When most people think of Italian food, they assume keto isn’t an option. In this article we are going to go over some low carb Olive Garden options. The saying goes, “When you’re here, you’re family.” So even when you are on the keto diet, you can still be family. You can enjoy a meal at Post Malone’s favorite restaurant and not knock yourself out of ketosis.
Obviously when you go to Olive Garden and you are looking to maintain the keto diet, this will eliminate several items right off the top. Sorry, but there will be no endless bread sticks and pasta, which is a big reason many people visit this Italian chain. That said, there will be some keto-friendly options available.
Staying in Ketosis with Low Carb Olive Garden Options
First, let’s get started with an appetizer.
It’s nice to have an appetizer, but keep in mind you will be pushing your carb limit with this appetizer. It is the lowest carb total for any of the appetizer options, though, but your best best would be to skip the appetizer.
Per serving: 380 calories, 30 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fiber, 12 net carbs.
House Salad With Signature Italian Dressing (No Croutons)
It can be painful to make the words “no croutons” come out of your mouth, but you must do it. To ease the pain you can double up on the salad dressing and it will only cost you two more carbs.
Per serving: 110 calories, 15 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 5 net carbs.
This is an incredible keto option! Chicken topped with a butter sauce. There is high sodium, but outside of that this is the perfect keto option! Nine freaking net carbs!
Per serving: 580 calories, 40 grams of fat, 12 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber and 9 net carbs.
This is just like it’s chicken counterpart. Salmon dowsed in butter. We chose it over the herb-grilled salmon dish because it comes with BUTTER!
Per serving: 380 calories, 40 grams of fat, 12 grams of carboyhdrates, 3 grams of fiber and 9 net carbs.
Yet another keto dieter’s dream. This is chicken smothered in butter and cheese. It also includes a parmesan-crusted zucchini, which is already included in the carb count below.
Per serving: 570 calories, 30 grams of fat, 13 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fiber and 9 net carbs.
Alright, if you are feeling absolutely crazy you can even squeeze in a dessert. Depending on how dedicated you are to your diet, this might be something you want to skip. Or maybe you don’t. It’s delicious and won’t blow your diet out!
Per serving: 220 calories, 17 grams of fat, 14 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber and 14 net carbs.
Well, look at that. You can eat at Olive Garden for under 20 net carbs fairly easily. And you can splurge a little and squeeze in a dessert and still keep your meal under 30 net carbs. Who says you have to miss out on all of the good things with the keto diet?