You don't have to eat off-plan just because it's Valentine's day. Luckily this is one foodie holiday with low-carb friendly dining options built-in.
From delicious seared steaks to scallops and wine, there's a lot of keto options on the menu at your local reiterant, or home.
Below are some options for your special date.
Quick Tips for Dining Out on Keto
While it's customary for couples to dine out, you don't have to reach for all the carbs (unless you want to).
Here are some tips on how to order out:
- Order red meat and green veggies with sauce on the side; this is pretty standard for most keto meals
- Enjoy a glass or two of wine; most are pretty low-carb, and you won't feel so deprived
- Indulge with moderation; the company of your date is more important than what's on your plate
- Avoid breading or coated meats; stick with grilled chicken, fillet of fish and steak or other unprocessed cuts of meat
- Be cautious when it comes to sauce; many prepared sauces are higher in calories and carbs, as they have added sugar
You can also get our free guide, how to dine out on keto with tons of restaurant suggestions when you sign up for our 28-day meal plan.
Cook a Steak Dinner
Nothing beats a keto steak dinner. You can cook up a storm at home or order this one out; there's no wrong way to indulge.
When cooking steak at home, presentation is everything. Set the scene with a few candles. Use a cast-iron skillet, and bring them into the kitchen.
This shared dining experience will elevate the mood and make sure your partner only has eyes for you.
Garlic Butter and Scallops
If you want to feel extra fancy, shower your date with a serving of scallops and see where the night takes you. Scallops are naturally low-carb and perfect for keto.
Serve with extra butter, garlic, and a glass of white wine, and you'll be in ketosis and staring dreamily into the eyes of your date.
Scallops make a great starter, or you can add them to steak to make them feel extra special. Simply sear for 1-2 minutes on each side until the scallops come free from the pan, and have an even golden sear.
Keto Chicken Alfredo
Looking for love in an Italian dinner? Swap out heavy pasta for zucchini noodles and enjoy a bowl of lip-licking deliciousness.
Alfredo sauce is a great go-to for people on keto as it's full-fat, full-flavor, and can be dressed up or down.
If you want to take this one step further, you can add shrimp or chicken and go all-in on a huge bowl of side-salad. No bloating on date night!
Decadent Chocolate Souflee
Who said you have to go through Valentine's day on keto without chocolate - not us, that's for sure!
We have the best chocolate keto recipes ever, like this keto chocolate souffle. It is the perfect way to round off your date and set the mood.
Best of all, while this super delicious fat-burning dessert can calm your cravings and be the hit of the bake sale, it's also a great way to get into ketosis.
However you choose to celebrate, we hope you have a beautiful night. Date or no date, carbs or no carbs, we think you're awesome!
For more keto recipe options, check out our 28-day custom keto meal plan with everything you need to get started on a keto diet today.