Eating out on keto can be a challenge when you first start living a ketogenic lifestyle. Once you develop the skills of ‘ketofying’ a meal, you will be able to go out for a nice meal with your partner, group of friends or family with ease.
Eating out on Keto
Being social is a really important part of life and you want to be able to continue to be a comfortable part of your social network whilst incorporating your new lifestyle. With these tips and advice you will find it easy to navigate eating out.
In this guide you will find:
- General tips
Research – Before making a decision about a place that you want to eat out at, check their menu online. Most restaurants have a website these days and we find we won’t choose a place now if we can’t view the menu before going. Knowing your options before you go reduces the risk of nothing being available for you to eat.
Substitutions – Try swapping out the carb portion of a meal for a more keto friendly option. For example, ask for steamed vegetables or a salad in place of potato or pasta.
Ask for the carbs to not come with the meal – When ordering we will often need to ask for no potato or no bread. It is so much easier to avoid those carbs if they simply don’t come on the plate.
Side of green veg/salad – Order a side of salad or green vegetables to supplement your meal.
Add Butter – Sometimes a meal when eating out can lack some fat. If your meal choice seems to lack some fat, ask for a side dish of butter. I love to dip green vegetables into butter, or pour some over fish or steak, if it doesn’t come with a sauce.
Drinks – Water is the safest option, but it is also really boring. We like to jazz things up with some sparkling mineral water, rebels I know! We have never been big drinkers, so don’t miss alcohol and are happy enough to not order it. On occasion Dan will have a beer, low carb of course. Check out our alcoholic drinks guide for the best keto alcoholic drink options.
Asking questions – This is something we really struggled with at the start. We never wanted to be the person asking 100 questions when we order. Well, we had to get over that. We are foodies and like to eat out and didn’t want to lose that. Don’t be afraid to ask what is in something and don’t assume something can’t be made keto, as often it can.
Be polite to staff – This can be the key to keto and eating out. We have found 99% of people have been happy to accommodate our questions and requests. I think this is all down to being nice and friendly with all staff from the start.
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