If you are a low carb diet, you might be wondering what are the best low carb fast food options for you? Let’s face it, as much as I would like to avoid fast food, it is convenient. After a long day of work and wrestling kids, I sometimes go for quick and easy, and fast food drive-thru’s mean no cooking and I don’t even have to get out of the car. If you are a mom I am sure you will understand what I mean! So let me share some low carb fast food options that can work for you if you are following a low carb diet.
These food options at fast food are low carb and will help you to have that convenient meal but not sacrifice your dedication and work to your diet. Don’t worry about going over your carbs, just plan ahead and know what to order at your favorite fast food chains and keep working hard on your diet.
Best Low Carb Fast Food Options
You might live near a Subway, Jimmy John’s or other fast food sandwich shops. Those sandwiches are pretty packed full of carbs from the bread. Consider doing a no bread option. Skip the bread and reach for salt and pepper to add flavor to your meat, cheese, and veggies. Or a little splash of oil or vinegar. Or some chains offer salads, in that case, go that route. Load up on veggies and meat, and then pick a light dressing or no dressing. I love ordering the unwrap from Jimmy John’s, it’s any of their sandwiches, wrapped in lettuce, yum!
The same thing goes for this fast-food chain. Order a burger or the grilled chicken and get it without a bun. Steer clear of things that are battered and fried like nuggets, strips, or crispy chicken sandwiches. They will normally have no problem accommodating your needs. A McDouble from McDonald’s with no bun and no ketchup is just 4g net carbs. If you do get ketchup to add 1 net carb to your total. Below are a few examples of what to expect from their burgers or grilled chicken at a variety of fast food chains.
- Grilled Chicken Sandwich from Wendy’s – No bun = 5g net carbs
- Low Carb Charbroiled Chicken Club Sandwich from Hardees – No bun = 7g net carbs
- Baconator from Wendy’s – No bun = 4g net carbs
- Double-double Protein Style from In and Out = No Bun = 8 g net carbs
- McDouble from McDonald’s – No Bun or Ketchup = 4 g net carbs
You can even ask them to wrap your meat in a piece of lettuce to make it taste more like a wrap.
KFC, Popeye’s, Chick-Fil-A all have options. Order grilled chicken and skip any battered and fried options. For sides go for items like green beans, or a side salad. Items like coleslaw do have more carbs than other sides as it has sugar in it to help break down the cabbage.
- Grilled chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A = 2g net carbs
- Grilled market salad from Chick-Fil-A = 11 g net carb
- Blackened Chicken Tenders from Popeye’s = 2g net carbs
- Bonafide chicken legs from Popeye’s= 4 g net carbs
Mexican Low Carb Fast Food Options
With the Mexican fast food places, you do have some variety. While their tortillas normally are not low-carb don’t throw in the towel you have options! Chipotle, Taco Bell and other Tex-Mex places will have options for anyone following a low carb option.
Chipotle | Pick a protein, reach for mozzarella or jack, lettuce, guacamole, and salsa. Stay away from items like rice that are full of carbs. Make a bowl so you can pick the items you want, and skip the tortilla.
Taco Bell | You used to be able to order just meat and such as a side but most stores stopped this. So when you order a burrito or taco, either take it out of the shell yourself or say no shell. Look for items like meat, cheese (feel free to skip), guacamole, and such.
When you go to a fast food just be aware of what is inside. Skip the bread or wraps and just eat the fillings. Make sure you are aware of the condiments and think would I eat that like this at home? Eating out doesn’t have to be hard, just plan and tackle it.