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Keto Jimmy John’s Menu: A Low Carb Sandwich Dream

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Jimmy John’s is a sandwich and sub shop known for their freaky-fast deliveries, but you can also go into the restaurant to sit down and eat. Although they specialize in fresh-baked bread and hand-sliced deli meats, you can easily eat keto at Jimmy John’s too.

We love the Jimmy John’s Unwich Menu which offers lettuce-wrapped sandwiches instead of the bread. There are, however, many items on the menu that are not suitable for a low carb diet.

While preparing keto-friendly meals at home is always best, it’s nice to know you have some options when you’re on the go. Additionally, Jimmy John’s does catering bundles too.

Next time you need a quick keto or low carb meal and head to Jimmy’s, here’s what order and what to avoid.

Tips For Ordering Low Carb At Jimmy John’s

When Jimmy John’s first came out, it was one of the trendiest spots to eat at or order from. They were one of the first in the restaurant game to offer fast sandwich deliveries right to your door or office. This made it the perfect place to order when you forgot your lunch at home or when in need of food while out and about.

If you go into Jimmy John’s to pick up your food, you’ll find that the ordering process is a bit like Subway.

You tell the cashier what you want and you can watch as they make your sandwich right in front of you. You can also call in your order and have it delivered or order online. Their website is easy to use and they guarantee that you’ll get your food in “freaky fast” time. 

Despite all of these glorious things, keep in mind that you should still treat Jimmy John’s and other fast food restaurants as a last resort. The majority of the meats at Jimmy John’s are deli meats, which means that they are highly processed.

With that being said, we realize that you could do a lot worse than Jimmy John’s when it comes to fast-food eating.

Here’s how to keep it low-carb at Jimmy John’s.

#1. Pick a fatty meat

We’re pretty impressed that the meats at Jimmy John’s are higher quality than most, especially for a deli meat selection. Most deli meats are a hodgepodge of preservatives, chemicals, sugar, and low-quality cuts of meat. With the exception of caramel color, which is rubbed on the roast beef, the meats at Jimmy John’s are pretty clean.

The only added sugar you’ll find is in the capicola and bacon, which is pretty common of most deli meats used at restaurants. Most restaurant-quality bacon also contains nitrates, and this is true of the bacon at Jimmy John’s as well due to the smoke flavoring.

Here is a breakdown of the ingredients in the meat at Jimmy John’s:

  • Turkey: turkey breast, turkey broth, salt, dextrose, tapioca starch, yeast extract, sea salt, citrus extract, and natural flavor.
  • Ham: ham, water, salt, dextrose, tapioca starch, cultured celery juice powder, and sea salt.
  • Bacon: pork, water, salt, sugar, smoke flavoring, celery powder, and sea salt.
  • Roast beef: USDA choice beef and caramel color.
  • Capicola: pork, water, salt, dextrose, tapioca starch, cultured celery juice powder, sea salt, corn syrup, and natural flavor.
  • Salami: pork, salt,  dextrose, wine, cultured celery juice powder, natural spices, sea salt, natural flavor, granulated garlic, and lactic acid starter culture.

If you’re on a strict ketogenic diet, then we recommend going with a fattier cut of meat to increase your dietary fat. The ham, roast beef, and pork are good options for that while turkey tends to be lower in fat. All meats contain preservatives so there is no getting away from that. The roast beef is probably your best bet for lowest carb/sugar content.

If you’re not strict keto, then you don’t have to worry so much about ordering a fatty meat as all options are low enough in carbs to support your dietary needs. You can even order a few different types of meat on your sandwich if you really want to get crazy.

#2. Get an Unwich

An Unwich refers to ordering your sandwich as a lettuce wrap instead of with traditional bread. According to the nutrition information, any sandwich that you make an Unwich at Jimmy John’s contains 10 grams or less of carbs. 

Add in some fresh veggies, such as cucumber, onions, and tomatoes, and you have yourself a tasty little low-carb number you can feel good about eating every once in a while.

As a reminder, we’ve got some pretty delicious keto-friendly bread recipes on our website that you should try!

#3. Know your condiments

Your choices for sauce at Jimmy John’s are three different kinds of mustard, homemade ranch, oil and vinegar, and mayonnaise. Even the Italian clubs don’t have Italian dressing on them, which is one less thing you have to leave off your sandwich.

Unfortunately, Jimmy John’s uses Hellman’s mayo, which contains canola oil and sugar, so you’ll want to avoid it. Your safest bet for sauce at Jimmy John’s is yellow mustard and oil and vinegar.

We’re not sure what’s in the Jimmy mustard as this information is not listed on the website, so you might want to ask or just stick with yellow or Dijon mustard instead. The best way to keep it low-carb is to ask for no dressing and add more bacon and cheese if you need some more flavor.

