My daughter is back home, and back on track (!!) so I wanted to share what we’ve each been eating – since we eat different meals, at different times. As I sat down to share this week’s “keto meal photo tour” with you, I realized… neither of us have cooked this week 👀 not even once!
Here’s what we’ve been eating, and how we get through an entire week “winging it” – without cooking or planning ahead.
If you prefer to cook, these are some ideas for meals you can make at home to mix things up this week. Or some helpful tips for what to grab on those days you didn’t plan, or don’t feel like cooking.
As one example, if I’m out all day or on the road, I’ll get just sausage & eggs from a Wendy’s or McDonald’s drive-thru. I order it “3 fried eggs and 3 sausage patties, please” (but you can get just 1 of each, or two – or just sausage, or just fried eggs):
Someone mentioned wanting to make perfect round eggs at home like that. 🍳
Here you go! Egg Ring Set For Frying Shaping Eggs
Perfect for weekly meal prep, mini low carb pancakes & skillet chaffles too, or a keto version of “potato cakes” using mashed avocado 🥑 or leftover caulimash instead.
As a side note, my daughter is picking up extra shifts at work and I’ve been really unwell lately, so it’s not necessarily a typical week for either of us. But life gets that way sometimes!
Here’s how we stay on track on “those weeks”… including keto friendly restaurant meals & take-out, movie night snacks, quick low carb dinners, keto freezer meals, simple snacks and easy lunches!
📌 A quick time sensitive note before we jump in though…
- You can still get up to 45% off Perfect Keto Bars right now, but that ends SOON. I stocked up on their protein bars on this 45% off Perfect Keto Bars page, but if you only want 1 box of bars – or anything else at Perfect Keto use this 15% off link instead.
I stocked up on the keto bars with that 45% off link! I got 7 boxes of bars and they added a free gift (keto brownie mix). Great deal!!
I just ate another one of their Mallow Munch bars I said I didn’t like that much. It’s still not my favorite, but they’re growing on me! lol… I definitely like the Peanut Butter rice crispy treat best 🥜 if you’re unsure which flavor to try.
- I got my ChocZero order with the NEW white chocolate bars! I can’t wait to try those.😍 Browse ChocZero.com for new products & current sales. If you decide to order keto friendly chocolates or syrups, add code TRAVELINGLOWCARB at checkout for our discount. 💕
I really enjoy my PK bars & collagen, and love ChocZero and other great snacks & treats now and then, but I will ONLY order when there’s a great deal or a really good sale. ‼️ So I try to share those with you too, since I’m always scouting them for myself. 😉
🥘 Keto Food Diary: Our Easy Low Carb Meals
It’s been really nice to have my adult daughter home more lately. 🥰 We did “takeout & a movie” on Saturday night when she got off work. I’d been craving salmon, so that was perfect timing!
I ordered the grilled blackened salmon from Applebee’s and a side of their spinach artichoke dip. I didn’t want the whole appetizer OR the whole meal (the salmon comes with two sides) so I just ordered each a la carte like this:
“I’d like the blackened salmon, just the salmon, light on the seasoning please, and a cup of the spinach artichoke dip on the side.”
That was delicious together. 🙂
👩🍳 If you’re cooking at home, I’ve heard grilled salmon is amazing in an air fryer (!) and you can make your own creamed spinach. I keep the Pictsweet Farms Steamables cutleaf spinach in the freezer for quick sides like that.
My daughter was craving a Steak Caesar Salad so she ordered the Bourbon Street Steak (medium) with sauteed onions & mushrooms, and a caesar salad with no croutons in place of the sides:
Then she just sliced up the steak & toppings over her salad. 👌
I haven’t been eating dinner most nights lately because I haven’t felt well, so I eat maybe one whole meal a day – and often make two meals out of it.
My daughter brought home take-out from Applebee’s again Sunday night for her dinner. She usually eats light during the day, then has a bigger dinner meal.
Grilled chicken topped with a 3 cheese blend and sauteed mushrooms & onions, plus “loaded broccoli” (steamed broccoli topped with cheese & sour cream) on the side:
Fact: for a middle-of-nowhere town, we have one of the BEST Applebee’s here!
