Are you on a low-carb diet? Does your diet make you feel left out when you go out to lunch in Ann Arbor? Looking for some tips to help make ordering easier and more fun?
Eating a low-carb diet can be an effective way to lose weight. So, it makes sense that many of us adopt this diet and want to stick to it even when eating out with friends or family. Ordering a meal, however, can get a little tricky when you don’t see any options clearly marked low-carb. But don’t stress. Fortunately, if you know a few tricks, you’ll no longer have to struggle pouring over an enticing menu! When you hit a local favorite, Weber’s Restaurant, for lunch in Ann Arbor, follow our tips to easily keep up your low-carb lifestyle.
Order Smart: Choose meals that are already low carb or really easy to make low-carb. A lot of entrees are low-carb friendly. At Weber’s, you can enjoy a New York Strip steak, salmon, trout, or lobster with a vegetable medley and no substitutions or special requests necessary! Under starters you have a few super simple options in oysters, mussels, and escargot.
Order Custom: When you’re eating low-carb, you want to get familiar with asking for simple customizations to standard menu items to meet your goals. A great option for low-carb can be asking for a sandwich without bread, or simply removing the bread yourself. You might even consider the option of lettuce or cabbage leaves as a substitute for bread.
A bunless burger, Rueben, club, and salmon sandwich are among your low-carb choices here. For sides, you can almost always sub veggies for whatever is offered and stay low-carb without sacrificing any extras.
Remember Tricky Carbs: Salad always seems like it should be a healthy option for lunch in Ann Arbor, but traditionally prepared dressings very often have sugar added to them and it’s common to find fruit in a lot of restaurant salads.
Sauces of any kind are a red flag for low-carb dieters. Au jus and gravy tend to have thickeners like flour mixed in, mayo-based dressings often have sugar, and wine sauces may kick your carb count too high. Ketchup and hot sauces both have quite a bit of sugar, too.
Soups almost always have a grain or root vegetable in them to knock them off your list. Bisques and tomato soups are the exceptions, as long as the chef forgoes potatoes, sugar, and flour in the preparation.
Ask Questions: Because you’re not involved in the preparation of the food, you should be ready to ask questions about what’s in a menu item or if you can get something made a certain way. Remember that chefs and servers aren’t really thinking about how to make or if things are low-carb, so keep your questions simple to answer. For example, ask for dressing options that have no sugar.
A few special requests to have in your repertoire for low-carb dining are: substitute veggies for bread, serve sauces and fruits on the side, hold the croutons, and pass the vinegar and oil.
Enjoy a low-carb lunch in Ann Arbor at Weber’s today!
These tips can help you enjoy a great meal that satisfies your taste-buds and the goals of your low-carb diet. When you look at the menu, you’ll feel more confident that you can make a choice that really works for you. Armed and ready, there’s no reason to delay. Give us a call at The Habitat today for lunch reservations or to host a special event.