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Blaze Pizza became the first national pizza chain to roll out a keto-approved option in the US in July. Irene Jiang / Business Insider
- Chains are adding keto options to the menu as more people seek out high-fat, low-carb dishes.
- Here are six keto-diet-approved menu items that chains including Chipotle,Blaze Pizza, and Qdoba have rolled out this year.
trend is taking over the US.
As the keto diet sweeps America, restaurant chains are trying to cash in on the trend.
People adhering to keto diets limit their carbohydrate intake, pushing their bodies to switch into a fat-burning state called “ketosis.” That means ditching sugar, wheat, and beans, and cutting back on alcohol. Red meat and cream are encouraged in the high-fat, low-carb diet.
Sticking with any diet can be a challenge while eating out at restaurants. So, some chains are tweaking the menu to win over people on the keto diet.
Here are six chains that have rolled out keto-diet-approved menu items in 2019 and 2020.
Chipotle’s Keto Salad Bowl
In January 2019, Chipotle debuted a line of “Lifestyle Bowls,” designed to fit in different buzzy dieting trends. The line consists of the Paleo Salad Bowl, the Keto Salad Bowl, the Whole30 Salad Bowl, and the Double Protein Bowl.
The Keto Salad Bowl contains carnitas, romaine lettuce, red salsa, cheese, and guacamole.
Blaze Pizza’s Keto Pizza
Blaze Pizza became the first national pizza chain to roll out a keto-approved option in the US in July 2019. The fast-casual chain’s keto crust has just six grams of net carbs, swapping flour for ingredients like flax seeds, eggs, and cheese.
“Pizza crusts are traditionally made mostly of flour, water and yeast,” Blaze Pizza’s executive chef, Brad Kent, told Business Insider. “Removing the flour brings several challenges since the gluten and starches and sugars (carbohydrates) deliver the desirable light, crispy, and chewy texture in addition to its toasty and yeasty flavor.”
The chain’s keto pizza features the keto crust, spicy red sauce, mozzarella, ovalini mozzarella, bacon, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach.