Photo Tour of my Orlando Low Carb Meals


 

Here is a fun quick photo tour of all the great low carb meals on my recent trip to Orlando.

Scroll through for easy ideas when you’re eating out yourself, and want to make healthy low carb choices. πŸ™‚

This trip was a work conference I really enjoy, and a great opportunity to meet up with friends from all over the world.

The airport was crazy busy with spring break travelers! Nashville Airport is fairly small and usually a breeze, but it was packed at 5am that morning – and I almost missed my flight, even though I was there 2 hours early. πŸ˜›

lowcarbtraveler

I love to fly Southwest Airlines because you get 2 checked bags free. Plus I can often find nonstop flights, and their website is super easy for booking flights!

I still bring a carry-on, but that comes from years of traveling with a shoulder bag that always KILLS my shoulder and/or lower back. πŸ˜› The small rolling carry-on is great for putting my purse in, along with my laptop, one outfit and some PJ’s, any medications or other things you would absolutely need when you arrive – just in the case your luggage doesn’t make it through on the other end.

That makes it super easy to tote everything without any strain on my shoulder. Plus my sweater is usually in the bag. You’ll notice I’m wearing a sweater. Sometimes it’s too warm to wear one, but I find I need one on the actual flight to use as a blanket while I sleep, because I always sleep on my flights. πŸ™‚

I can also pack a few low carb snacks that way. By the time I put a small laptop, a few snacks, a sweater, a book, etc into a shoulder bag – well, it’s just easier to roll a small carry-on! Plus you may have noticed I always dress to match my bag (lol). That’s just something FUN I like to do…

I had to get up super early for this flight, and ended up having half a package of sunflower seeds before my morning flight. I was FAMISHED by the time I landed in Orlando (after my flight nap, lol) so I finished my sunflower seeds on the cab ride to my hotel.

traveling low carb snacks

The first order of business was COFFEE. πŸ™‚ I bring my own creamer on trips (to cut down on carbs!). That’s what I love about the powdered Coffee-Mate Sugar Free Hazelnut Creamer (1 carb per TBSP). I do pull it out of my carry-on when I go through security, and I make sure to bring one that hasn’t been opened yet. But I love having my own super low carb creamer wherever I am!

Sugar Free Coffee Creamer

I finally got settled in, and immediately went on the hunt for food. The hotel had a breakfast buffet set up. Bingo! πŸ™‚ It was full of carbs, as most buffets are, but I found some great low carb options to choose from. And they even had a chef doing cook-to-order eggs & omelets!

Low Carb Breakfast Buffet

I ordered a spinach omelet w/cheese, and also got some bacon:

LCHF Breakfast

Then I got a few other things off the buffet: raspberries, cream cheese, turkey & cheese slices:

Low Carb Breakfast Buffet Food

That made for a beautiful keto breakfast. πŸ™‚

I had lunch at the hotel pub that afternoon, and was impressed to discover a low carb option on their menu!

Low Carb Restaurant Menu

I ordered that bunless burger, without the onions. It was delicious!!

Low Carb Restaurant Lunch

I ate at the hotel pub again later that night, but this time I ordered the Caesar Salad with grilled salmon (no croutons).

Low Carb Restaurant Dinner

I’ve never seen lemon wrapped up like a little gift with a bow. πŸ™‚ haha – and the Romaine Leave was big enough to fan myself with!

Lynn Terry aka Low Carb Traveler

I had the breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant again the next morning, this time with: sausage links, turkey, raspberries & cream cheese.

LCHF Breakfast Buffet Foods

For lunch I grabbed the bunless burger again because it was SO good! And I grabbed it to go because I had to be in the conference room quickly – as I was speaking on a panel shortly. So I just took it with me and ate it in my lap. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Take-Out

That night I met friends for dinner at the other end of the mall. They chose Buca di Peppo – an Italian place. Here’s me sporting my fun new green dress, thanks to the power of Spanx! πŸ™‚

Low Carb Italian

The menu was a bit challenging, so I asked if they had a gluten free or low carb menu. And they did! πŸ™‚ It had some great low carb meal options on it. I ordered a “warm spinach salad” and also ordered grilled salmon & green beans too.

