How to Choose Low Carb in Restaurants
Do you find you avoid eating out because you are afraid of going off your low carb program? You don’t have to. It’s not so hard eating low carb in restaurants providing you know the right questions to ask, what to look for and what products are absolutely not allowed.
Bread, breading, pasta, rice and potatoes are big No No’s on a low carb diet. Ask your server to substitute these with extra veggies or salad. Watch for breading on chicken and other meats as well as chicken wings. You can order them un-breaded. Order hamburgers without the bun and see if they will wrap it in lettuce, or simply eat it without the bun. Breakfast can be any style of eggs (fried, scrambled, omelette’s etc) with bacon but hold the potatoes and toast. Ask for sliced tomatoes or other veggies instead. Watch sausage as it often has bread fillers. Fast food can be eaten but again hamburgers without the bun. Have a nice salad with chicken breast (not breaded). Bring your own salad dressing which is made up of MCT oil and regular vinegar with spices. Most fast food restaurants offer acceptable meals for low carbers.
As far as drinks, you can have a glass of wine (preferably red as it is lower carb) or any liquor (gin, rum, vodka etc) with club soda and lemon, or water. I am not a fan of diet pop as it is laden with aspartame which is extremely toxic. If you must have pop purchase Zevia which uses stevia for a sweetener instead of aspartame and other artificial sweeteners. No beer or cocktails as they are too high in carbs/sugar.
Most restaurants don’t have low carb/sugar desserts so you may want to pack your own if you must have some. Most restaurants won’t mind if you tell them you are on a strict diet. So go out and eat!