast Food Options?
As you can see, most fast food joints have something nice to offer in terms of keto-friendly menu options. Either they offer a nice keto dish, or it’s up to you to create one – but most of the time you’ll be able to join your non-keto buddies to any fast food joint and you won’t be leaving hungry!
What’s your favorite Keto Fast Food meal? Let us know in the comments!