Tips for Eating Keto or Low-Carb at Animal Kingdom
Finding Keto (or even Keto-friendly) food at Disney World is not an easy feat! The theme parks are known for packing snacks, meals, and drinks with sugar and bread. You might find yourself frantically searching for a pickle around noon. Don’t let yourself get hangry! There are plenty of low-carb at Disney World. You just have to know where to look and how to order.
I recently took us on a Keto adventure to the Magic Kingdom and now it’s time to head to Animal Kingdom. The WILDEST theme park in Disney World also happens to be fairly low-carb friendly. Let’s dive into all the snacks you can find here and I’ll give you some primo tips for your next vacation!
But First…Free Gift!
Want to learn how to save money at Disney World? Sign up for my newsletter and receive my FREE money-saving guide and more planning goodies!
Ready for noms? Me too!
Creature Comforts (Starbucks)
You may be familiar with my articles, and if so, you know that I’m a BIG coffee fan. I drink coffee every day and live off of delightful caffeinated drinks from Starbucks. I’m also not afraid to try sugar-free teas and blended concoctions.
The best way to start your day at Animal Kingdom is to head to Creature Comforts. This is the theme park’s full-service Starbucks complete with knowledgable Baristas. You can order your favorite low-carb drink or try something new! I’ll give you the ingredients for my fave Keto drink.
Morning Buzz Cinnamon Triple Espresso
- Grande Cup (Or Your Choice)
- 3 Shots of Espresso
- Over Ice
- Light Heavy Whipping Cream (Or Half & Half)
- 2 Pumps of Sugar Free Cinnamon Dolce
Need some added protein? Carry in a bottle of Cinnamon Roll Premier Protein Shake and add it to your iced coffee. It’s a great meal replacement and will make you feel energized! Order a Venti Cup so you can fill it up with protein shake.
Royal Anandapur Tea Company (Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea)
While Starbucks is Coffee King, Joffrey’s shares the crown at Disney World. If you’re drinking coffee at Disney World, chances are you’re drinking a cup of Joffrey’s blend. The company is Disney World’s chosen coffee source for restaurants and kiosks in the parks. You’ll find a kiosk outside of the entrance at Animal Kingdom for your Cold Brew cravings. You’ll also find a very special Joffrey’s stand inside Animal Kingdom in Asia.
Royal Anandapur specializes in tea drinks produced by Joffrey’s. It’s the only location that serves several teas made hot or iced. You can order one of the assorted (unsweetened) teas made fresh. The iced teas are most refreshing on a hot summer day! The flavors range from black, Early Grey, Chai, Mint, and more! (I once had a Blackberry Iced Tea that was delish.)
By the way, Nomad Lounge used to have an amazing charcuterie board that I would order alongside a cappuccino. (Hence: the picture above!) The board has been removed as Disney World has been limiting menus for health and safety reasons. You can still order delicious coffee in the lounge and hopefully, the board will return in the future!
Hopefully, a robust iced coffee or tea will quench your thirst and keep your diet! You’ll need something other than coffee or tea to tie you over though. Let’s get into snacks and meals!
Flame Tree Barbecue
Flame Tree has been the old standby for seekers of low-carb entrees. Many of the meals come with a huge portion of barbecued pork or chicken. Yes, the barbecue rub most likely has some sugar in it. That’s difficult to avoid. However, the entrees are served with the extra sugary BBQ sauce on the side. You have a choice to either smother your chicken in sauce or eat it with the rub only.
My favorite entree is the chicken and ribs combo. You get almost half of a chicken and a rack of ribs. For the sides, I choose two portions of coleslaw. You also have the option of a “Cutie” orange or baked beans. The portion sizes are fantastic and the meat is well-seasoned for a Disney World quick-service meal. This place is a great pit stop to get your fill of yummy protein!
