Low Carb on the Road
My family and I have been on a road trip for the last week.
We've traveled from the yellow bridges of Pittsburgh to the blue whale of Tulsa and back again. I have to admit, it's been really hard sticking to my low carb diet. The road has been long and littered with uneaten french fries and discarded hamburger buns.
Here are a couple things I've learned along the way:
#1. It's good to pack a cooler, because roadside food really sucks. Just kidding! (But seriously, you should bring your own food.)
#2. Diners can be alright, if you just stick to meats, salads and green veggies. I had this meal at Patty's Diner, somewhere between Tennessee and Arkansas. It's a hamburger, with creamed spinach and a side salad. Once I added some mayo and threw away the greasy bun, I had a pretty good thing going.
I do miss desserts on my low carb diet, though. Low carb desserts exist, but you'll never find them in a roadside diner. Luckily, there was nothing too tempting in the dessert case at Patty's. I felt nothing but pity for these sad little pies.
#3. McDonald's apple pies are a whole other story though. Those pies are delicious. But fried pies aside, it's pretty easy to stay low carb at fast food joints. I found some good fast food tips at Poor Man's Atkins. It turns out that McDonald's will lettuce wrap burgers for you, if you ask for it. It sounds unlikely, but I tried it at a McDonald's drive-thru today, and it totally worked. The teenager taking my order had no idea what I was talking about, but after a talk with his manager, he figured it out. According to Poor Man's Atkins, this would never happen at Carls Jr. "They will wrap any burger in lettuce and not look at you weird for asking."