Low Carb / Keto / Carni Trail Food

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Lempo, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I thought I'll start a thread for those interested in low carb / zero carb foods.


    I don't like to walk with a full stomach nor eat first thing in the morning. While doing Great Walks in NZ, I'd have AU brand Balance Nutrition's Whey Isolate with added electrolytes. Balance Nutrition is reasonably priced grass fed whey. I'd have a shaker bottle with me since it was easy to clean. I'd also mix my electrolytes in it while walking. Here in UK I use Bulk Powders' Whey Isolate. It's reasonably priced, high protein, low carb without bulking agents and reasonably bland taste (some brands make their overly sickly sweet) so that one could double up on the portion for increased protein. I also have Bulk Powders' MCT powder to mix up with the shake as well as their generic electrolyte powder.

    Dried meats:

    I find Kruga Biltong to be very low in carbs and reasonable taste & quality. Tesco's Biltong is ok too. Most Jerky's tend to have 20-30% sugar, so I stay away from them.

    Supermarkets also do pre-cooked bacon, which I think would be ok for at least for the first day, maybe for a couple of days if in cool temperatures.

    Some cured sausages seem ok to keep in room temperature, which make a high calorie, savoury meals.


    I'm not a massive cheese eater, but there are couple of dried cheese products on the market. I just tested Chewy Moon Cheddar Cheese Bites, and while the quality seemed fine, I didn't enjoy the flavour and they are quite expensive for what you get as well. Another brand is Cheesies, which do 3 different flavours at the moment. AFAIK, one can make your own cheese bites by cutting a block of cheese into small cubes and dehydrate them in the oven or dehydrator and the results should be pretty much the same.

    Nuts & Seeds:

    Generally Cashews (which are technically a fruit) and Peanuts (which are technically a legume) are high in carbs, to depending on your macros, they are not the best option.

    Macadamias are high in fat & protein. Almonds are good, as are Pecans.

    If you buy ready made, salted mixes, some of them have added sugar as a flavour enhancer, even the salty ones.

    I make my own mix, which I regularly eat with full fat Greek yogurt. Here's the recipe:

    (the quantity is parts, for example 2 parts = 200g in relation to other ingredients)

    2 toasted Almond flakes
    2 toasted Coconut flakes or 1 if you use dessicated Coconut
    2 Pumpkin seeds
    2 Sunflower seeds
    1 Chia seeds
    1 Cacao nibs
    1 Goji berries

    I've yet to make them into bars, but I've played with the idea.

    Dehydrated/freeze dried meals

    There are some bacon & eggs options, which are relatively low on carbs, but do have additives. Best thing would be to cook your own proteins and dehydrate them.

    What are your tips for low carb trail foods?
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  2. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker


    There are Fattbars, which I haven't tried yet. I tend to buy Quest bars, which are only 4 net carb and don't give me any digestive issues (unlike maltitol sweetened ones). You can pick up cheap Quest bars at Approved Food or Food Circle. I just ordered 4 boxes of past sell by date for £28, which is less than single box MSRP.
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  3. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    @Chiseller Found some stuff at Lidl that might interest you. Dried sausages (stored in room temps) with relatively low carbs.

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  4. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Good idea :thumbsup:
    I've seen those foods you've pictured... I tend to avoid like the plague anything with additives like dextrose and e numbers.
    I'd eat them if stuck, but manage more than not...
    When I do go down that trail, I've gone for the Lidl chorizo (not the spicy) one.
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  5. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I know what you mean, it's a shame they've dextrose etc, but good for a quick supply if resupplying.
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  6. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Happy happy happy with my latest stove...
    One 27g esbit cooked 1.7lb of 70/30 mince, with fuel left over. A garden test isn't the best... But it gave me a base to work with :thumbsup:
    Mince isn't ideal to carry, but I can set off with a frozen block if I desire mince for the 2nd or 3rd day. I can always cook it and then carry it for another day.
    Same with steak or bacon. IMG_20200521_202641.jpg IMG_20200521_204703.jpg
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  7. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I made some mince & bacon mix sometime ago and used it over couple of days as the base protein for meals. I want to get a dehydrator and dehydrate that and then vacpac it for trails.
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  8. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Ive carried huge precooked mince and bacon balls (sounds wrong) they're powerful and last a few days with care.
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  9. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    I had a chat with missus that having dehydrated protein, veggies and starch separately in vacpacs, heat them up together and the just portion the right macros to either one's liking, I'd have mostly protein and some veggies, she'd have more standard split.
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  10. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    @Lempo that's sounds like a plan if it feels natural or faff free. Sounds a lot better than faffing with off the shelf dehydrated meals.
    I'm greatful I don't have to faff with macros on carni. I don't think I could cope with some of the fine lines and portioning.
    I know keto works very well but I'm just not wired to do it properly.
    I dabbled with it and did enjoy it but it didn't give me the freedom I enjoy with how I fuel.
    I do miss peppers & olives stuffed with cheese and a bag of crispy spinach with some cured meat on the hill side though.... :thumbsup:
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  11. Lang pack