Eating Low Carb at Buca Italian

It was TONS of food. πŸ˜›

I put the salmon on the salad, and ate the green beans on the side. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Dinner at Buca Italian

Later that night I went up to the VIP Party for a bit, and admittedly… had a few too many drinks. A few too many being 3 small drinks (lol). I usually drink rum & diet coke (zero carbs) but the only rum they had was flavored (sugar!!!) so I think I had vodka & diet coke (ack!).

Anyway, fortunately room service was delivering until 1am… lol. I ordered the Chicken Piccata with green beans and broccoli, ate that in bed, and crashed. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Room Service: Chicken Picatta

For obvious reasons I was late getting started the next morning, so I got breakfast take-out from the buffet. Because those fresh berries & cream cheese were just too good to pass up!!

Keto Breakfast

I love LOVE love berries & cream cheese!! A little bit of each tastes better than any cheesecake I’ve ever had. πŸ™‚ YUM!

Low Carb Treat: Fresh Berries & Cream Cheese

I had lunch in the hotel restaurant that day. I ordered a seafood salad that had crab, shrimp, avocado – and a baked parmesan wedge. Delicious! I ordered the dressing on the side. It turns out it didn’t need any… Very tasty salad!

Low Carb Seafood Salad

Bill of DishonChefs.com joined us. πŸ™‚

Food Bloggers

I had dinner in the hotel pub later that evening, and ordered the Chicken Picatta again. πŸ™‚ This time with broccoli and green beans.

Chicken Picatta Low Carb Meal

Then we had a private concert with Bret Michaels of Poison fame. πŸ™‚ This is where I got TONS of FitBit steps dancing, and enjoyed Rum & Diet Coke drinks (zero carb). πŸ™‚

Bret Michaels of Poison

I had a super early lunch the next day (I just had coffee for breakfast) and got it to-go from the pub so I could eat in the conference room. I ordered the bunless burger again (so good!!) with green beans this time instead of broccoli.

Low Carb Bunless Burger

For dinner that night I met a couple of friends at La Madeleine in the Florida Mall – which was attached to the Florida Hotel & Convention Center where we were staying.

La Madeleine Low Carb

That was probably the worst meal I had the entire trip. I was tired, and just kind of picked something quickly off the menu. I ended up getting a weird spinach salad with strawberries, bacon & mushrooms. VERY ood combo. πŸ˜›

Spinach Strawberry Low Carb Salad

I just ate it anyway – blech. LOL. It definitely could have used some feta cheese or something – and no mushrooms with strawberries. πŸ˜›

My lunch the next day, take out again in the conference room – this time I got grilled salmon with broccoli & green beans… and pesto on the side. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Restaurant Meal

This is me about to catch my flight back to Tennessee, matching my luggage again. πŸ™‚

Low Carb Traveler

 

I ended my trip by meeting up with Kathy, a low carb friend I made on Instagram, and we had a delicious low carb lunch and GREAT conversation!! I’ll share that meal and all the fun things we talked about that day with you in a next post. πŸ™‚

All of these meals were from the Florida Hotel & Conference Center in Orlando, and the attached Florida Mall. The pub was open more than the restaurant, and they were GREAT with special orders – very accommodating. πŸ™‚ Most places are, you just have to ASK for what you want.

It’s a great place to stay, with a restaurant and pub AND a Starbucks right in the hotel and conference area. And of course the mall is attached with several other restaurant options too.

Anyway, I hope that quick photo tour gave you some meal ideas you can make at home, or order when you’re out & about! πŸ™‚ *cheers*

Best,
Lynn Terry,
aka @LowCarbTraveler


 

About Lynn Terry

I love making the low carb diet EASY for people with a busy lifestyle (like me!) with my KISS / Keep It Simple method. :) About Lynn Terry: Host of the Low Carb Challenge

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18 Responses to Photo Tour of my Orlando Low Carb Meals

  1. Donna says:

    Fun to read! You make it look so easy. I’ve followed you for quite sometime. I just started yesterday eating low carb. I made it a whole day! Either the exception of sugar in my coffee. I know not level but I did not have any other dessert or bread yesterday, which is a big, big, biggy for me. Anyway, thanks for all your sharing and ideas! You are an inspiration!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Thank you, Donna! πŸ™‚ Eating low carb really IS easy. It’s just about making certain food choices, and you have to make food choices every day anyway – several times a day. πŸ™‚

