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Here’s How to Stick to Your Diet While Still Indulging at Red Lobster


Finding healthy options at Red Lobster is hard, right? Wrong! It’s actually very simple to stick to your diet — be it a keto diet or a low-carb diet, Whole30, or the Mediterranean diet — and still eat delicious seafood.

Keto-Friendly Red Lobster Meals

If you’re following a carb-restricting diet, like the keto diet, you may be mourning the loss of those mouthwatering Cheddar Bay Biscuits and a steaming bowl of clam chowder. The nice thing about seafood is that it tends to be very low carb. (It’s only when you start breading and frying fish that you notice the carb count creep up.) 

To balance your blood sugar, we recommend ordering the Wood-Grilled Shrimp and Sirloin, Rock Lobster Tail, or Snow Crab Legs. Swap rice or mashed potato sides for fresh broccoli or roasted green beans (yum!), and don’t forget to add just a smidge of butter. 

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Lobster)

Mediterranean Diet-Friendly Red Lobster Meals

The Mediterranean diet is consistantly voted one of the best diets, and it’s not hard to see why. This veggie-heavy meal plan is supplemented with colorful fruits, legumes, whole grains, and lean proteins like fish — and it’s a good thing Red Lobster is an expert when it comes to seafood. 

Shrimp Cocktail; Hand-Crafted Garlic Shrimp Scampi; or the Wood-Grilled Lobster, Shrimp, and Salmon are all diet-friendly meal options. Don’t forget to ask your server to swap out the butter for a drizzle of heart-healthy olive oil

wood-grilled lobster, shrimp, and salmon at red lobster

The Wood-Grilled Lobster, Shrimp, and Salmon is perfect for the Mediterranean Diet meal plan, but don’t forget to swap the rice for veggies. (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Lobster)

Whole30-Friendly Red Lobster Meals

The Whole30 diet is all about removing inflammatory foods from your meals. That means no alcohol, baked goods, dairy, grains, junk food, legumes, processed foods and drinks, sweeteners, or sugars. Instead, you want to fuel your body with lots of veggies and fruits, natural fats, and some meats. 

At Red Lobster, the Live Maine Lobster, Snow Crab Legs, 6-oz. Filet, and Atlantic Salmon from the Today’s Catch menu are all on the table. Opt for unseasoned broccoli or asparagus as your side and make sure they hold the butter.

wild-caught snow crab legs red lobster

(Photo Credit: Courtesy of Red Lobster)

Healthy Options at Red Lobster

Even if you’re not following a strict meal plan and your only goal is to eat healthier, there are simple swaps you can make when ordering that will make all the difference in the long run. Red Lobster is here to help you accomplish all your dieting resolutions, so don’t be afraid to ask your server to make changes to your order.

All Red Lobster entrees com with a salad, so request a low-carb dressing and ditch the croutons. The same goes for your sides; order seasoned veggies instead of mashed potatoes and french fries. And don’t be afraid to forgo the sauce. Seafood doesn’t need to be slathered in butter to taste good. Ask for pico, lemon juice, or olive oil to add a hint of creaminess to your meal. 

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