How to Navigate Your Keto Diet While Dining on Restaurants

A common questions “How to Navigate Your Keto Diet While Dining in Restaurants” need to be addressed.

Navigating a Keto diet while you are on journey or anywhere at restaurant. This is very panic for Keto diet lovers. So, In this article, we’ll discuss that how to navigate your Keto diet while dining in restaurants. The list of topics that will be discussed in this article are given here.

  1. Keto Diet at Buffet Restaurants
  2. Learn to Find Keto Diet at Friends’ Home or Relative’s Place
  3. Keto Diet at Fast Food Restaurants
  4. Happy Hour
  5. Lunch at the Workplace
  6. Useful Tips for Keto Diet Lovers at Parties and Gathering

The world is now a global village. We are in touch with our friends and families 24 hours via multiple channels of communications including social media and cell phones, etc. Whatever is happening in the world anywhere at any time, the information will be in our access within a couple of seconds.

Why We Need to Answer this Question?

There was a time when the way of living life was very simple. No concept of innovation and advancement was there. But the globalization of the world changed the culture of societies. Nowadays modernism is coming in each field of life. This innovation and advancement did not remain to the extent of technology, but also our food. Today societal life is centered on food. We witness millions of people enjoying fast foods in parties, outings, and gatherings with each other.

So are you missing parties, outings, gatherings, superb launch and dinners with your friends? Just because of just you are on Keto diet? Isn’t an option for you to enjoy Keto diet even you are on outings, at parties or at get together with your friends? If you think this, you are wrong. Let’s know that how to navigate your Keto Diet while dining in restaurants.

Get ready for a Keto diet even you are anywhere at any time. Get ready for yummy and delicious meals! Whether you are having fun with your friends in a meal out, planning a delicious lunch at a restaurant with colleagues, or mapped a dinner at your own home.

If you are new to Keto diet, then before going into further details, it would necessary to let you introduce with Keto diets.

How to Navigate Your Keto Diet While Dining in Restaurants
A Beautiful View of Keto Diet with Red Tomatoes in a Restaurant

A Short Intro of Keto Diet

Keto diet is a low-carbohydrate and high-fat foods. When you eat a Keto diet, it removes glucose from your body, burns the fats into Ketones and uses them as a source of energy. Thus a Keto diet prevents you from various health issues and diseases such as for overweight, heart and liver diseases, and diabetes, etc.

We’ll guide you that how to navigate your Keto Diet while dining in restaurants. And how you can keep low-carb and high-fat foods even you are anywhere?

Keto Diet at Buffer’s Restaurant

The most beautiful aspect of buffets is the plentiful choices of multiple dishes. Yes! You can choose your favorite dish. To become wise and pick a low-carbohydrate and sugar-free dish. No need to get confused or feel hesitant. Choose a Keto diet based dish. But remember not to overeat.

Get your Mind Clear and Confusion-free:

When you are waiting for opening the buffet, keeps your mind clear and confusion-free regarding the selection of dishes. If there is no option of pre-menu or no way to determine the dishes available in the buffet, simply set some basic rules.

  • I’ll not pick any dish that is high-carb and not sugar-free.
  • Avoid putting sugar, grains, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, rice, bread, pasta, wheat and ice-cream on your plate.
Focus on Low-Carb and High-Fat Food:

Enjoy all dishes containing low-carbs and high-fats. The following are all those meals that you can choose from the buffet.

How to Navigate Your Keto Diet While Dining in Restaurants
Focus on Low-Carb and High-Fat Food

Vegetables:

Leafy Greens, Peppers, Cauliflower, Onions, Celery, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Eggplant.

Meat & Poultry:

Chicken (Avoid breaded chicken), venison, Turkey, Organ meats and Grass-fed beef.

Fish:

Trout, Herring, Mackerel and Wild Salmon.

Dairy Food:

Cream, Goat cheese, full-fat yogurt (Avoid sweetened yogurt and Ice-cream), Cheddar, Butter, Mozzarella.

Nuts and Seeds:

Walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Almonds, Peanuts, Pecans, and Macadamia nuts.

Condiments:

Lemon Juice, Herbs, and Spices, Salt, Salad dressings, Vinegar and Mayonnaise.

Beverages:

Flax Milk, Water, Almond, coffees, Bone broth and unsweetened teas.

