With the warm weather upon us, it’s time for enjoying family get togethers and picnics outdoors. It doesn’t have to be difficult to stay low carb, even when you don’t have access to a kitchen. Here are 4 low carb lunch ideas that you can carry along with you in a cooler to enjoy on the go.
Salads are an incredibly versatile food and can be made to suit anyone’s tastes! They are so easy to make up and store in a lidded container. Just remember to keep your dressing in a separate container so your lettuce doesn’t wilt.
Be sure to carefully consider the carb content of each add-on when you’re building your salad so you can stay on track with your goals. Don’t forget to pack a fork!
Ideas for topping greens to make tasty salads include:
- slivered almonds
- chopped hard boiled eggs
- chopped lunch meat
- avocado pieces
- shredded cheese
- sliced steak
- toasted pecans
- bell peppers
- grilled chicken
Whether you make your wrap with a low carb tortilla or a huge leaf of lettuce, wraps are a fun and portable lunch. There are so many ways to wrap your meal. Here are a few suggestions:
- low carb tortilla spread with no sugar added nut butter and jelly
- large leaf lettuce stuffed with grilled chicken, shredded cheddar, ranch dressing, and spinach
- low carb tortilla rolled up with taco meat, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, sour cream, and salsa
- large leaf lettuce filled with tuna or chicken salad
What is a gathering without a huge batch of deviled eggs? The good news is that they make a tasty entree item that’s easy to take along on the go.
Thinking about mixing it up and creating a new variety? Choose one or more of these to change your regular recipe and really spice things up:
- hot sauce
- finely chopped ham
- dijon mustard
- shredded cheese
- crumbled bacon pieces
- green chilies
Sandwiches are sometimes seen as a rare treat in the low carb world, because bread can have such a high carb count. There are many alternatives to help you cut the carbs, such as using portobello mushrooms or lettuce instead of bread. You could even serve it open face on a single slice of bread or on a low carb flatbread. Still, there are many great pre-made low carb breads, mixes, and recipes out there so that you can partake in a more traditional sandwich.
Sandwiches are a picnic staple, but that doesn’t mean they have to be boring!
Here are a few yummy options:
- turkey, avocado, spinach, and red onion with a dash of salt and pepper
- shredded beef with onion and sliced cheddar
- meatloaf and cheese
- salami, pepperoni, provolone, onion, and a little oregano
- ham, gouda, dijon mustard, and pickles
Picnics are a great way to connect with friends and family. Eating on the go can be both easy and satisfying. Be sure to stock your cooler with some of these low carb entrees, paired with some fresh cut veggies.
What is your favorite picnic food?