    Lang pack Summit Camper

    I like the look of that stove Chis, do you have a link to it? Would make a good present for my lad
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  12. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Well, you do what works for you. I don't do macros with keto, I focus on protein and avoiding carbs. Rob Wolff who's the paleo/keto expert is saying people shouldn't focus on fat on keto, if they want to burn fat, focus on getting enough protein and electrolytes and that's pretty much what I do.
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  13. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    They're pretty rare, I paid £40 for mine and had free shipping due to other items. I bought mine from Alpinetrek but they're out of stock.
    A deeper Google search could find a better deal.
    This is €40 plus €5.95? Shipping.
  14. Lang pack

    Lang pack Summit Camper

  15. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Boiled 500ml of chilled water in under 9 minutes with plenty of fuel left :thumbsup:
  16. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Keto trail meals from a US company... I ain't keto but if my carni a$s needs to have an option... These could be the solution?
    When I get back into work... I'll be trying some of these :thumbsup:
    Just a peek through the window ;)
  17. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Yes, I found those too a while back when I was doing some research. I think the best and cheapest route is to get a dehydrator and a vac seal machine and make one's own.
  18. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Quality dehydrators arnt cheap and I can manage on my trail gravel for short trips... These seem pricey but how much is an average person's day are the daily requirements.
    I live on either ribeye steak or 70/30 mince... These arnt so dear if taxes & handling can be reduced.
  19. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    Just stole this for keto hikers..

    Many people love chocolate but are trying to find healthier ways to consume it. For people on a low-carb or ketogenic diets finding a chocolate substitute can be difficult. If you have a low-carb sweetener that works for you, use that instead of honey.

    The cacao nibs gives a pleasant crunchiness to the candy.

    Cacao Coconut Candy: 16 Servings

    1 c organic creamed coconut (Tropical Traditions)
    1 T local raw honey (optional)
    4 T organic cacao nibs
    2-3 large pinches sea salt
    1 T organic vanilla extract (optional)

    Prepare a tray with a layer of wax paper. Heat water in a sauce pan big enough to accommodate a 2c Pyrex measuring cup. Put the creamed coconut into the measuring cup and gently warm until melted.

    Remove from heat and add the honey, cocoa nibs and sea salt. Mix very well. (I like grinding the sea salt with a hot pepper and using few large pinches of the spicy, sea salt to flavor the cocoa nibs.) Add the vanilla extract last and mix very well.

    Pour the mixture onto the wax paper and spread until fairly thin. Cool in the freezer for 10-15 minutes. Remove the partly cooled candy and cut into 16 pieces.

    Wrap each piece individually and enjoy on the trail. This bars will stay hard in cold weather but will soften in hot weather. There still good to eat soft. If it's really hot add 3-4 tablespoons of organic cocoa butter which has a higher melting point.

    One or two pieces of candy is very stimulating and would be best consumed in the morning. Cacao nibs contain theobromine which is a nervous system stimulant similar to caffeine.

    1serving: 125cal: F:12g, P=1g, C=9g
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  20. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Erithryol or Stevia are the regular go-to sweetners for keto folks. If the removal of honey causes integrity issues, I guess xanthan gum could be used as binding agent, although I've yet to try using it.
  21. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Which leads to the making your own sugar free chocolate.

    You can make keto white chocolate by combining cacao butter, heavy cream powder and powdered erithryol, it's almost 1:1:1 ratio. Just melt the cacao butter and mix in powders, let it cool off on a tray.

    Make it dark chocolate by adding cacao powder.
  22. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    This might be of interest to folks...
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  23. Lempo

    Lempo Thru Hiker

    Good video, I have a similar mix for breakfast, but not in powder form. I really liked this guy's videos, seems like a nice bloke and high quality production.
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