Low Carb Traveler Tips +15 Things You Can Eat On-The-Go
Since many people travel during the fall and winter months, I will share what I eat as a low carb traveler. As an active low carber/traveler, I sometimes need to eat several times a day depending on my level of activity. And, it is not always easy to find low carb snacks or food when you need them.
I wrote a short blurb about what low carb food to eat at the airport in the SIMPLE Low Carb Diet Life Magazine (winter edition), so you can check it out. It is a travel-related low carb magazine edition, so you will also find some new low carb snack suggestions in the magazine as well.
Well – I can tell you that departing and arriving at an airport is a workout! Some airports are really large, so you may get your cardio by walking a mile or more at some airports. I am pretty physically fit, so if I am ready to take a seat after all the walking, moving floors, busing, and train terminal hopping – it is a real workout for the average person. Moving floors or not, you will get a workout at some of your major city airports like Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and New York. So, as a low carb traveler, you must plan accordingly. Then too, if you pack heavy you may end up with some unexpected and unwanted strength training. So, if you are about to be a low carb traveler here is a list of things you can do to prepare.
1. Eat a Big Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
There is nothing worse than being hungry while you are waiting in a long airport security line. So, it is best to eat a heavier breakfast, lunch, or dinner before loading up to go to the airport. In this way, you will have enough fuel to get checked-in and through airport security without getting too hungry.
2. Pack Your Own Snacks
And, of course, you want to carry low carb snacks. This section includes a list of 15 low carb things you can eat on-the-go. Unless you intend to take one of those airport trolley carts everywhere, I would not recommend bringing all low carb, low fat snacks. Pack something that will stick with you for a little while like low carb nuts.
As an active low carber, that stays on-the-go (in one way or another), low carb nuts are one of my favorite go-to snacks. They are easy to find, convenient, and relatively light-weight. However, the important thing is that they are low carb, high-fat. So, they can keep you fueled up for a longer period of time. A great low carb coffee drink that you can drink before you go is this low carb energizing coffee fuel. You can read a review here.
Some of My Favorite Low Carb Travelers Snacks:
- Epic Bar Chicken Sriracha Bar (12 Count)
- Mario Olives (12 Count)
- Rosemary Turkey Sticks, No Antibiotics or Hormones (8 Count)
- Cheese & Turkey Jerky (16 Count)
- Almond Butter Packets (30 Count)
- Emeralds Chocolate Cocoa Roasted Almonds, 100 Calorie (7 Bags)
- Raw Texas Pecans (1 Bag)
- Planters Cashews, Single Serve (18 Bags)
- Pistachios, Single Serve Snacks (16 Bags)
- Pork Rind Sampler (12 Packs) …microwave required*
- Go Raw Organic Superfood Sprouted Bar, Pumpkin Seed (10 Small Bars)
- Wildway Grain Free Coconut Cashew Granola (4 Packs)
- Brad’s Plant Based Organic Crunchy Kale, Radical Ranch with Probiotics, (3 Count)
- Just the Cheese Bars (Grilled, Aged, Jalapeno – 9 Pack)
- Cello Whisps Parmesan Cheese Crisps (3 Pack)
*This is a snack that you can enjoy once you get settled in your accommodation.
3. Know Your Destination
Carbohydrates are often a less expensive fuel for the body. Therefore, in one form or another, carbohydrates are often a primary aspect of most cultures. Because of this, you may need/want another snack to enjoy while you are there.
For example, when I lived on a tiny island, there were plenty of food vendors on the street. However, everything was mostly rice and beans with only a little bit of meat. Then, when I would ask for no rice they would get angry (at first). The guy thought that I was trying to short change him by omitting the rice to get more meat. Eventually, he realized that I did not want the rice and was not trying to trick him into giving me more meat. So, I had to pay a little extra for meat and veggies only.
And usually, I could forget about ordering a diet soda. Even at the grocery store, they were sometimes hard to find. So, as a low carb traveler, I had to pack multiple sugar-free low carb drink mix packets that I could add to my water. And, being a coffee drinker, I would also carry sugar-free low carb energy drink mix packets just in case.
When traveling during the winter, sometimes it is just cold! So, I like to carry a variety of low carb tea packets (Early Grey, Chai, Green Tea, and Ginger) just to stay warm. Otherwise, I end up drinking too much coffee trying to stay warm. Just ask for hot water, it is available on the airplane during flight.
4. Find a Grocery Store
Since I would rather not drive in a foreign country that has a different set of driving rules and a different driving culture, I find accommodations in popular spots. In this way, everything that I need will be in walking distance. So, I could walk to nearby stores to shop for groceries, do laundry, and attempt to blend in with the locals. Therefore, I endeavor to only need transportation to/from the airport.
5. Bring All Essentials
And one of my last suggestions for being a low carb traveler is to bring all of your essentials. This is especially true if you are traveling internationally. Some things that you may find everywhere in your country (or state) may not be available in another country or state. For example, as a Texan, Texjoy is the seasoning of choice for most meals.
When I was younger, I moved to Chicago. At first, I could not understand why I could not find Texjoy Seasoning anywhere. Then, when I moved to small island country, I was really in for a culture shock. Many things had to be flown in or shipped in. Therefore, things that I could get for a few bucks in the United States might cost 4 times as much there (if it was available at all) for a similar product. Simple things like vitamin C or multivitamins were not easily found there or had a questionable quality.
So – the point is this…take a little extra of what you need. Do not assume that you will be able to find what you need once you get to your destination.
Interestingly, however, while I could not find basic vitamins on one Island, I discovered that I was able to pick up antibiotics at the pharmacy without a prescription on another.
6. Act Local, But Ask Questions
As a low carb traveler and foodie, one of the first things that I do is look to see what kind of local foods are popular for the area. So, before moving to the tiny Caribbean island, I learned that callaloo is a popular vegetable dish served by the locals. As a low carb vegetable, I had callaloo at the top of my list of things to try.
On my first visit to the grocery store, I spotted a bag of callaloo next to the other “leafy green” vegetables like lettuce and spinach etc. Therefore, I got a bag of callaloo to make a salad.
Well- I was in for a real shock, literally. I tossed a tiny piece of the vegetable in my mouth while I was putting the final touch on my salad and it was as if it electrocuted me?! So, I immediately spit it out without swallowing. I then grabbed a paper towel to rub any remaining particles from my mouth and teeth. Even with all this heroic effort, one side of my throat went numb. I later found out from a native that callaloo is poisonous until it is cooked. In fact, they said to handle it with gloves during preparation. There was no warning label at all…they just assumed everyone knew it had to be cooked.
Lesson learned…ask questions.
Since then, I have enjoyed all kinds of unique foods in different parts of the world. But I now let the locals prepare the local stuff.
As a low carb traveler, I enjoy trying new food, language, and culture. So, feel free to post your comments and questions. Where are you from? Are you a low carb traveler?