Italian: When you think of Italian food, you think of pasta, sauces, and bread. There is nothing low-carb about any of that. So when you are eating out on the keto diet, how do you stay low-carb? You plan ahead and learn what you can eat. Here are some foods that will keep your carb count low at an Italian restaurant:
Carpaccio: This is raw thin-sliced beef or fish with olive oil and veggies.
Minestrone: Ask for no to limited pasta.
Caprese Salad: Enjoy mozzarella, tomato, and basil leaves.
Italian Salad: This is normally chopped greens with olives and veggies.
Veal: Order it unbreaded and served with vegetables.
Meatballs and sauce: Forego the pasta.
- Coffee or tea for dessert
These are just some of the good options for staying low-carb at an Italian restaurant. The main thing is to avoid the starches and control your portions. Skip the dessert and have a nice cup of coffee or tea instead.
Mexican: There are options that will keep your carbs low when you dine at a Mexican restaurant. Pass on the chips or tortillas and definitely skip the margarita. You don’t want to eat starchy foods such as rice, beans, or potatoes. So what can you eat?
Here are a few suggestions of what to order:
Guacamole: Don’t eat chips, but order a side of veggies.
Pico de gallo: This fresh salsa will give your food some flavor without the carbs.
Salad: Order without the tortilla bowl and replace starchy veggies with meat or cheese.
Tortilla-less fajitas: Ask for lettuce wraps for your steak or chicken and add guacamole and fresh salsa for flavor.
Tequila: Avoid margaritas but have tequila straight or on the rocks.
Most importantly, know what you can and should eat. Avoiding starches such as tortillas and chips is a given but many tasty Mexican foods will be absolutely fine.
Asian: You can find low-carb dishes at an Asian restaurant. Definitely avoid the rice and noodles, breaded meat, and heavy sauces. However, many dishes made with light sauces, meat, and vegetables won’t create a problem at all.
Try the following dishes at an Asian restaurant:
- Egg drop soup
Meat and vegetable combinations with thin sauces (Moo Goo Gai Pan or Curry Chicken)
Egg foo yung (no gravy)
- Mongolian barbeque
In addition, you can ask your server if he or she knows what the low-carb options are. Order your sauces on the side, and research the menu before you go. Ask your server what the chef recommends and you just might discover a new favorite.
Indian: Indian food is delicious and you can certainly eat some dishes and stay on your keto diet. As with all cuisines, avoid breads, rice, and starchy vegetables. In addition, try to order your sauces on the side. You will need to avoid appetizers (most are high carb), but you can enjoy the following dishes:
Chicken soup: Enjoy chicken broth mildly spiced with curry.
Kachumber Salad: This salad is made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives.
- Chicken or vegetable curry: Watch how much sauce you use.
- Tandoor clay oven items: Choose lamb, chicken, or shrimp.
- Karahi: This can be any meat cooked with onion, green pepper, tomato, ginger, and garlic in a Kadai masala herb.
- Makhani: This can be vegetables, tofu, or paneer cooked in a tandoor with buttercream and mild curry.
Masala chai tea: Enjoy a black tea made with Indian spices and herbs.