How to eat low-carb when on the go and at social events

22 Apr 2020

We checked four different scenarios and gathered our best tips and favourite go-tos when we’re on a diet and still trying to stay on track.

There's nothing more frustrating than winning with your diet and all of a sudden someone invites you to a party, lunch, dinner or the movies.

Being in that kind of situation before you've mastered your new way of eating can be challenging. So, here are a few tips on what to do at social events that involve eating.

Eating out

Since this is one of the core 7 rules of your diet, you probably remember this one:

When in a restaurant, focus on salads with protein, seafood dishes without carbs, and grilled meat with mixed salad as a side. Don't order fried food, order coffee instead of desert and don't drink alcohol.

But there's more to that. Eating low-carb it's not that difficult. However, the level of difficulty rises with the drop of quality of the restaurant you’re visiting.

If you're going to a nice Italian place, you can still order beef carpaccio for appetizer, salad with chicken or a nice steak with steamed asparagus for the main course. When going to McDonald’s... Not so easy, right?

So, try to at least influence the situation so you'll be able to eat at an okay restaurant, and stay on the lookout for the protein-focused meals. Even in McDonald’s you'll find nuggets, salads and diet coke. Just stay away from salad dressings and dips.

You’ll have it easiest in:

  • steak houses and grills (choose whatever you want just ask for steamed vegetables or a side salad as a side)
  • seafood restaurants (fish, crab, shrimp, squid or clam – grilled or baked. Ask for vegetables or salad as a side instead of potatoes, pasta or heavy sauces)
  • Italian (appetizers, salads, and meat-based dishes)
  • Japanese (sashimi and avocado salad would be a great choice)

Surviving a party

One day you'll have to go to a party and eating chips and sipping wine will be the last thing you want to do at that time. But fear not! The majority of events are conscious of the importance of offering non-alcoholic drinks, and friends will be even more supportive because... well, they're your friends!

Water, diet coke, sugar-free energy drinks and coffee will not add any carbohydrates or caloric surplus to your daily intake but will keep you occupied.

If you really want to toast with some alcohol, you can have 1 glass of spirit, champagne, or dry wine. Cocktails, liqueurs, sweet wines and beers are not recommended during the diet.

Great snack options are prosciutto, brie or olives.

Still, we recommend you bring some snacks you'll want to eat to the party and share them. Devilled eggs, cucumbers with light cream cheese and salmon, or guacamole with celery sticks are great snack foods, that everyone will appreciate.

Going to the movies

Who doesn’t like going to the movies every now and then? Unfortunately, though, there aren’t many low carb options.

So, the best thing to do is pack some almonds, olives or peanuts and bringing your healthy snacks to the movies with you.

Camping, hiking, and road trips, oh my!

Easy! You need something that’s light, that will fill you up, but at the same time will be as low-carb as possible, so it won’t throw you out of whack.

Almonds, keto bars, beef jerky, salami sticks, celery sticks and olives are perfect snacks when you’re on the road. You can also make your crustless quiche or egg muffins (you’ll find the recipes in your recipe e-book for those).