Have you ever struggled to know how to travel low carb, whole30 and paleo? Then this part 2 of a series will help you navigate the hotels, planes and business dinners.
How To Travel Low Carb, Whole30 and Paleo - Part 2
I have always loved cooking, so I actually enjoy self catering when on holiday in apartments, holiday homes or resorts. I find it easier, healthier and less expensive than eating out. When we are away I spend more time preparing our food, the children help and there is no pressure on their bedtimes so it's quite relaxed.
If we do stay in hotels, I actually crave fresh vegetables and simple food by the end of the holiday. Read part 1 of how to travel low carb, whole30 and paleo to see how we eat the best we can as often as we can when travelling. When there is no kitchen available you can still buy healthy snacks for the day, but it is so much easier when you have a kitchen, or even a kitchenette to use.How To Travel Low Carb, Whole30 and Paleo - Part 2. Follow these easy guidelines.
If we are staying in a resort with a well stocked kitchen, and we are staying for a week or so, I will bring the following. If however we are only staying a few days, flying abroad, or there is only a kitchenette then I will scale back and only take the necessities. If you can, try and plan your meals so you know what to take and have a shopping list ready for when you arrive for the local supermarket or farmers market.
Self Catering - Kitchen Tools
- vegetable peeler - how many times have you been away and the vegetable peeler is an old school blunt tool that just 'talks' to the veggies rather than actually peel them
- knife - for the above reason (and sometimes my chopping board)
- stick blender - I use this for making no bake cheesecakes, mayonnaise and smoothies for the children
- Nespresso machine - one of life's pleasures is coming home to a good coffee
- baking paper - too many baking trays I find are beyond help
- plastic wrap - to cover food in the fridge or for taking packed lunches
- hand held spiraliser - (not my big bench top machine) for making vegetable 'pasta'
Self catering - Pantry List
Only pack what is required. There is no need to take an entire bag of coconut flour or cocoa while on holiday. And if you buy 1 litre bottles of oil (or anything in bulk), save a half full bottle and take that, then you can throw them empty bottle away at then end of the holiday.
- olive oil - I can never seem to buy decent extra virgin olive oil when away
- grain free granola or muesli - starting on a good breakfast will set you up for the day
- small amounts of cocoa powder, stevia granules, coconut flour, psyllium husk or whatever else you use frequently
- grated parmesan - sprinkle on cooked dishes and salads
- tahini - smoothies and in dips
- good salt - most salt I find is old and caked together
- curry paste/powder - curried eggs, dips, chicken
- mustard powder- for mayonnaise and dips
- ground cinnamon and vanilla paste - smoothies, cheesecakes, hot chocolates
Self Catering - Shopping list
- eggs, eggs, eggs
- fresh vegetables and berries
- steak, chicken, fish, pork, lamb - mince/ground, steaks, pieces
- leafy greens
- full fat milk
- unsweetened yoghurt
- tin tuna
This is what we ate whilst on our most recent holiday. I couldn't take any kitchen equipment or pantry goods with me, but we still managed to eat like kings. All low carb, no sugars, no grains, whole clean real food.
Leave a comment on your tip or advice when self catering. We'd love to hear them.