I’m standing in line at Starbucks for my daily fuel-up of caffeine when I realize….crap – I forgot my breakfast in the fridge at home. My usual weekday brekky is micro-waved egg-whites with a lil’ turkey sausage and soy cheese mixed on top – it’s low in carbs, easy to make, and easy to stash in the office kitchen. Bummed out for forgetting, I turned my attention to the glass cases to see if there was anything I could take to go.
My eyes were met with enough carbohydrates to fuel a jet plane. Muffins, bagels, scones, you name the bread product, it was in there. I picked up a fruit and yogurt parfait: 67 grams of carbohydrates….more than a Coke. Yikes. I finally got excited when I saw the “Protein Plate” – until I saw that it included a mini-bagel and peanut butter totaling 40 grams of carbohydrate. It did have a hard boiled egg and some cheese in it, but for nearly 6 bucks, it didn’t seem worth wasting half a plate of food.
Knowing it was a bad idea, I asked for the small, low-fat blueberry muffin, and guessed on the carbs. Bolus was delivered. Blood sugar disaster ensued. I soared to the 300s by midmorning and crashed low in the middle of my lunch, forcing me to pound a bottle of juice mid-salad. I told my sympathetic co-worker that the next time I’m tempted to buy a food of convenience that is potentially blood glucose suicide, I would be calling her to talk to me off the ledge.
Sometimes it’s really tough to find a low-carb food on the go, and even if there are options, those yummy carby snacks are usually staring you in the face too, tempting and taunting with their fresh-baked goodness. On business trips I often find myself stocking up on beef jerky and almonds at the snack shop, lest I subject myself to whatever the airlines choose to feed me (or not feed me is more like it these days.) I definitely try to keep low-carb foods on hand so that I always have something reach for when someone brings pizza to the office lunch meeting, or I’m heading to the movies and don’t want to destroy my BGs with popcorn, but sometimes, it just isn’t possible.
Does anyone know of good/healthy/low carb snackies that are available at fast food restaurants? Or maybe some good back-ups in case of forgetfulness to stash at the office?