Happy Tuesday everyone!
I don’t know about you but for me, some days, it can be a struggle to find time to eat. Even as a stay-at-home Mom, between the chores and the errands, it seems like it’s time to pick the girls up from school before I know it. A lot of days, it can be this time of day before I’ve even had a bite to eat.
Of course, I’m still getting in my coffee. I don’t think I could function well enough to do any of this stuff without it. A lot of days, my app can look kind of funny with only coffee logged for breakfast and lunch. The coolest thing about Keto is that I mostly still feel ok, because I’m fueling my body with fats and I’m still getting those in, via my coffee. (Usually in the form of heavy whipping cream – so delicious!)
The downside is that when you’re skipping meals, especially without even realizing it, sometimes you can also be ignoring hunger for so long that you hit a point where you just can’t do that anymore. Sometimes, not even another 5 minutes! Maybe it’s just me, but the next thing I know, I’m scrounging for something I can throw together super-fast before I have to run out the door. Or even better, something I can run out with in my hand and eat on the road! In my pre-Keto days, this was when I did my most unhealthy eating. For me, it was literally anything goes, as long as it was FAST. Raise your hand if you’ve ever stolen your kids’ school snacks!
Now that I am living a Ketogenic lifestyle, it can seem harder to find things that can be thrown together really fast. For me, the answer to that is usually leftovers from dinner the night before that I can nuke for a minute in the microwave. And of course, salads. I keep my produce pre-washed and ready to go in my fridge for these crunch times. But salads can get boring and sometimes no matter how delicious yesterday evening’s dinner was, you just don’t want THAT.
That being said, today I thought I’d feature some of my favorite, on-the-go snacks and lunches.
These are some of the lunches and snacks I’ve had over the last few weeks. You’ll notice pepperoni showed up twice. That’s a super simple and affordable option for when you are absolutely out of time. There’s also a spinach salad, which is very simple, made with just some leftover chicken and ranch dressing.
Another favorite of mine is lettuce cups. For these, I use romaine lettuce because it holds up to fillings pretty well. In one of these, I filled lettuce leaves with just cream cheese and a few sliced pimento-stuffed Manzanilla olives. This is so yummy and so easy! Some weeks, I make-ahead egg salad because both the girls and I love it.
The very last option looks like a total cheat, right? Cheesecake for lunch? Well, I’m here to tell you my friends, that you can have cheesecake for breakfast if you like with this super easy and delicious Keto Cheesecake recipe from Wholesome Yum .(<click) While you know by now that I don’t usually follow recipes to the letter, that one really needs almost no changes. The only thing that I do differently is omit some of the sweetener because since cutting sugar from my diet, I’ve noticed that my sweet tooth has almost gone away. That cheesecake is so delicious and creamy that for me, it almost doesn’t even need the sweetener. I use half the amount it calls for, for the cheesecake filling and I use none in my crust.
You’ll notice that there’s another easy option that seems to be missing from my snacks and lunches, and that’s nuts. But for me, that’s not nuts, (ha ha, see what I did there?) because aside from using almond flour occasionally, I typically do not eat a lot of them. Although they are high in protein, nuts tend to be high in carbs. I like to reserve those carbs for other options. But that’s just me! If you do like them, a handful of almonds could totally be added to any of these options.
I hope you enjoyed this today and found something useful in it. I think any of these would be easy to take to work, and most of them can also be made portable if you find yourself in a rush like me.
Our family sincerely hopes you has a great remainder of the week! I’ll check back in soon!
What I’ve written here is not meant to be advice or a plan that you should follow. This is simply a personal update of my own and maybe something you can take ideas from. Always consult your doctor before making changes to your diet.