Pandora – World of Avatar has amazed Disney World guests with innovative attractions and gorgeous scenery. Disney also leveled-up the land by adding some interesting snacks and entrees you won’t find anywhere else. For cheat days, head to Pongu Pongu. It’s where you’ll find the Pongu Lumpia, which is made with pineapple and cream cheese and wrapped in a fried spring roll. To stay low-carb, head to Satu’li Canteen.
The quick-service menu is made of bowls packed with protein and fresh veggies. It’s a fantastic addition to the boring cheeseburgers and french fries you’ll find elsewhere. Every combination bowl is made with your choice of “base” and sauce. Order the bowls with a Hearty Salad base and choose your sauce for extra flavor. My personal favorite is the Charred Green Onion Vinaigrette dressed. It’s packed full of flavor and reminds me of Chimichurri.
Your choice of protein includes chopped wood-grilled chicken, slow-roasted sliced grilled beef, chili-garlic shrimp, or a combination of chicken and beef. I recommend the beef and chicken combo to help you feel full and energized. The shrimp is good but it doesn’t quite fill you up like the other choices.
Wanna learn more tips about eating Keto in Animal Kingdom? Watch my review of Satu’li Canteen, Flame Tree Barbecue, and more on YouTube here!
Harambe Fruit Market
Real quick shoutout to the fruit market located in Africa! The small snack stand is located outside of Kilimanjaro Safaris and is fantastic for a bite on-the-go. This is where you can find giant pickles, fresh fruits, veggies, Mini Babybel cheeses, and other light snacks. Just try not to look directly at the churros. They will lure you in with their sugar-coated seduction!
Usually, I’d highly suggest a trip to Restaurantosaurus because of the famous Topping Bar. In the past, you could order a cheeseburger then load it up with veggies and condiments from the bar. Currently, all Topping Bars in Disney World are unavailable due to health and safety reasons. You can still add a lot of goodies to your burger but you will order them via Mobile Order. Also, you can ask the Cast Member for extras if you’re not satisfied with the quantity.
Restaurantosaurus also has a bomb Chicken Cobb Salad. The salad comes with all the fixings including chicken, a hard-boiled egg, bacon, blue cheese, and Green Goddess dressing. A great choice if you’re in the mood for a quick salad!
Yak & Yeti Restaurant
Looking for a nice sit-down meal? Yak & Yeti is your best option. The menu has a ton of options that don’t have to be modified too much. Try the shareable Lettuce Cups which come with minced chicken breast, chopped vegetables, and Saigon Haison sauce. Or, dive into the Seared Tuna Salad with seared Ahi Tuna, mixed greens, grape tomatoes, wonton crisps, and ginger dressing.
Tusker House is also a good option because it offers an expansive buffet. You can pick and choose what kind of food you want then pile your plate high. As of right now, Tusker House isn’t open for health and safety reasons. When it returns, you can consider this character dining experience for your next foodie adventure!
Tips for Eating Keto at Disney World
Disney World is often very accommodating for guests with dietary requests. Much like visiting your local restaurant, you can make requests at the sit-down restaurants. Ask your server if there are any substitutes for your side of french fries or other carb-y foods. Chances are, the Cast Member will find something else that will fit your needs.
I also highly suggest bringing in your own snacks. Healthy choices are hard to find when it comes to snacks at Disney World. (It’s easier to dig into your bag for a piece of fresh cheese rather than trying to find something to tie you over until dinner.) For snacks, you can order your favorites on Amazon or other grocery delivery services and have them delivered straight to your hotel.
Outside of the parks, check out the local grocery store, Aldi. This is where you can pick up Keto bread! I’ll bring some slices into the theme park with me and sub my buns or sandwich bread with it. And, The Bulk Pantry is a local bakery that makes entirely Keto desserts. They will deliver to your hotel too!
Interested in making money as a Disney Travel Planner? Check out my free course and learn how to become a Travel Agent in 5 days.
Have any Keto tips for me or readers? Drop your helpful advice in the comments below!