Avoid Over Food in Plate

Keep some breathing place in your plate. Don’t fill it with too much food. Never blame on Chef if you ate more. In the buffet, you are free for the selection and quantity of food. So avoid filling your plate with an excessive meal. Everyone wants to taste all foods that are available at the buffet, so if you want the same, get every food in very little quantity. If you feel hungrier, you can go back and get more food. But remember! Never crowd your plate with too much food. If you are on a diet and trying to lose weight, then take a little meal. Avoid overeating. If you eat more than the normal routine, then skip the next meal.

Enjoy with Others:

Keep your discussion continues with colleagues while eating. Eat-in a very comfortable way. Drink water and sip your unsweetened tea/coffee. No need to tell anyone that you are drinking tea without sugar. If anyone invites you to eat some high-carb food, say “No thank you” confidently. Never create such an impression on your face that others feel why you are not eating so and so food. Don’t stress. Have fun. Eat comfortably whatever you are eating. When you feel satisfied, then leave your table.

Keto Diet at Friend’s Home or Relative’s Place

If you are invited to a party at your friend’s home or any function/ceremony going to take place at relative’s places, then you can adopt the following measures.

Be in Touch with Hosts:

As precautionary measures, let share your food preferences with party hosts. Thus, the party host will manage a meal for you as you are required. If you strictly following the Keto diet, you can tell party hosts what food he/she should manage for you.

However if you are new on Keto diet and keep it a secret, then make an excuse to your friend or relative with some well-meaning reasons. You can say that “I’ll be not here on that day because going abroad or another city due to a business meeting.” Moreover, you can also excuse that “the doctor advised me to take rest and avoid eating any kind of solid food due to stomach issues”. You can make an excuse for telling your friends about your critical health condition, etc.

Eat Low-Carb Snacks Before Leaving For Party:

If it is necessary for you to participate in a friend’s gathering or party arranged by relatives, then eat some fatty snacks before you leave for gathering. This will make easier for you to eat a little quantity of high-carb foods (if low-carb food isn’t available). However, if foods containing low-cars are available then you must enjoy that. The following are the 21 low-carbs snacks that you can eat at home before you leave for the party.

Eat Low-Carb Snacks
Eat Low-Carb Snacks
  1. Sesame Crispbread.
  2. Keto garlic bread.
  3. Zucchini chips.
  4. Cheese roll-ups.
  5. Kale chips.
  6. Bacon-wrapped halloumi cheese.
  7. Salad sandwiches.
  8. Baked cheese.
  9. Onion rings.
  10. Creamy Keto shrimp tacos.
  11. Keto quesadillas.
  12. Egg muffins.
  13. Tortilla Pizza.
  14. Low-carb granola bars.
  15. Salami and cheese chips.
  16. Baked mini bell peppers.
  17. Cheddar cheese & bacon rolls.
  18. Caprese snacks.
  19. Low-carb cream cheese with herbs.
  20. Kale chips.
  21. Baked cheese.
Your Health is More Important So Be Wise:

Your health is more important than any other thing. If your health is good, you can enjoy a lot and do what you want. But if you lost your health, you can’t enjoy your life. So be wise in such gathering and parties.

I witnessed that peoples eat liberally at parties and marriage functions or other oceans. But you are on the Keto diet. So prefer crispy coating on fried chicken, instead of French fries. If there is not such a single dish that falls in the Keto diet plan, then feel no hesitation to contact with party hosts and request him to make some alternative food arrangement for you if possible easily.

Generally, it has been observed that the meal is presented at parties at the tables. If such a situation happens and the food is of high-carbs, then leave it untouched. Remember! Your health is more important instead to follow the “clean plate rule”.

Keto Diet at Fast Food’s Place

For Keto diet lovers, there are multiple options in the category of fast foods. Before details, I recommend you to visit these 11 fast food shops for best and international standard food with low-carbs and high-fat.

  1. Starbucks
  2. Subway
  3. McDonald’s & Burger King
  4. Sonic Drive-In
  5. Taco Bell
  6. Five Guys
  7. Chick-Fil-A
  8. Chipotle
  9. Wendy’s
  10. KFC
  11. Pei Wei Asian

Here we add some of the fast-food that you can opt and enjoy even you are on the Keto diet.

