It's hard to know how to direct without knowing where you'll be ... but there are some other good options: beef jerky is a good and filling snack, and keeps well without refrigeration. I second the recommendation for pre-cooked hard-boiled eggs. Most groceries carry them now. I think even "Eggland's Best", which is organic (?), is in many stores. If you like cracklins, those are another thing that keeps without refrigeration and is on our "good" list. Most groceries carry pre-made salads, or have salad bars. Those will keep pretty well for a couple days. If there's a salad bar, you can get extra containers of the little mini carrots or cukes or other "dip" veggies. For that matter, you can get pre-cut dip veggies in the produce department too. While they're not especially enticing (especially if you're used to your own cooking!), there are lots of "breakfast bowl" meals that are pretty much just egg and meat. Those are intended to be microwaved, I think. And I have seen that some of the organic veggie burger kinda things can be microwaved. I'm not sure I'd do much of that at home, but for a stint at a hotel, it might be okay.
So far as restaurants, if there's a Mongolian BBQ anywhere near, that's an excellent choice! You can pick just what you want. There's a chain by the name of "Genghis Grill" that we eat in all the time here. As was also mentioned by another poster, asian buffets can be good choices. Gotta be careful, but you can do pretty well in those. For that matter, AYCE family buffets CAN be good ... if you can close your eyes to all the yummy carbs on the line! They usually have good things like roasted chicken or grilled beef, sometimes roast turkey, fish. And they almost always have a nice salad bar and veggies. Granted ... the veggies aren't nice and crispy like we'd get at home, but veggies anyway! If there's a steak house or seafood restaurant neaby, those are easily low-carb, if you pick carefully.
You can always microwave some fresh veggies in the room. If you have carrying space, you might make some soup to take with. Again, if you have the space, make a few meals and freeze them in zipper-bags. They'll double as "freezer blocks" for your carrying bag before becoming meals.
I second the notion of nut butters and tinned fish. Some potted meats are okay. I love liverwurst or braunschweiger, and make roll-ups with various cheeses (Laughing Cow is something of an addiction). Good roasted meats go nicely as "wraps" around string cheese. You can make a roast of something and slice it up to take with you if you prefer to avoid the deli offerings.
With luck, the hotel staff can direct you to a grocery close by. I'd go armed with a cooler bag and a list of possibilities! I think you can find something that won't break your low-carb diet. And if you have to step off a little bit, you know how to get back on!
Good luck, and have a nice time!
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Trader Joes can be a great avenue as they have cooked chicken and beef...although not grass fed, it should work in a pinch! Also, things like canned salmon, tuna and sardines are rich protein sources! They have nut butter and raw nuts that can be used for snacks! I use their tahini as a dressing for salads and a dip for raw veggies. They also have fresh and jarred salsas that are pretty tasty!
I would get an insulated lunch bag with re-freeze able ice packets so you can keep you food cold during the day!
I would also do a google or yelp search of Paleo friendly restaurants...you'd be surprised what you might find! Also, check out different Asian restaurants...you might be able to find someplace that does not use MSG that is will to do a meat and veggie stir fry...I'd ask them to do it without oil as they likely use some kind of seed oil!
I'm planning a trip to Hawaii next month and am trying to find a few places where I can eat with my non Paleo friends!
Thanks for the ideas. Tuna salad, pre-hard boiled eggs, and utlizing the deli are all really helpful ideas I wasn't thinking off. Generally I cook, so I'm not use to having to figure out what is more grab and go.
There is no whole foods, but there are similar type restaurants and a trader joes. How does one search for paleo friendly restaurants? Grills and BBQ are fairly paleo, maybe KFC? What types of things do people get for fast-food or restaurant paleo meals?
Will you have a fridge in the room? If so some stores like Trader Joes sell pre cooked hard boiled eggs,or canned tuna over a salad. Or a salad with a little nuts,seeds and a spoonful of dried fruit? Diane
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Come end of March, I will be living in a normal hotel room for about a month. I will have to pack my lunch every day and will not have a contential breakfast (not like there's much there to eat anyway).
I need help on pack lunch ideas, breakfast ideas, and dinner (can be resturants/fast-food). I'll be working long hours, won't have much for kitchen wear (maybe a few bowls and silverwear that I'll bring), and probably only have a microwave & mini fridge...
I have some time before the move, so I've been looking through stores & menus whenever I get the chance so I can be prepared...
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