I got up early for work on Monday morning and had my collagen coffee and a keto protein bar at my desk (my usual) ☕️ then my daughter came in with lunch that afternoon.
This time, take-out from Waffle House: cheesy scrambled eggs & bacon. 🥓
I love when she brings food when she pops in between shifts. 🥰
Otherwise I usually just eat at my desk, since I’m working from home and it’s just me.
Something simple like roasted pecans & a babybel cheese, or some blueberries and almond butter with a mozzarella stick – or a slice of colby jack cheese with natural peanut butter:
I don’t have a huge appetite in ketosis, and even less lately with longcovid, so something like that satisfies me until I do work up an appetite for a hot meal – or if I’m not feeling well, and need something simple to settle my stomach.
We both had a nice hot meal for dinner later Monday night…
Annie had grilled chicken thighs with loaded broccoli and two boiled eggs, all drizzled with cajun sauce:
That’s the Cajun Chicken pre-made meal I get for her, plus boiled eggs she usually keeps made up to grab on her way out the door. Evolve sells their dressings and sauces by the jar now, but my favorite “spicy mayo” is the Chipotle Lime Mayo from Primal Kitchen.
👩🍳 I use it to make a sauce in this Spicy Shrimp Stir Fry dish that EVERYONE loves!
I had chicken alfredo with steamed broccoli 🥦 and one of her boiled eggs w/cajun sauce. 🙂
👩🍳 Both of those meals we enjoyed are easy to recreate at home. I like the Bertolli brand alfredo sauce you can get in grocery stores, and keep the Pictsweet Farms Steamables broccoli florets on hand in the freezer. 🥦
On Tuesday my one big meal for the day was a hearty, fancy chicken salad with roasted pecans. A favorite! I have this meal at least twice a week, sometimes more.
👩🍳 Ingredients: Chicken Breast, Mayo, Celery, Red Grapes, Onions, Brown Mustard
I didn’t feel like having dinner, so my daughter found something to make for herself.
I totally forgot I had these Real Good Foods low carb enchiladas in the freezer!
I just checked, and my discount code LOWCARBTRAVELER still works for 15% off if you order online, but a lot of their frozen food items are available in stores now too.
It’s nice to have something quick you can grab out of the freezer when you don’t feel like cooking!
Their cauliflower crust pepperoni pizza is actually good. I didn’t like their original sausage crust pizza AT ALL, but the cauli-crust was great. Those are 50% off on their website right now – plus another 15% off with my LOWCARBTRAVELER discount code.
Anyway, my daughter LOVED the enchiladas – both flavors. 🫔 They’re too spicy for me, but she loved the chicken enchiladas AND the cheese enchiladas.
The newer item I like best is their Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Chicken.
It’s raw chicken so you have to cook it, but it’s already stuffed and wrapped and ready to bake! Those are really well made, and make for a fast delicious dinner with a quick side.
They have all kinds of low carb freezer foods, plus you can get free shipping and 15% off online. I’ve ordered from them 3 different times now, and every time was a great experience. They ship fast and in a cooler box with dry ice, so it arrives freezer-ready. 📦
Real Good Foods
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While she was in the freezer, I found a bag of Lolli’s Low Carb Peanut Butter Macadamia Clusters. 🤩 I totally forgot I stashed that bag!! I wasn’t feeling well, so a tasty snack-meal hit the spot while my daughter was enjoying all those spicy enchiladas. 😉
I just noticed Lolli’s dropped their prices and has new lower flat rate shipping. Nice! That link should automatically add it, but if not our discount code is LOWCARBTRAVELER .
Wednesday morning I had a Lemon Keto Bar at my desk – because I’m patiently waiting for my HUGE order (restock) of my favorite Almond Butter Brownie keto bars. 😉 I like the lemon poppyseed bar too, and sometimes it’s the perfect flavor to get me through the usual morning nausea.
Later in the afternoon I finished the chicken salad I opened the day before and added roasted pecans and shredded mozzarella. That sounded good for some reason. 🙂
Wednesday was a “sick day” too, start to finish (I have long covid) so I wasn’t up for dinner. I had one of those Peanut Butter Keto Rice Crispy Treats because the box was sitting out on the table… and something light & crunchy was the perfect thing at the moment.