Large Salad:

Order Chicken Caesar Salad. Add some yummy low-carbohydrates topping like cheese, olives, grilled chicken (avoid breaded chicken), hard-boiled eggs and ham, etc. Pour on vinegar and Olive Oil. Prefer Caesar and blue cheese dressing. Keep away from sweet dressing including poppy seed, honey mustard, balsamic vinaigrette and French, etc. Add tea or coffee. Request the waiter for whipping butter or cream to add fats.

Large Salad
Large Salad

Burger:

Select a burger but discard the bun. Load up on toppings such as tomato, sprouts, cheese, and bacon. Stay away from regular mustard and ketchup. If you are feeling hungry, double down on patty.

You can also choose sweet mustard and honey mustard. Ask the waiter for fast-food grilled chicken (avoid fried or breaded chicken). Enjoy chicken in the company of salad, ask for sandwiches and veggie sides. Choose low-carb vegetables such as broccoli and green beans. Avoid choosing higher-carb vegetables like corn, baked beans, and sweet potatoes.

Burger
Burger
Asian:

Ask for a brown sauce made dish. Stir-fries made with low-carb vegetables (Mushrooms, Peppers, Eggplants, Cauliflower, Broccoli, Tomatoes, Onion, and Leafy Greens), Meats (Grass-fed beef, Organ meats, Turkey, Venison and grilled chicken) and Fish (Trout, Herring, Mackerel and Wild Salmon). Avoid rice. You can also enjoy cabbage and sautéed green beans.

Enjoy your food with coconut oil which is a monstrous source of fats.  If coconut oil isn’t available, you can use sesame, peanut and Olive oil. You can order Chop Suey and crispy Duck (avoid getting sweet sauce). Shirataki noodles and Chicken lettuce wraps are also the best meal containing low-carbohydrates.

Indian:

If you are low-carb eaters, ask for ghee. Ghee is pure butter and the best source of fat. You can use ghee to any dish that you cook. Buy curries and kebabs, meat in creamy sauces along with the tandoori dish. However, you must avoid rice and naan. You can order salad or raita. Raita is a fully fat diet with low-carb and high-fat components. It includes butter, onion, and other low-carb vegetables.

Mexican:

For Mexican based Keto-diet users, there are various options for them. Order burrito bowl. Chicken, Steak, and barbacoa all are the best options. You can also enjoy onion and peppers. Load on topping with sour cream, cheese, salsa, guacamole, and meat. Some new Mexican fast food options are providing Keto bowls based on lettuce rather than rice and beans. The other low-carb fast foods for Mexican include Chicken mole, Fajitas, chili Verde and carne asada.

Happy Hour

Let’s make a happy hour on the weekend with low-carb wine and clear liquors.

Following are recommended for Keto-Diet Users:

Clear Liquors:

Enjoy clear liquors that contain totally zero carbohydrates such as vodka, tequila, and gin, etc.

Dry White Wines:

Dry white wines enclose with carbohydrates of 3-5 gram per 5-ounce glass. For example pinot grigio, champagne, sauvignon blanc, etc.

Dry Red Wines:

Dry white wines enclose with carbohydrates of 3-5 gram per 5-ounce glass. For example pinot grigio, champagne, sauvignon blanc, etc.

Following are strictly prohibited if you are a Keto-Diet user:

Beers:

Beers containing gluten is strictly prohibited for Keto diet user. Beer is a very high-carb drink.

Premade frozen and Mixed Drinks:

Premade frozen drinks, as well as mixed drinks, are prohibited because both are sugar-based.

Tonic Water:

Tonic Water is full of sugar that’s why it is not appropriate for Keto diet users.

Workplace Lunches

If you are habitual of bringing meals with you at the workplace, be detective and conscious regarding food. Here are a few tips for you to make low-carbs but healthy foods.

  • Choose foods that are low-carb and high-fats. The low-carb vegetables include Celery, Eggplant, Broccoli, Onions, Cauliflower, Peppers and Leafy greens.
  • You can bring nuts and seeds to your workplace. The low-carb and high-fat nuts and seeds include pecans, peanuts, flaxseeds, macadamia nuts, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.
  • Keep away from cashews and chocolate-covered nuts. Similarly stay away from citrus fruits, bananas, grapes, dried fruits, and pineapple.
  • In condiments, you can enjoy mayonnaise, lemon juice, salad dressing, herbs, and spices. But to avoid maple syrup, sauces, sweet dipping, and kinds of ketchup.
  • In beverages, enjoy almond, flax milk, and hot water but avoid sports drinks, sweetened tea, and soda.

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