      Kudos for getting started!! Coffee was the hardest part for me when I first started. I used Splenda instead of sugar at first, which took a little getting used to. I like the sugar free hazelnut powdered creamer a lot better. πŸ™‚

      You really will have to replace the sugar – and make sure you’re tracking – because if you eat sugar/carbs AND try to eat LCHF (low carb high fat) you could actually gain weight. :p

  2. Labonnie Binyard says:

    Thanx for the great tips…
    They really helped with variety

  3. Diane Balding says:

    Love your blog and news letter.
    I love that you like Southwest Airlines. My son is a Captain with SWA. He has probably been your pilot. ( :
    Who takes your photos, do you travel with a friend?
    Who do you work for or what is your profession?
    I am a grand-mother who works hard in this diet game of weight. UGH!
    Have you heard of bullet proof coffee? My slim trim daughter and her husband drink it every morning and not hungry until noon. They are on the Paleo Diet…. it is similar to the Atkins… Paleo Diet stresses eating ‘clean’!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      Hi Diane πŸ™‚ Great to meet you! How cool that your son is a Southwest Captain!! I always enjoy the crew, love the comfort, the free luggage and complimentary drinks. On my recent Vegas trip I flew Frontier Airlines: http://www.travelinglowcarb.com/9299/low-carb-traveling/ Ack! What a hassle. πŸ˜› NEVER AGAIN, haha.

      At the actual event, friends took the photos. The photos of me at the airport… were taken by very nice complete strangers. πŸ™‚ lol. It’s funny how many times I hand off my phone asking for a photo – and get it back with selfies of THEM on it too. lol.

      Paleo and Low Carb are very similar and have a lot of crossover, with just a few distinct differences. I eat as clean as I can on low carb (as you can see from my photos), but I’m not super strict about it (ie my coffee creamer).

      I have tried BPC (bullet proof coffee) but don’t use it myself. Mostly because it takes more time and makes more mess lol – and I didn’t find it kept me full as long as a handful of pecans or another healthy fat (with more nutritional value).

    • Lynn Terry says:

      For work – I’ve been in business for just over 19 years. I work from home as a professional blogger, international speaker and I also do some consulting.

      I travel by choice, often to industry conferences or to visit friends – and often to see friends AT the industry events. πŸ™‚

  4. Lila says:

    Hi Lynn,
    I recently found your blog and I love it! I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes and have been cutting carbs out and intermittently fasting. I find I am able to keep my sugars down without having to go on medication. My doctor is monitoring me every 4 months but can’t believe how well my numbers have been doing. Eating low carb is new for me and takes alot of willpower. I love your snack ideas and food combinations that I would never have thought of! Thank you for sharing your life with us. It has been a blessing to me and I look forward to your email every day. Keep up the good work!

  5. Marita Young says:

    I have been following you for some time, and especiall enjoyed your photo journal of your visit to Orlando (where I live) You do make it look so easy and delish! You truly motivate me. And may I say that picture of you in the green dress in front of Buca you look fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Cathy Cleveland says:

    Just thought I would recommend a Vodka with unsweetened Tea. I add liquid Stevia. I carry it in my purse all the time.

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  8. It was great meeting you and learning about your blog and low carb lifestyle while in Orlando at the conference.

    The food pictures are great. I wish I would have eaten as well. Getting ready to go on a paleo type of diet so I will be following your lead closely.

    Maybe I will see you at an Avett Brothers concert in the future.

    Safe travels!

    • Lynn Terry says:

      It was great to meet you as well, Greg. πŸ™‚ I especially like to eat healthy when I’m traveling or on vacation, simply because I feel better and can ENJOY my trip more. And it means I’m less bloated and avoid feeling lethargic & icky. πŸ˜‰

      I’m a HUGE fan of The Avett Brothers!! I can’t believe I haven’t been to a live show yet this year. I’m fixing that in a few weeks though – lol.

      Paleo and Low Carb do have a lot of crossover. I chose the low carb lifestyle because I have chronic pain & inflammation issues from a car accident when I was younger. Or I do when I eat carbs, that is. Carbs promote inflammation in the body, so eating low carb is an easy remedy for anyone with inflammatory arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc.

  9. Janera says:

    Good afternoon,

    I need some help, I need to lost weight over 50lbs and do not know how to start.

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