All the keto-friendly menu items at Olive Garden

Although Olive Garden probably isn't the first place you think to go when you're on a diet, don't rule it out just yet. The Italian-American chain known for its unlimited breadsticks also has a lighter section on its menu, and four of the items are even keto-friendly.

Photo: Olive Garden

Tastes of the Mediterranean was added to Olive Garden's official menu in January 2017. It currently features six items under 600 calories on the dinner menu and seven on the lunch menu.

Dinner dishes include: Chicken Piccata (530 calories), Shrimp Scampi (510 calories), Herb-Grilled Salmon (460 calories), Salmon Piccata (580 calories), Chicken Margherita (570 calories) and Chicken Giardino (600 calories). The lunch menu is mostly lower in calories thanks to its smaller portions, but it also includes Ravioli di Portobello (570 calories). 

Photo: Olive Garden

Calories aren't everything, though. It's important to eat food that will help fuel your body, keep you feeling full and provide you with nutrients.

If for you that means doing the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet, listen up! Four of the menu items are also keto-friendly, including the Chicken Piccata, Salmon Piccata, Herb-Grilled Salmon and the Chicken Margherita. However, be sure to swap the side of Parmesan-crusted zucchini for a side of broccoli to stay in ketosis. (Ketosis is the metabolic state your body goes into that turns your fat into ketones and uses them as fuel, aka what happens when you eat very little carbs.) 

Of course, each of these menu items also work for the Mediterranean diet, so whether you're trying to eat healthier or not, your body can benefit. This year the US News and World Report ranked the Mediterranean diet as the best diet overall for 2019, as well as best diet for healthy eating, best plant-based diet, best diet for diabetes and easiest diet to follow. The diet includes filling your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats like olive oil and fish.

So, head to your local Olive Garden or place an order online for pick up and live your healthiest life in 2019 (or, you know, at least for the first few weeks of January). 

11 PHOTOS
Healthy snacks to bring to the office
See Gallery
Healthy snacks to bring to the office
Flavored with jalapeno and Sriracha, these chickpea puffs are the perfect snack for those busy days. 
BUY IT

Mēle isn't a healthy snack, but instead an entire meal. With flavors such as rawberry, supergreen and chocolate, and offering a whole food blend of foods like nuts and veggies, you can get a full, healthy meal without leaving your desk.

BUY IT
Atkins offers a variety of low-carb and keto-friendly healthy snacks, from chocolate shakes to granola bars. This blueberry greek yogurt bar happens to be one of our favorites! 
BUY IT

With 12 grams of protein, this yogurt is the perfect (and indulgent!) afternoon snack.

BUY IT
No matter if you're looking for a meal or a snack, customers can customize their subscription with thoughtfully sourced and chef-crafted food made all from organically grown fruits and vegetables. 
BUY IT
This fruit bar has only two ingredients -- that's it! 
BUY IT

OJAS STUDIO is a food and lifestyle brand inspired by Ayurveda that has infused its traditions into its products, as seen in their first product offering: date and grain bites.

These soft date & grain bites are made with all real fruit and no artificial sweeteners, making it the perfect sweet snack without the sugar crash. 

BUY IT
These crunchy, naturally sweet and filling apple chips are made from real apples -- baked, never fried! 
BUY IT
These little vegan squares, made with cane sugar and packed with fiber, are seriously addicting.
BUY IT
Packed with antioxidants, protein and NO transfat, this nut-filled product is a great source of energy. 
BUY IT
With 90 percent pure dark cocoa, this organic chocolate bar boasts all the perks the super plant has to offer. Plus, it's keto-friendly and low in sugar, making for the perfect post-lunch treat at the office. 
BUY IT
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Read Full Story

From Our Partners