Try eating low carb for just a few weeks and you notice convenience foods are loaded with carbohydrates. Think about how many varieties of sandwiches, burgers, egg rolls, breakfast options, doughnuts, fries, etc. Take it a step further, look through your cabinets see how many bags of chips, pretzels, crackers, (the salty processed foods) ;how many cookies, candies, chocolates (sweet junk food varietals) there are. Read over menus for fast food restaurants, casual food restaurants, even gas station menus and offerings. It is clear carbs run the show when it comes to convenient foods and shelf stables foods (processed foods). So how does someone stay low carb in the high pace society the runs on convenience foods? Start with reading between the lines!
Here are some easy low carb hacks for picking apart fast food menus, looking over the options at gas stations, and buying shelf stable foods. The number 1 best option and always best option will be making your own foods and planning ahead then packing them to bring with you.
1. All fast food restaurants have burgers and/or grilled and/or roasted chicken sandwiches. These are great options order it the way you like it and ask for no bun (if you get the bun toss it to the birds or in the trash).
2. Almost all fast food restaurants have salads on their menus...order them. Stay clear from the fruit loaded salads and vinaigrette style dressings that are full of fruit flavors (these are typically high in sugar).
3. Gas stations are probably the hardest to get by. Start with looking for nut and seed mixes. Look through the prepared deli section, some stations have boiled eggs and fresh cut vegetables. Are there options to make a simple tuna salad or chicken salad (canned tuna or canned chicken mayo packets, chopped vegetables, salt and pepper)?
4. Shopping frequently is always going to be a key part of following a low carb diet. But if you need to keep shelf stable food on stock here are some good options: canned or packaged tuna, canned or packaged chicken, canned vegetables (not corn), canned sardines and other fish varietals, low carb protein mixes, nut and seed mixes, etc. (there are new products coming out each week "moon cheese" is one of the new ones).
5. Stock up on frozen vegetable mixes....these are huge time savers for all families.