As you probably know already, I don’t really do any major planning or “meal prep” but rather keep it simple and just eat low carb foods as I go about my usual life.
I do track all of my meals and macros as I go though. I find that really helps me with mindful eating – and also to monitor how certain foods or even my macros are affecting me.
I hope it helps you to see a photo tour of my keto meals and of me living a low carb life. To give you new low carb food ideas of course, but also to see how easy it is to log them and eat within your keto macros from day to day.
Easy Keto Life On The Go (Keep It Simple!)
This food diary is for Sunday, because I’m a few days behind like that right now – on everything, lol. 😉
I got in two really nice hikes last week. It was just a few good miles (2-3) each time with some nice inclines here and there, but it felt SO good to be outdoors!! I’m working my way back up to longer, more adventurous hikes like I used to do…
It feels great to be active again & working on getting strong & lean like I was before. 💪
I always feel my best when I’m working toward a goal… and also when I’m near a waterfall or in the sunshine. 🌞
It’s so easy to get complacent when you reach your goal weight -OR- when nothing seems to be working. But it feels SO much better to push yourself just a little more – and even more so when you’re doing something fun that you LOVE. ❤
Think back to a time in your weight loss journey that you felt HAPPIEST and the most MOTIVATED. Whatever you were doing then… get back to that. 😉
Make yourself a priority!! 💕
My Low Carb Meals on Sunday
I got up at 3am on Sunday so I had breakfast before sunrise. That made for a LONG day of course. Add in a decent outdoor workout and I ate more than I would on a typical day… but all in line with the hours I was awake, eating only when hungry, and the energy spend.
Dinner was at a restaurant “on the spot” so I’ll show you how I decided what to order without being prepared for that stop, and how I logged it.
Breakfast was a simple plate of cheesy eggs: quick & easy!
It was closer to lunch when we headed out for a hike, so we opted for a quick grab at Hardee’s (a fast food drive-thru, also called Carl’s Jr’s in some areas).
I ordered the Low Carb Charbroiled Chicken Club, and I got it plain with cheese (no tomato or mayo) this time – to avoid dripping & driving. 😉
Hardee’s will make anything on the menu in a lettuce wrap for you. At almost any fast food restaurant you can order any sandwichin a lettuce wrap or just without the bun.
You might notice the bacon is also missing, since it’s a “club” sandwich! 🥓 Aaron doesn’t eat beef or pork, so to make it quick & easy I ordered two chickens without the bacon (plain w/cheese) because I was hungry – but in a hurry. 😁🏃♀️
Note: the nutrition calculator on their website & mobile version are both not working right 🙄 but the burger is a better choice because this ^ is BBQ chicken.
Out For An Afternoon Hike with Keto Snacks…
I always pack keto snacks or bars when I go hiking, because I never know how long I might be off in the woods – and also because that handful of chicken & lettuce was NOT going to fuel us very far on the trails. 😛
I usually take the FBOMB macadamia nut butter packs on hikes because they’re really satisfying and super compact. They’re also all natural (just real food).
Aaron prefers the sweeter nut butters, and fortunately Legendary Foods recently put their flavored nut butters in squeeze packs too!
👫 So now we’re BOTH happy, with our “his & hers” snack packs! 🙂
I have discounts for both, depending if you prefer all natural or sweet treats. Both are delicious! Here are the links & codes:
The coupon code is LOWCARBTRAVELER for a discount on both sites.
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Aaron and I met through a local hiking group toward the end of 2016. I shared more about that here. We’ve both been off the trails for awhile due to crazy work schedules, so it felt GREAT to get outdoors for a good workout – and to spend some unplugged downtime together doing something we both love. 💕
I brought a variety of the nut butter packets with me in case we needed something to hold us over until dinner – and we did!!
I decided to try one of the sweeter Legendary Foods nut butter flavors (Apple Pie) with my FBOMB Macadamia Pecan w/Sea Salt – which is just that: macadamia nuts, pecans and sea salt.
That was an AMAZING flavor combination!! 🙂
More on that in a sec, I’m thinking a recipe or creative idea with this combo just might happen…
Choosing a Keto Dinner at Ruby Tuesday
We were both famished after hiking in the sunshine for a few hours, so we decided to go to Ruby Tuesday for dinner in the closest town.
I looked up the nutrition facts on their website for a few things on my phone before I decided what to order, which was easy enough to do real quick while the server was getting our ice water.
I had some cucumber slices dipped in ranch dressing off Aaron’s salad bar plate while I was waiting on my meal too. 😉
I love dipping & finger foods! 🙂
After looking over the menu and nutrition facts, I ordered the Asiago Bacon Chicken and for my two sides I picked braised green beans and fresh grilled zucchini.
Ruby Tuesday has great nutrition information on their website. It details out all the ingredients even. So I could easily see exactly what came on the Asiago Bacon Chicken, and the carb count for each ingredient too. Nice! 🙂
There were two chicken breasts, butter & seasoning, bacon, baby bella mushrooms and shaved asiago cheese.