What To Order at Jimmy John’s

The menu at Jimmy John’s isn’t overly extensive, which makes ordering a sandwich here easy. You can even just tell them what you want without even looking at the menu and they will probably be able to accommodate you.

For a tasty combination, try getting a sandwich that offers a few different meats. If you need to stay in ketosis, then order a double serving of a fatty meat and maybe an extra slice of cheese.

Just be sure to get your sandwich on an Unwich and hold the sauce, unless it’s mustard or oil and vinegar. The side dishes at Jimmy John’s are off-limits, so don’t even look at the chips or cookies.

Top Lowest Carb Dishes at Jimmy Johns

Here is a quick look at the top lowest-carb dishes at Jimmy Johns, according to the nutrition information:

  • Turkey Tom Unwich (3g net carbs): Turkey breast, lettuce, tomato, and mayo
  • Big John Unwich (2g net carbs): Roast beef, lettuce, tomato, mayo
  • Bootlegger Club Unwich (3g net carbs): Roast beef, turkey, lettuce, tomato, and mayo
  • Club Lulu Unwich (3g net carbs): Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo
  • Hunter’s Club Unwich (3g net carbs): Double roast beef, provolone, lettuce, tomato, mayo

We suggest asking for no mayo where possible if you are strict keto. In addition to the above, here’s what to order at Jimmy John’s.


Order all favorites as an Unwich (all come with lettuce and tomato); hold all sides and opt for no mayo if you are strict keto:

  • Ultimate Porker Unwich (4g net carbs): Bacon, ham, and mayo
  • Jimmy Cubano Unwich (4g net carbs): Smoked ham, bacon, provolone cheese, pickle, dijon mustard, and mayo
  • Beach Club Unwich (6g net carbs): Avocado spread, sliced turkey breast, provolone, cucumber, and mayo (Ask for fresh avo instead of spread)
  • Billy Club Unwich (5g net carbs): Ham, roast beef, provolone cheese, dijon mustard, and mayo
  • Club Tuna Unwich (7g net carbs): Tuna salad, provolone, and cucumber
  • Country Club Unwich (6g net carbs): Ham, turkey, provolone, and mayo
  • Italian Night Club Unwich (9g net carbs): Capicola, salami, ham, provolone, onion, mayo, oil and vinegar, and oregano basil
  • Totally Tuna Unwich (6g net carbs): Tuna salad and cucumber


Order all classics as an Unwich and use only mustard or oil and vinegar as your dressing; hold all sides:

  • Veggie Unwich (4g net carbs): Provolone, avocado spread, cucumber, and mayo
  • Vito Unwich (7g net carbs): Capicola, salami, provolone cheese, onion, oil and vinegar, and oregano basil
  • Pepe Unwich (5g net carbs): Provolone, ham, and mayo

Plain Slims

If you’re looking for just a snack, then try their plain slims. These are sandwiches that come with just meat and cheese. There is no lettuce, tomato, onion or sauce on these. Ask for them as an Unwich. These tend to be low in calories and make a good snack if you’re not hungry for a full sandwich.

Here are your options for plain slims:

  • Slim 1: Ham and cheese
  • Slim 2: Roast beef
  • Slim 4: Turkey
  • Slim 5: Salami, provolone, and capocollo
  • Slim 6: Just cheese

If you want, maximize your Slim by asking for any of these low carb extras:

  • Bacon
  • Capicola
  • Ham
  • Provolone cheese
  • Roast beef
  • Salami
  • Salami & capicola
  • Turkey breast

Foods to Avoid at Jimmy John’s on a Keto Diet

The Unwiches at Jimmy John with the highest carb count are the Spicy East Coast Italian (9g net carbs) and the JJ Gargantuan (10g net carbs). You might also want to stay away from the tuna options since the tuna is mixed with mayo which contains canola oil and sugar. Although it is low in carbs, it’s not a truly keto meal. We recommend going with another sandwich instead.

If you aren’t strict keto but happy to go with general low-carb options, these will be okay to have.


We never recommend eating out when you could eat a keto-friendly meal at home using high-quality low carb ingredients that you purchased at the grocery store. But we know that emergencies happen and there might be a time when eating at Jimmy John’s is unavoidable.

We like Jimmy John’s keto menu that offers an Unwich option, which means that you can get any sandwich wrapped in lettuce instead of bread. This is a great way to keep your meal low-carb.

Order your sandwiches with yellow mustard or oil and vinegar instead of mayo, which contains vegetable oil and sugar. If you just need a quick snack, then grab a meat and cheese roll-up to tide you over until your next meal.

Stay away from the side dishes as your only options are potato chips and a cookie. If you want something to munch on along with your sandwich, then try a pickle but not if you’re trying to watch your sodium intake.

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