That actually made me feel better, so I stayed up and watched a show with my daughter, and we both had a ChocZero sugar free chocolate bar. 🍫🥰 They make the BEST keto friendly chocolate!
* My discount code is TRAVELINGLOWCARB at ChocZero if you need one
I felt better on Thursday and actually woke up hungry! 🙂
I had a meat & egg scramble with ham, sausage & bacon topped with a little mozzarella. I could only eat about half, so I made two meals out of it yesterday.
Then last night I didn’t feel up for food again. Sometimes even the smell of cooked food makes me nauseaus, so I eat something simple and light instead.
This time, a Blueberry Fat Bomb. Those hold me over like a meal replacement bar. Some people don’t like these, but I think they’re great – tasty and satisfying!
They have really simple ingredients:
It’s been a hard week, to be honest. 🤦♀️ Monday was great, productive & focused! Tuesday and Wednesday – not so much: I could hardly function. 👎
Symptoms this week included: nausea, memory loss, extreme muscle fatigue, exhaustion, heart rate spikes, abdominal distension (painful), brain fog, zero appetite, even the smell of food makes me sick… blurred vision, ears ringing, scalp tingling, pressure in my head, IBS, indigestion, weight gain, body aches – mostly in my back muscles.
I think I slept most of two full days. This flare-up has been AWFUL. 🥴
I’m still having frequent heart rate spikes ^ like this. The cardiologist gave me a 25mg beta blocker to try but it makes me feel WEIRD and have muscle spasms in my chest – among other things. I’m testing half dose, and hoping my body adjusts.
The hardest part I think, besides very big health & lifestyle concerns 👀 is that it’s impossible to plan anything – because I never know how I’ll feel, or if I can even show up. 😜
I was doing so much better there for awhile I thought… 🤔 I’m not sure why it’s taken a downturn on me lately. 👎 So bizarre – and very unpredictable. Every day is different…
That’s why I get these pre-made low carb meals from Evolve. My daughter loves them too, for easily staying on track. That’s where we got the Cajun Chicken Thighs meal and the Chicken Alfredo w/Broccoli meal the night we ate at home – and where I get the fancy chicken salad.
This was my order this week:
Here’s my unboxing video for a super-quick description of what I ordered. 📦
Low carb meal prep: DONE❣ My discount code is LOWCARBTRAVELER for 15% off if you want to try it out: EatToEvolve.us 🥘 I just order what I want straight off the website menu.
–> Keto made Easy! 💯😊
I hope this food diary from our week gave you some ideas for things to try, or things to make at home. My daughter eats at work or on the go a lot, but she usually starts her day with a shake or bar, and keeps boiled eggs in the refrigerator for a quick grab.
Lately she’s been drinking collagen coffee in the morning (too) ☕️ in place of breakfast, and she loves the Perfect Keto Cinnamon Toast collagen powder with whipped cream. Interesting combo! She just dumps it all in her travel mug, gives it a shake, and runs out the door!
I’m hoping to cook some this weekend. 🙂
If I feel up for it I’m going to make sausage balls – with pimento cheese instead of shredded cheddar. A tasty twist! 👩🍳 And try out a new recipe: low carb “Strawberry Lime Muffins” with wild blueberries. And maybe cook that ribeye I have in the freezer. 😋
That’s the plan at least. I’m sort of taking it one day at a time right now, or really: one hour at a time.
To anyone else with longcovid, autoimmune disorders, dysautonomia, chronic pain & conditions of any kind… I see you, I feel you 💕 and I’m hoping to find more ways we can all make life better. xo
To everyone else… thank you for your kind words & notes, and for understanding why my food diaries are different than usual, and why I’m relying on simple/easy foods & meals I can eat without being able to get out much – or feeling up for cooking (at all) lately.
How are things going with you?
My daughter and I both had a collagen coffee this morning, and I helped her put together her Halloween costume for work this weekend, but I haven’t eaten anything yet today. It’s almost 4pm and I’m finally getting hungry though!
I’m planning to stay in this weekend myself, find a good movie to watch, do that baking I mentioned 🙂 and if I’m still feeling frisky: get my winter clothes out and go through those. It’s chilly here in Tennessee! 🍁🍂
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