Low Carb In Houston
This past weekend I flew out to Houston and met up with my boy Alex from Perfect Keto for the Low Carb Houston event at the University of Houston. The event was incredibly insightful as I was able to listen to presentations from some of the top minds in the Keto research community including Dave Feldman, John Limansky, Nadir Ali, Angela Poff, Ivor Cummins, who else?
While the experience was incredibly educating, that’s not what this post is about. I learned so much this weekend that I cannot possibly put it into a single blog post so rather I will be reviewing my notes and writing several posts. This post is about all of the amazing low carb foods I was able to enjoy during my time in Houston.
I have never had a problem finding low carb foods when traveling to new cities because the truth is you can eat Keto just about anywhere with some modification. But this doesn’t always mean that your meals are the most tasty! However, Houston surprised me by having so many different restaurants that I could not only eat Keto at but actually really enjoy the food! Here is a quick review of some of the spots I went to in case you are ever in Houston and looking for a place to go!
On my first day getting into Houston, I had a few hours to kill before the conference started and was feeling pretty hungry since I often tend to fast before travel to help mitigate some of the jet lag. So I headed downtown and walked around until I found a pretty awesome spot bar called The Moonshiners southern table + bar that I saw had a Cobb Salad on the menu. Cobb salads are one of my favorite meals because they contain so many savory treats like eggs, bleu cheese, and bacon. The problem with Cobb salads is that they are super calorie dense and can contain a lot of dairy so I try to treat them like more of a treat for myself rather than a go to meal every day. Here is what the Cobb looked like.
What was really cool about this Cobb salad is that it came with a couple deviled eggs which are one of my favorite childhood snacks. One of the obvious issues with deviled eggs is that they use mayonnaise and most mayonnaise typically contains vegetable oils. I am always trying to do my best to avoid this so again this meal was more like a Keto treat than a super high quality keto meal.
On the second day of the conference I ran into a friend I had met on social media who was local to Houston. She recommended that we try this restaurant called Ruggles Black that actually had Keto friendly dishes! Alex and I were heading to check out the Rockets/Clippers game that night but had some time to spare before hand and knew we had to give this a shot. It did not disappoint!
As an appetizer we enjoyed this Keto bread made of fat head dough which is cream cheese, mozzarella, almond flour, and coconut oil.
Then Alex and I split two of the dishes:
Keto Lemon Garlic Mediterranean Chicken: Lemon Garlin Mediterranean Chicken with Herb Cauliflower Rice & Vegetables.
Dr. Sleiman’s Lemon Bacon Fish: Snapper Tossed with Lemon Bacon, Coconut Oil, Butter and Fresh Herbs with a side of Veggies
Both of these dishes were incredible but I liked the chicken dish better.
To cap it off, Ruggles Black also had Keto desserts which we could not pass up! We decided to split the Nutella Keto Pie. Check out the dishes.
We were a little skeptical that this dessert wasn’t Keto-Friendly since it was so delicious but after our friend Stephanie tested her ketones; it was confirmed that it was pretty Keto-Friendly.
If you are ever in the Houston area, I highly recommend checking this place out!
On the final day of the conference we went to a little brunch spot called Whiskey Cake Kitchen and Bar and both enjoyed the eggs benedict. This dish originally came with an English muffin which we swapped out for a bed of greens and added a couple more eggs and bacon on the side (we were pretty hungry).
This was a delicious brunch and one that kept me feeling full for the rest of the day. In fact, that was the only meal I had that day because my hunger never returned.
In summary, Houston had some great low-carb gems for you to check out if you live there or are ever visiting. I would highly recommend Ruggles Black for their Keto dishes which is always so impressive to see when dining out.
Here’s an important Keto Lifestyle note.
While some of these meals may have been really calorie dense or maybe contained some ingredients that I typically like to avoid, they were still low carb. This is how you can adopt Keto as a lifestyle. I was still able to enjoy myself and in fact felt like I was treating myself despite not cheating or breaking off from the Keto Lifestyle. This is something you can do too.
Treat yourself when you travel but don’t go flying off the handle.
Oh yea and for anyone wondering, the Rockets got completely blown out! No James Harden spoiled that game for us.