The low carb lifestyle has become quite popular in recent years, and there are a lot of recommendations on how to do it. However, it’s not always easy to maintain, and even less so if you’re traveling. So, how do you go about it? This blog post will cover some of the tips and tricks I’ve learned, and hope it will help you enjoy your holiday or business trip more (healthier) and also have a better time taking in the local sights (while still eating low carb).
So you’re driving through the grocery store one day and you notice there are a lot of new low-carb offerings. The low-carb craze has hit the nation! Well, you’re a low-carb skeptic. You’ve been there, done that, and you don’t want to take the risk again. How do you navigate the low-carb option aisle, the “health food” section of the supermarket, and your upcoming trip to Europe?
Tired of bad food at airports, train stations and bus stops? Continue your journey with confidence. A little preparation goes a long way. We’ve made it easy for you with this low-carb guide.
- Eat well before you leave
- Make a low-carb snack
- Drinking coffee to reduce hunger
- Try fasting.
- Main restaurant
- Striving for success
1. Eat well before you go
Eat your favorite low-carb meals before you leave. It’s easier to eat at home. Take your time. Start your journey full and fulfilled.
A hearty, low-carb breakfast for your trip can be quick and easy: hard-boiled eggs, boiled bacon, reheated egg muffins or plain Greek yogurt with cream, berries and nuts. If you have more time, fry a sausage with mushrooms and tomatoes or slice an avocado and enjoy it with olive oil or mayonnaise.
2. Have a low-carbohydrate snack
When the flight attendant hands out pretzels, resist the temptation and pack one of these tasty portable snacks in your carry-on:
- Nuts and nut spreads (find the best nuts in our guide).
- Clean hard boiled eggs – don’t forget a little salt!
- Any kind of cheese – a popular option is packaged Babybel cheese.
- Jerky, dry salami and boiled bacon
- Low carb Crunch Sesame Bread
- Parmesan chips
- Celery, flavored with cream cheese or nut butter
- Ham and cheese sandwich
- Raw vegetables with sauce
- Salmon and cream cheese appetizers
- Leftovers (the previous day’s low-carb dinner makes a great snack or meal).
- Oil (for coffee, tea and croutons)
- Olive oil (for salads and vegetables)
- Dark chocolate (≥ 70% cocoa; no more than a few squares a day).
You can pack your snacks in their original packaging or in a plastic bag. But you can also get creative, like in the picture above.
Here are some smart packaging ideas that make travel easier and keep food fresher longer:
When in doubt, place the container in a large plastic zip-lock bag for extra protection against leaks.
3. Drinking coffee to avoid hunger
Coffee, black or with cream or melted butter, can satisfy your hunger until you get to a place where the food is better. This also works with tea or broth.
4. Try fasting
If intermittent fasting is part of your low-carb eating plan, use it strategically to skip meals and simplify the journey. Maybe you are in a hurry for your early flight and don’t want to eat before noon. You can also eat a hearty low-carb breakfast before you leave home and not eat until dinner at your destination. One of the benefits of fasting is that you can do it anywhere.
To learn more about why intermittent fasting can be a great addition to a healthy, balanced diet, click here.
5. Dining room Master
Eating with confidence is an essential part of a successful trip. Common sense should prevail: skip the bread, ask for a double portion of vegetables instead of starch with the main course, and choose olive oil and vinegar for your salad. Ask for melted butter on cooked vegetables and white bread. Skip dessert, or opt for a cheese board or berries with heavy cream.
Drink mostly water – sparkling wine, dry wine, light beer and spirits can be consumed in moderation. (We recommend you read our guide on low-carb alcohol).
For more expert advice on low-carb meals in restaurants, check out our guide to eating out.
6. Striving for success
No excuses. Traveling is not an excuse to change your low-carb lifestyle. Put your health first and choose a low-carb diet for your trip.
For more on low-carb travel, check out our tips for long vacations – holidays, cruises, camping and more….. Coming soon.
This lesson was written by Jenny Calihan, who also blogs at EatTheButter.org. Anna Lopez Photos.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you eat low-carb on the road?
I eat a lot of protein and vegetables. I also try to avoid breads, pasta, and rice. I eat a lot of nuts and seeds. I also drink lots of water.
How do I eat keto while traveling?
If you are traveling, it is best to bring your own food with you. If you are staying in a hotel, there may be a kitchenette or mini-fridge in the room. You can also find keto friendly restaurants near your destination.
What are good keto snacks on the go?
Some of our favorite keto snacks on the go are: Celery with peanut butter and almond butter Cucumber slices with cream cheese and smoked salmon Celery with almond butter and raisins Cucumber slices with cream cheese and smoked salmon Celery with almond butter and raisins Celery with almond butter and raisins Celery with almond butter and raisins
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