I was recently asked what I eat when on a road trip because, let’s face it, there are just not a lot of fast food options out there for diabetics. While McDonalds’ French fries may smell divine, they wreak havoc on our blood sugars. As a frequent traveler who has been at the no-carb thing for a while now, I have had quite a bit of experience tracking down good road eats and thought I would share my finds.
Whenever I’m road-tripping, my no-carb meal of choice is the Fiesta Beef Taco Salad from Taco Bell. The dish is so in demand for me that I even had to download the Taco Bell app to make locating the restaurant while on the road easier. (Yes, there is an app for that!) While the Fiesta Taco Salad typically comes with rice, beans, tomatoes (which, unbeknownst to most, are high in carbohydrates), and tortilla strips, I subtract those items leaving behind a much more diabetic-friendly (not to mention delicious!) seasoned ground beef, lettuce, cheddar cheese, and sour cream mixture. For those times when I am extremely hungry, I will double the beef. And while the salad comes in a yummy-looking, but high-carb, tortilla shell, it is, of course, off-limits. I simply throw my uneaten shell away after dining, but if you find that having one on your plate is too tempting, you can also order the salad in a bowl.
For those who would much prefer a hamburger to a salad, Jack in the Box restaurants are willing to wrap patties in lettuce for their carb-conscious guests. I am not a huge burger fan, so I don’t explore this option very often, but I am fairly certain that most other fast food chains would do the same. Heck, In-N-Out even features the item, which they call a “Protein Burger”, on their Hidden Menu, as does Johnny Rockets.
My personal fave on-the-run food, though, has to be the hotdog, which I am shown enjoying below in New York in 2005, prior to being diagnosed with diabetes, which explains why I am eating the bun. Nowadays, I simply forgo the bun and chow down with a knife and fork. Or if I am walking and dining, as I was below, I simply eat around the bun. My current hotdog obsession is The Slaw Dogs in Pasadena, but whenever I am on the East Coast, I opt for Gray’s Papaya – an NYC chain that serves up the very best dogs this diabetic has ever sampled.