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By Lisa MarcAurele
It might be known for its pasta, but you can still eat keto at Olive Garden. Keep reading and learn what to order and what to avoid if you are on a low-carb diet.
There is something so fun about going out to eat. Sure, cooking at home is the healthier option, but it’s still a lot of fun to eat out at restaurants.
Whether you are traveling and can’t cook or you are celebrating something special with people you love, Olive Garden has some low-carb options that are simply delicious!
They might be known for their endless breadsticks and overflowing plates of pasta, but there are some keto-friendly choices on the menu, too. You just have to know where to look.
Olive Garden is also known for its large portions, so you will have to think ahead before eating everything on your plate.
When you don’t have time to cook or just want to dine out, Olive Garden can be an appealing option for people on a ketogenic diet. Thankfully, there are ways to eat a keto meal at Olive Garden – you just have to be a little creative with a custom order!
The biggest keto diet issue with entrées at this Italian restaurant is the abundance of pasta. So avoid all the bread and pasta and instead, try some of these healthy and filling keto options at Olive Garden:
- Herb Grilled Salmon: (4g net carbs)
- Grilled Chicken: (0g net carbs)
- Grilled Chicken Margherita: (6g net carbs)
- Salmon Piccata: (9g net carbs)
- Tuscan Sirloin: (1g net carbs)
- Sweet or Spicy Italian Sausage Links: (1g net carbs)
There are actually quite a few choices for a ketogenic diet when it comes to side dishes. You just have to be creative and always remember to order things without the bread!
Here are my favorite choices for keto sides:
- Steamed Broccoli: (0g net carbs)
- Side Salad: (1g net carbs)
- Parmesan Crusted Zucchini: (4g net carbs)
- Parmesan Garlic Broccoli: (4g net carbs)
- House Salad: No croutons (1g net carbs)
You can even add extra mozzarella cheese or protein to any of these options if you need a more filling meal!
You might think the Zuppa Toscana soup is okay, but there are 13 grams net carbs in each serving – so nope! Same thing with the Minestrone soup as there are 13 grams net carbs in each serving.
Dressings and Sauces
One thing to remember when you eat keto at Olive Garden is to be picky with the sauces and dressings.
These are the best low-carb dressings and sauces at Olive Garden.
- Lemon Garlic Sauce
- Alfredo Sauce
- Garlic Herb Butter
- Basil Pesto
The marinara sauce has too much sugar in it.
Here are the keto drink options that you can safely order from Olive Garden:
- Unsweetened Tea
- Coke Zero
- Dark Roast Coffee
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