I only ended up eating one of the chicken breasts and one of the bacon slices, and wasn’t in the mood for the mushrooms.
I was too interested in my vegetables to finish the entree, lol!
Their green beans are a personal favorite, and I ordered a side of their Parmesan Cream Sauce (2 carbs) to dip them in. Did I mention how much I love finger food & dipping?! 🙂
I did look the sides up as well before choosing them, just to make sure they didn’t have any added sugar or ingredients I didn’t want.
The “Fresh Grilled Zucchini” was fabulous as usual, too!
I ate about half of this side and ALL of the green beans, so I had one chicken breast & some zucchini to bring home and eat later.
After a long day that started super early, a beautiful hike and a great dinner, I enjoyed an Iced Coffee from Starbucks on the drive home.
If you’ve read my Starbucks post at that link you know I just log the HWC (Heavy Whipping Cream) because it’s the only thing in my iced coffee with any macronutrients. 😉
Hardee’s nutrition calculator is not working right on their website or the mobile version, so I’m not sure my entry in MyFitnessPal below is accurate – but I called it “close enough.”
The reason my Ruby Tuesday meal is logged all as individual ingredients is because I didn’t eat the entire entree: only one breast & bacon slice (instead of two of each), and none of the mushrooms.
I like mushrooms, I just wasn’t feeling them that day. 😉
I find that’s the easiest way to log some restaurant meals, and especially your special requests – just by entering the individual foods or ingredients, and sometimes giving it your best “guesstimate.”
MyFitnessPal Food Diary for Sunday
I went a little over my usual goal of “20 net carbs max” for the day, but it was a LONG day (starting at 3am – ack!). That plus a decent outdoor workout meant I ate more than I would on a typical day – but it’s still easily within “keto range” and I don’t sweat the numbers THAT hard.
26 Net Carbs
Protein: 101 grams
72% Fat, 23% Protein
You’ll notice that Protein is only 23% of my total daily calories, yet I had 101 grams of protein. The recommended daily amount of protein for women is 46 grams a day.
So while I’m eating “high fat” I’m also getting *plenty* of protein.
This is why you can’t go by grams, but rather have to go by ratios or percentages. See this link for a detailed explanation & illustration of proper macro ratios:
I really enjoyed the Legendary/FBOMB combo of Macadamia Pecan and Apple Pie nut butters on my hike, so I tried that again the other night when I needed a snack.
This time I tried Macadamia Coconut with the Blueberry Cinnamon Bun. 😍
I’d be hard pressed to tell you which flavor combo was better, but I promise to continue switching them all up in crazy mixups together and let you know if I can ever successfully pick a favorite. 😀 haha
Here are the links & discount code again for those:
The coupon code is LOWCARBTRAVELER for a discount on both sites.
On the topic of FBOMB, you know I’ve been using their nut butter packets quite a bit lately. Those have become a staple for me because they’re good clean “real food” and SO convenient (in the car, at my desk, on the trails – you name it!).
We’re having a conversation here this week on their MCT C8 & C10 Oil – and why I started using it in my morning coffee, and the results I experienced…
(I was nothing short of amazed at how it soothed my stomach and gave me instant relief – and happily surprised when I found out why.)
Their new Keto Krunch cheese snacks are back in stock again too finally, and 15-25% off this week! You can get another 20% off with my discount code, for up to 45% off – if you hurry. They will sell out FAST like they did last time. 😉
They have a variety pack, but Buffalo is my favorite so far. I haven’t tried Chili Lime yet but I have a feeling it’ll pull a close second. You can see all 4 options here:
FBOMB Keto Krunch Snack Flavors
You’ll see the sale prices at checkout, then ALSO add the code LOWCARBTRAVELER at checkout for an additional 20% off anything on the site – including sale prices today, for up to 45% off the Keto Krunch snacks.
These are the ONLY keto cheese snacks I even like. I gave away all my parm crisps, moon cheese, cheese crisps etc – they’re just too hard, or too salty, or just… not too good, lol.
These are GREAT though – for dipping, snacking, as a salad topper (my favorite). They got the “krunch” just right, and the flavor is perfect.
I love these dipped in ranch, so they really MAKE a salad. 🙂
At almost half off this week with my LOWCARBTRAVELER code, this is a GREAT deal. I imagine they’ll sell out fast like last time…
Anyway, that’s my Sunday in a “quick photo tour” along with the hot topics we’re discussing around the web. Hopefully it was helpful for you to see a typical day (especially a day off) in my low carb life – and how I stay in ketosis even when I’m on the go and choosing meals on the fly. 🙂
How are things going with you?
I would love to hear an update. Are you feeling motivated and inspired now that it’s Spring, are you struggling with anything I can maybe help with, or just coasting along doing just fine?
Leave a comment and let’s chat!:)
I’m off to hunt down something for dinner. I had the MCT Oil in my coffee again this morning, then turned my keto granola into cereal, and had a low carb snack late this afternoon… it’s been a FULL work day, so I’m ready to find a hot meal! 🙂 What are you having??
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