Eating on the Road

Sometimes we find ourselves too busy to be able to stop. When we do, it’s full of chips, Maccas, donuts and fries. In order for you body to digest properly, its best to stop for 10 minutes and actually eat mindfully. When your on the run, the body is in a state of fight or flight mode, which means your blood pumps harder and energy is given to the vital organ. This means our digestion is compromised and we often don’t absorb what we eat. But when the going gets tough, and we cant stop, there are always options.

Petrol stations are getting better, there are good options! One place I am seeing more of is Olivers - if you see it, choose from this place (especially the guys on the road). There are quite a few along the highways now (near Kingscliff), or look for your nearest one online. If not, every petrol station will have some sort of fruit, nut or paleo bars.

It’s even better if you can plan ahead. I have given it some thought and come out with these easy to grab finger foods that can also pass as a half decent meal.

Veggies in a Jar

Get creative with this, it doesn’t always have to be celery or carrots. Choose your favourite veggie and nut butter combo. If you have a nut allergy or want to change it up, use hummus or a good dip as an alternative.

Combos:

  • carrot, cucumber and hummus

  • celery peanut butter

  • carrots and almond butter

  • shredded chicken on celery

Kebabs

Thanks Aquilla, the best idea for the boys on the road. Again, get creative. All you have to do here is literally spike and grill.

Here are some combo ideas for you, grill a big batch and have them ready for your lunches. Pair with a good organic chunk of aged cheese - triple cream brie, blue cheese…ect. High fat Keto diets are about noticing when you are hungry, getting into ketosis and providing your body with the easiest source of energy when you need it - which is fat (GOOD fat…no trans or highly FAKE saturated fats in canola oil and margarine)! So pay attention to when you need it.

Combos:

  • Chicken, zucchini, capsicum, red onion slices

  • beef and halloumi (quality over quantity remember)

  • Prawn, mango/pineapple and lime

  • Chicken, mango, capsicum, onion

  • sweet potato (small pieces to ensure it cooks), halloumi and and beef

  • lamb, capsicum, broccoli - herb mix sprinkled on top (you can pre buy these mix herbs, here is an example, but make it more simple if you don’t have everything

  • prawn, avocado (put this on after grilling) and mango

  • mushrooms, feta, zucchini

Remember you can do a vegetarian or fruit one, its really up to what you love!

Use herbs, olive oils, coconut oils, lemons and honey to add the flavours

Note: Keep them all similar sizes in cubed pieces to ensure cooking time is similar.

Zucchini Fritters

These are easy one handed munchers. Make a big batch and have them ready for a couple days layer. Don’t feel like you have to eat the same thing over again. Get into a routine of having those things prepared and making double to freeze half just in case!

Here is a Keto version

Carrot and Zucchini

Chicken and sage here

Or mine here

Zucchini Fritters
Chicken and Sage Fritters

Make mince or chicken patties - these are great road side eats that you can dip into a sauce and eat.

Meat Balls

They are actually so easy to make, and yes freezer friendly too, so make a double batch.

Snack Box

Now, these can be filled with pre-chopped goods, preparation is major with eating healthy, and in time it will become automatic and a great habit.

 Image from thekitchn.com

Image from thekitchn.com

COMBOS

  • Boiled eggs, a slice of brie cheese, almonds, cucumber sticks and a roll of ham

  • Baked broccoli, smoked salmon rolled, walnuts, cucumber, celery

  • roasted chicken leg/wing, sliced apples, chunk of triple cream brie, roasted sweet potato

  • meat balls, avocado sliced, carrot sticks, sliced tomatoes

  • zucchini fritters or breakfast casserol

10 Keto ideas - here - please remember, quality is the key, buy organic when using cheese and meats.

NOTE: when roasting or cutting, make them larger than usual so you can pick them up with your hands.

 Image from lowcarbyum.com

Image from lowcarbyum.com

Breakfast Casserole

These are the best! Just make it, slice it up into squares and it’s ready to go.

Mince breaky casserole

Frittata Muffins




Cabbage or rice Paper Rolls

Think of sweet and savoury. Put the sauce into the roll so you don’t have to dip when driving.

combos

You can also bake them:

 Picture: Livestrong.com

Picture: Livestrong.com

Once prepared, the outside of the rice paper wrappers should be brushed with just enough oil to lightly coat them all over. Place the rolled rice paper wrappers on a baking sheet on the centre tray/rack. Preheat oven to 180 degrees fan forced. Bake the rice papers for approximately 20 to 25 minutes, flipping them over halfway through the cooking time, or when they are lightly golden brown. Let cool for five minutes. They will continue to brown and harden.


Smoothies

You need to get a good thermos for this - invest in one that keeps it cold for a while, it will be worth it. I find hydroflask is my favourite, also try these - 9 hrs cold
Smoothies:

Coco Almond butter

  • 2 tbsp coco

  • 2 tbsp almond butter or almonds

  • 1 cup of coconut water or almond milk

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil

  • 1 frozen banana

  • Ice

BLEND!

Clean green

  • 1/4 a frozen avocado

  • 1/2 mango - optional (swap for kiwi, or banana)

  • 1/2 frozen cucumber

  • handful of leafy greens

  • squeeze of lemon

  • 1 cup coconut water

BLEND!

Berry Blend

  • 1 cup frozen berries

  • 2 dates or stevia

  • 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk

  • 1 tbsp ghee or organic butter

  • hand full of macadamia

Peanut butter espresso smoothie

blend

Keto Chocolate bomb

  • 1/2 an Avocado, frozen if can

  • 1 scoop of gelatin or collagen

  • 1 tbsp coco powder

  • 1/2 banana or 3 dates

  • 1 cup almond milk

  • 1/2 tsp cinamon

  • 1/2 - 1 cup Ice

Blend

 

Meat loaf

Mums meat loaf

easy to grab and even better for leftovers


Make things bigger than usual for hand friendly foods - cook n larger pieces

Roasted Veggie Lunch

ROasteed Veggies

Make them larger than usual, cut them into bigger chunks so you can pick them up with your hands. Don’t chop them smaller than 3-4cm and cook them for a bit longer to ensure they are cooked through.


Keto cookies and Nut bars!

Keto Nut bAr

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Tarnea O'Meara