Walmart Keto Haul

I stopped in to Walmart today to get one thing - Everything Bagel seasoning for my GG Crackers. I didn’t even get a cart. I hate going to Walmart unless it’s like super early in the morning. It’s too crazy when it’s busy! But I was desperate for my Everything Bagel seasoning because I ran out last night. As I entered the store, I decided to swing by the prepared foods area to see what they had. I had been planning on having Chipotle all week for dinner, but I figured I’d check and see if there was anything interesting at Walmart.

I saw the Moe’s at Home Fajita Style Shredded Chicken and got so excited. I haven’t seen this before, but I do know my coworkers rave about Moe’s. At 130 calories and 1 g net carb per serving, this looks like a great option. So, I grabbed the chicken, but now of course I need some toppings so I grab some guac, which is right next to where the prepared foods are. But, then I realize I’m going to need lettuce and cheese and suddenly, I need a cart. I set the chicken and guac down and go snag a mini-cart. One of the customers laughed at me when I came back to grab the stuff I had randomly set down in the fruit section. “I just came in for 1 thing and now I need a cart!” We had a good laugh over how that always seems to happen.

Now with my cart, I got a bag of shredded lettuce and some shredded cheese. I also stocked up on Chiptole Tabasco, which I meant to get earlier at the grocery store, but had forgotten, but this will go great on my Moe’s. So, now dinner for the week is set! Everything I bought (including the Everything Bagel seasoning) was around $20 - half the price of having Chipotle bowls every night. I’ll let you know how the chicken tastes. They also had a steak version!

Ultimate Guide to Eating Keto at Your Favorite Restaurants and Fast Food Spots

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While cooking your own keto meals often gets you the best results, sometimes you just have to eat out, whether you’re out running errands or at a restaurant with friends. I’ve gathered your best keto options at tons of popular fast food places and restaurants so you’ll never wonder what to eat!

APPLEBEES

They’ve got lots of keto friendly options. Pick a protein and add a veg or salad. Easy. One option is the Grilled Chicken Breast With a Side of Fire-Grilled Veggies.

BAJA FRESH

Build a bowl with Lettuce, Chicken, Guacamole, Cheese, and Pico de Gallo or ask for the Side By Side, which is charbroiled chicken, jack cheese, handmade guacamole, and Pico de Gallo alongside an avocado topped salad. I’ve found that it’s a bit of a secret menu item. It’s not always listed on the menu, but they usually will ring it up if you ask.

BAREBURGER

If you’re sick of lettuce wrapped burgers, Bareburger will cover your beef, turkey, or bison burger in collard greens. They also have keto-friendly fats like cheese, bacon, avocado, and other veggies that you can add as well.

BLAZE PIZZA

They’ve got a keto pizza crust now made from a base of cauliflower, mozzarella cheese, flaxseed, and eggs. Each slice is just 3 g net carbs.

BONEFISH GRILL

They specialize in seafood so stick to grilled and seared proteins like salmon, sea bass, steak, shrimp, and trout.

BOSTON MARKET

Get the rotisserie chicken and a caesar salad or one of the veggies like green beans or broccoli. The creamed spinach is another option.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS

Their Traditional Wings have 0 carbs and many of their sauces only have 1-3 grams carbs. Try Mild, Medium, Hot, Wild, and Blazin' sauces, as well as the Parmesan Garlic and Spicy Garlic.

BURGER KING

The Bacon and Cheese Whopper minus the bun is my go-to lately.

CHEESECAKE FACTORY

Check out their Skinnylicious category. The grilled salmon, lettuce-wrap tacos, and salads are all good choices.

CHICK-FIL-A

They’re known for chicken, so check out their grilled chicken. They are one of the few places serving grilled nuggets. Their salads are pretty good, too.

CHILI’S

Get the steak plus a green veggie. Burgers are always an option (minus the bun).

CHIPOTLE

Bowl with no rice or beans. Add fajita peppers, cheese, lettuce, salsa, sour cream, and/or guacamole, as desired. I usually choose sour cream OR guacamole to keep calories in check.

