Food courts have become a common food environment for most of us. Whether we are at work during lunchtime, or just out and about at the shops. We are now having one or more take away meals per week. Whilst we definitely don’t recommend ordering takeaway often, we understand that sometimes we might not have the time to cook.
What’s great is that finding a low carb option at the food court has become much easier in the last few years. It is a pain at times when some places charge you more when you are asking for less, but you can still find a budget-friendly option.
Let’s take a look at some healthier options available at fast food restaurants and other healthy takeaway foods.
Low Carb, Keto Friendly Fast Food Options
- Grill’d – Bunless burger or naked burger is the way to go here. This helps to reduce your carb intake and get extra greens as many places use lettuce instead. Try to opt for a lower calorie sauce too.
- Le Wrap – With a wide range of options, we recommend the chicken or beef salad bowls or plate (without rice). This is packed with protein, veggies and minimal carbs. Keep dressing light, such as lemon olive oil.
- Mad Mex or GYG – When craving Mexican food, choose the Naked Burrito or Fajita Bowl, and ask for no rice and no beans. Add extra meat, cheese, sour cream and guac, because mmmm guacamole 😀 Even without the wrap, a burrito bowl will fill you up more than you’d expect.
- McDonalds – Similar to Grill’d, order beef or chicken patties with a garden salad or the lettuce leaf, naked bun option for burgers. Avoid sugary drinks too and opt for water or diet soft drink if you’re feeling particularly thirsty.
- Nandos or Oporto – Who here isn’t a fan of grilled chicken?! Go for the chicken tenders or 1/4 chicken with a side salad or coleslaw. Watch out for dressings with high saturated fat and/or sugar.
- Subway – Although well-known for their 6-inch and footlong subs, did you know Subway offers a salad version? Easy peasy. Opt for the salad bowl, but double the meat – trust me on this. The single serve is tiny 😛 Again, be careful with your sauce of choice.
Low Carb, Keto Friendly Food Court and Takeaway Options
- Indian – Opt for butter chicken or tikka masala, which are high protein curries. Anything with paneer is also delicious. Paneer is a milk Indian cheese that’s low in carbs and delicious in curries.
- Greek or Lebanese – Always go for a plate of chargrilled meats with extra salad and say no to the bread. A kebab is also another great choice. A greek salad is another healthy takeaway option that’s low carb and suitable for a keto diet.
- Roast meat carvery – Most roast meats come with a side of steamed or grilled veggies, a delicious combo. However, you’ll have to skip on the baked or mashed potatoes.
- Standard takeaway – Grilled fish or BBQ chicken with salad is our favourite. Avoid all the deep fried options (sorry chicken nuggets). If it’s a sandwich shop, ask for the ingredients of a sandwich in a container – in other words, skip the bread!
- Thai or Chinese – Always go for a stir fry with extra vegetables and no rice, or Thai beef or prawn salad. Thai salads have a kick if you love spicy food!
- Vietnamese – Vietnamese pork or chicken Roll, but in a bowl and minus the bun. Lots of fresh ingredients, chilli and lean protein.
- Coles or Woolies – The pre-made salad section at supermarkets offers some great options that can be so much cheaper at times. Similarly, if there are croutons and heavy creamy dressings, ditch them. Team these with 1/4 BBQ chicken, or visit the deli section for some ham, feta or turkey.
I hope you have found these healthy takeaway options helpful when aiming to follow a low carb or keto diet when you are out and about. It can be hard to be mindful about what to eat when you’re outside, but your body will thank you for it!
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Jo x 🤓
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- Jo struggled with obesity as a teenager. She decided that she needed to take control of her health, and embarked on a 3.5-year journey to lose 56kg’s and get healthy, This involved a combination of cutting out a lot of unhealthy foods, reducing carbs and exercising. Educating herself on the value of nutrient-rich foods was a key factor. Throughout this, Jo became passionate about helping as many people feel as good as they can, so they could enjoy life with those that they love. Joanne started with the business in Customer Service, and due to her passion for Low Carb as well as experience as a Weight Loss Coach – quickly progressed and was promoted to Community Manager.