Summer is here, lockdowns have eased, and restaurants and pubs are now open for larger groups of friends… your Keto diet should be the last things that stops you from having fun.
Maybe you’re thinking.. just one pizza and beer won’t hurt..
STOP! You don’t have to cheat on your Keto… Keto is a lifestyle, therefore it should be sustainable and that includes nights or days out.
We’re going to share with you our top tips on how to go out, be full to the brim and even enjoy a keto friendly drink!
1. BEFORE YOU GO CHECK THE MENU ONLINE AND PLAN WHAT YOU WILL ORDER.
Ideally, if it’s up to you to choose the restaurant/pub, choose something that has a lot of protein and veggie options. Avoid Pizza and Chinese. You’re looking for something with plenty of protein on the menu. Italian, French, American or Greek… even an unlikely Indian restaurant offers a dry chicken or Kebab style dish.
2. FANCY A DRINK?
Having a drink (or two) is all part of the “going out” experience.
Keto doesn’t mean T-Total; you can absolutely drink alcohol!
WINE and Champagne:
Go for the dry red or white. Dry equals less carbs.. sweet.. well it’s in the name! And if you’re up for something fancy you’ll be glad to know Champagne and Prosecco are both keto friendly.
Watch out for the ones which contain umbrellas and sparklers.. Cocktails often contain syrups.. a big keto no no.. also no tonic.. yes it sounds healthy but contains plenty of sugar..
- Gin with soda and lime
- Vodka with soda and lemon juice
- Rum with soda water, lime juice, and mint
- Straight whiskey Scottish style!
3. GO FOR THE MEAT OR CHEESE PLATTERS
Meat plates on the ‘starter’ menu are ideal for the Keto diet. Just avoid the accompanying breads or crackers.
Stay clear of anything that is “breaded” or “fried” as it’s usually coated in carbs.
Prawn and avocado salad, beef salads, chicken skewers are all good starter options. Just be mindful of the dressings used, ask to swap for olive oil and lemon… you don’t want to increase your carbs for a sneaky dressing!!
4. LETS TALK ABOUT MAINS
Chicken, Steak and Fish are all Keto friendly.
Most restaurants will serve a high protein option… once again watch out for the glaze or sauce, if unsure ask for it to come separately.
5. SOMETHING ON THE SIDE
Go through the menu and look at the side dish options and pick two sides that are Keto friendly.
Green veg, creamed spinach, cauliflower cheese (although check with the restaurant for the ingredients) or salad undressed is always a safe bet and can add a bit of extra colour and flavour to your dish.
6. ASK FOR EXTRA BUTTER OR OIL
Don’t be afraid to ask for extra butter or oil so you can drizzle it on top of your protein and veggies. This will help you get full so you don’t experience food envy when your partner orders a plate of chips or garlic bread ( stay strong, and remember why you’re eating a Keto diet….)
7. BYOD- BRING YOUR OWN DESSERT
We have your back!.
Now not many restaurants will have a Keto friendly dessert…. Unless you want a plate of cream…
So pop a Keto bar in your pocket to stave off any unwanted Tiramisu or Profiterole cravings.
Followed by a few more sips of your gin and soda you will have a full belly and a keto friendly great night out!