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IN-N-OUT

Choose "The Flying Dutchman," which is two patties with two slices of cheese melted in between. And you should definitely get that "Animal Style" with extra spread, pickles, and grilled onions. East Coasters are crying.

JERSEY MIKE’S

Just get the Sub in a Tub. It’s all the toppings and fillings of your favorite sub minus the bread.

JIMMY JOHN’S

Get the unwich and your favorite sub. I like the turkey with provolone or the tuna unwich. If you think you’ll miss the chips, get a pickle as a side.

MCDONALD’S

Get the Quarter Pounder with Cheese or Big Mac and toss the buns. The Big Mac special sauce will add carbs, but I’ve eaten it and still lost weight if I watch the rest of my carbs for the day.

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NOODLES AND COMPANY

They’ve got zoodles now! Your best option is the Zucchini Pesto with Grilled Chicken. The Caesar Salad with Chicken (minus the croutons) is another good choice.

OLIVE GARDEN

The herb-grilled salmon is a good option. Watch the salad as it will add carbs from the dressing.

OUTBACK

Order a salad or other veggie instead of a baked potato. Pick any of the steaks or fish like lobster, halibut, crab, and salmon. Their salmon is actually really great!

PANERA

Get the green goddess salad, which has chicken, egg, and avocado.

PRET A MANGER

Get the Pret’s Chef Salad With Herb Ranch Dressing with roasted turkey, eggs, avocado, and bacon over the top of greens with cucumber. Add herb ranch dressing for a keto-friendly meal.

RED LOBSTER

Just say no to the Cheddar Bay biscuits. Choose items like the steamed lobster, crab legs, grilled shrimp, or scallops. Add some veggies or a salad.

RED ROBIN

Red Robin is known for their burgers so get one with a lettuce wrap or just toss the bun and use a fork and knife. The Royal has a fried egg on top and the Guacamole Bacon is a keto lover’s delight.

RUBY TUESDAY’S

They specialize in Cajun-style dishes so look for the dry rubs. They also have burgers and steaks and chicken dishes with avocado or bacon.

SHAKE SHACK

Get a burger with a lettuce wrap or consider the Smoke Shack (minus the bun), which has cheese and bacon and spicy relish.

SUBWAY

Get your fave sub as a salad. Don’t bother with the chopped salad (they bring out a giant bowl and chop everything up). Just ask for the regular salad. They’ll just layer everything in a bowl. Much quicker and easier for everyone! Just avoid sugary dressings and stick to vinegar and oil. I like the tuna salad.

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TACO BELL

Go for the Cantina Power Bowl, but skip the rice and beans. Get lettuce, sour cream, cheese, extra protein, guacamole, and hot sauce.

TGI FRIDAYS

Try the Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken or a lettuce wrapped burger. The salads are a lot of calories so order the smaller lunch size. Ranch, blue cheese, and Caesar are your best dressing choices.

WENDY’S

The Baconator is a good choice here. Toss the bun and hold the ketchup. Wendy’s has grilled chicken, too.

Dinner: Gorton's Grilled Salmon with Kohlrabi Noodles

I knew this was going to be a busy week for me so I made sure I had some easy dinner options for when I come home too tired to mess with making a big dinner. My dinner tonight was Gorton’s Grilled salmon. I added butter, lemon juice, and pepper to spice it up a bit. I do microwave it, which isn’t the recommended preparation, but in less than 4 minutes, I have salmon ready. I also had a side of kohlrabi noodles with butter and Parmesan cheese. I add salt and some crushed red pepper on top. It was a filling dinner!

I am actually sad I didn’t stock up on more of the grilled salmon (there’s only 2 in a pack), but I can stock up next week since this is a short week and I probably won’t have time to run to the store after work. These little salmon squares can be used in so many different ways. Add some salsa for a fish taco inspired meal or add soy sauce or coconut aminos and vegetables for some Chinese takeout!

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

I love buffalo chicken wings so a salad inspired by that? I’m all in! This comes together super fast - even faster if you use precooked rotisserie chicken. I poached and shredded chicken breasts and that was the hardest part of this whole recipe. If you can boil water, you can poach chicken!

