How To Navigate The Unexpected Carbs


That’s me. And that’s my figure, which I aim to maintain. I still have a good 10-15 pounds to lose too. Okay, maybe 20. Whatever. I hide it well in that picture. 😉 LOL…

Anyway, I don’t have time for carbs – unless they’re the green kind.

Yesterday I was out and about, and I stopped at the JoZoara Coffee Shop (a favorite little spot!) to sit on the patio and enjoy lunch in the sunshine.

I ordered the chicken salad over a bed of spinach: “add crumbled feta and sliced almonds please!”.

I eat there a lot, so I knew what to expect, but I’m going to show you what to do when you find yourself navigating a not-so-low-carb meal…

First rule of thumb in a low carb lifestyle: Anytime you know you’re going to eat out that day, eat super clean otherwise. Meaning as low carb or as close to zero carb as you can, to accommodate for potential hidden carbs in restaurant foods.

Second rule of thumb for any low carber: Always be prepared!

Here’s what my salad looked like when it hit the table:

JoZoara Chicken Salad

Beautiful, right? 🙂 Yes, but I don’t eat dried cranberries. I love them, but damn the sugar! 😛 Those little beauties will rack up a serious carb count.

Here’s a close-up of the salad:

JoZoara Spinach Salad

Fortunately I had “my stash” in my bag. LOL, yes, that got a couple of sideways glances when I pulled it out like that. haha. It’s just crushed pecans! Carefully measured of course, as all stashes should be…

Low Carb Lifestyle

So here’s what I did: I plucked out the cranberries and added about half the pecans. Did anybody look at me funny? I don’t know, and I don’t care – it’s my hips we’re talking about here, not theirs! 😛

Eating Sugar Free

Here’s what my New & Improved salad looked like:

LCHF Spinach Salad

Here, let’s get a little closer:

Healthy Low Carb Meal


You’ll notice (below) that I entered the ingredients into MyFitnessPal individually, and that I did add 1/2 TBSP of dried cranberries to my log – just because there were a few little tidbits that were sneakily hiding in bites. I tasted them in there, darn it! lol…

MyFitnessPal Net Carb Food Diary

The chicken salad was probably zero carb otherwise, instead of 2 – because all it had was chicken, mayo & celery. I asked. 🙂

Anyway, there you have it – my awesome lunch yesterday!

Happy Low-Carbing… *cheers*

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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