How to Dine “Metabolism Miracle Style” at Any Type of Restaurant

Initial article on Diabetes Daily by Sysy Morales, July 5, 2017
Modified for The Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress, RD CDE

Do you eat low-carb and worry about going to a restaurant and finding choices that won’t hurt your way of eating? If so, here are some ideas on what to order at various types of restaurants to keep your eating Metabolism Miracle straight!


Burger without the bun. Some places will give you extra lettuce for a lettuce bun.
Chick-fil-A has a chicken salad.
Salad with chicken.
Any food truck will generally be happy to give you a plate of taco fillings without the tortilla or meat without the bun, etc.
Chinese take-out options include things like chicken, beef, port without sauce, vegetables like broccoli, carrots and mushrooms, and egg-drop soup (use as your “sauce”).


A protein like chicken, shrimp, steak, scallops without the sweet sauce.
GRILLED veggies
Clear onion soup and salad.


Get a serving of a protein like chicken, steak, or seafood.
Instead of ordering fries and a vegetables, order two vegetables.
Salad with chicken or steak.
Have sweet sauces omitted or placed on the side instead of on the food.
Ask for a burger without a bun and dig in with your fork and knife or have it wrapped in lettuc


Salads with cured or fresh meats.
Meat, seafood, chicken, or lamb with herbs and lemon versus sweet sauces.
Olives and feta cheese.


Order plain pork or beef and avoid sweet tomato-based barbecue sauces.
vegetables like collard greens and green beans.
Watch out for hidden sugars, even many vinegar based sauces may have a lot of sugar added.


Cured meats, fish, olives, cheeses, nuts.
Non-starchy vegetables.
A dry wine.


Seaweed-wrapped sushi versus the ones containing rice.
Fresh seafood or seafood salad.
Avoid the sweet sauces and glazes.
Miso soup
Pickled vegetables or other unique Japanese vegetable.


Bacon or sausage and eggs or steak and eggs.
Hollandaise sauce.
Beware of places like Ihop whose speciality omelets may have up to 50 grams of carbohydrate.


Go for chicken, steak, or seafood with extras like guacamole and cheese dip
Steak or chicken fajitas without the tortillas.
If you’re going to drink, enjoy a shot of tequila slowly with your meal versus a sugary margarita.
Salad with a protein but watch out for sweetened dressings.


Grilled chicken, beef, seafood.
Marinated veggies like artichokes and peppers.
Portabello mushrooms.
Mixed grilled vegetables.
Salad topped with parmesan cheese.


Any type of meat with sauce on the side or omitted.
Ask for a curry that isn’t sweet.
Non-starchy steamed or grilled vegetables.
If you want more carbs then consider a serving of a mildly starchy vegetable in a small serving versus a serving of a refined grain like white rice, pasta, hamburger buns, or tortillas.

Bon Apetit!

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About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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