I did take some time to google the best way to poach chicken because I’ve done it before and had mixed results. I don’t usually like poached chicken unless it’s being used as a base for chicken salad or something else. This turned out pretty great and I was actually looking forward to coming home tonight to eat it again for dinner!

  • 3 Chicken Breasts, poached or otherwise cooked and shredded

  • Water or chicken stock

  • Salt and other herbs for poaching

  • 1/4 cup buffalo wing sauce

  • 2 TB butter

  • Lettuce

  • Celery

  • Blue cheese dressing

If you are going to poach the chicken (instead of using precooked chicken): Put chicken breasts in a pot and cover with water or chicken stock to about an inch over the chicken. Add some salt and any additional seasonings you want to the water. You don’t have to add any herbs or use chicken stock but it may give more flavor. Since this chicken is just going to be covered in wing sauce, I skipped the seasonings besides salt. Turn the heat onto medium and wait for it to come to a low boil. When it starts to boil, reduce hit and let cook the rest of the way for approximately 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove breasts from pot and let rest and cool on a plate for a bit. Shred the chicken with your fingers or two forks.

In a saucepan, melt the butter and add the wing sauce and stir to combine. Add the shredded chicken and combine so all chicken is coated in wing sauce.

Serve over top lettuce and celery and top with Blue Cheese Dressing. I forgot the celery when I made mine * facepalm * but this was still super tasty!

Find Your Go-To Fast Food Keto Meals So You Always Know What To Eat

We’ve all been there. You’re out running errand after errand, running from place to place, and next thing you know, you need food NOW. This could be a recipe for disaster if you haven’t planned out some Keto-friendly options ahead of time.

I make sure I know what I can eat at every shopping center I go to so that I’m never stuck without food. At any of the popular “burger” joints, you can get a burger and just toss the bun. If they have grilled chicken, that works, too. Watch the breaded or “crispy” chicken as it will probably contain lots of carbs in the breading. Some fast food restaurants have pretty good salads. Again, choose grilled chicken if that’s an option.

Subway’s are everywhere and you can do what I do and get a salad instead of a sub! I get the regular salad (not chopped because that takes too long). I get the tuna, but you could get almost any of the other meat options like steak or roasted chicken. Add whatever veggies and toppings you like. I just get oil and vinegar with the tuna since the tuna already has mayo in it, but you can add a dressing - just check that it’s not full of carbs.

At Chipotle, a burrito bowl is my go-to. I get it without beans or rice. I load up on the fajita peppers, salsa, cheese, lettuce, and sour cream or guacamole. If you are at another Mexican restaurant, get the fajitas and just skip the tortilla wrappers or get a taco salad, but don’t eat the shell if it comes in one.

Noodles and Company now has several Zoodle options and you can get any of their regular noodle dishes with Zoodles instead. If you’re ordering Chinese takeout, just skip the rice and stick to meat and vegetables. Some places will even let you get sauce on the side or offer a steamed version. Pizza is harder but in a pinch, just eat the toppings! When all else fails, just pick meat or seafood and vegetables - this works for almost any restaurant of any kind.

If I’m worried there won’t be options I can eat, I toss a low carb, ready to drink protein shake in my bag so I’ve got something to hold me over until I can eat a real meal.

Now that you’ve got your plan, you can shop with ease, knowing you won’t be tempted by chips or fries from the food court!

Recipe: Tinfoil Tilapia with Salsa

Tilapia cooked in a packet couldn't be any easier! The salsa flavors the tilapia. Serve with guacamole or slices of avocado.

  • 4 oz tilapia fillets (two small fillets)

  • 3 TB salsa

  • 1 tsp lime juice

  • Guacamole or sliced avocado

  • Lettuce

 Preheat oven to 350°.  Spray foil lined baking sheet with PAM spray. Place fish on foil. Spread salsa over fillets and squeeze lime juice over top.  Fold the foil over to make a packet.  Bake for 20 minutes or until fish is flaky. Add salt and pepper, as necessary. Serve over lettuce with guacamole or sliced avocado.