What are some low fat snacks I can keep in my suitcase while travelling?
December 17, 2007 10:31 PM Subscribe
What are some low fat snacks I can take with me travelling and keep in my suitcase to eat when dinner or other meals weren't suitable? Little to no preparation at time of eating is preferred but I can make or buy stuff before I go.
posted by shelleycat to Food & Drink (25 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Gastric Reflux (with high stomach acid and fairly often gastritis). I manage both really well by diet alone these days and don't take medication but still live mostly symptom free. However, when I'm staying with people I often lose some control over my diet and there are certain places I go where the food just isn't suitable and I end up either sick or hungry (or both) pretty much all the time. This is totally my problem, I'm thrilled that these people put me up for free and feed me and look after me, I don't want to change their whole life around because I'm fussy. I'm genuinely grateful for the effort they put into cooking for me and all that they do to make me welcome. But I still need to eat correctly, particularly as being hungry is physically painful, so this involves taking along my own food.
I have one of these trips coming up very soon (i.e. over Christmas). I already take my own breakfast cereal, take muesli bars to snack on during the afternoon, and happily have sandwiches for lunch, but eating all that again for dinner isn't much fun. There must be something else I'm not thinking of! So I'm looking for food I can sneak when I'm hungry, generally after a fat-filled dinner of which I could only eat a few bites, that will fill me up and make me happy.
A few things to keep in mind: fat makes me ill, particularly animal fat, so no fried snacks or instant noodles (ramen) or the like. Nuts also make me sick, probably because of the fat. Overly salty food gives me high blood pressure and tastes bad. I need to avoid acidic food like tomatoes and oranges. While fresh fruit is plentiful at this time of year (note: is summer here) and is great, eating too much of it will make me ill and it's not very satisfying anyway. That's all though, everything else is fair game (I think).
Whatever I take needs to be stored in my room, so no refrigeration, and needs to last up to a week. While I can use the kitchen where I am to some extent I'm trying to be discrete as family politics are generally involved. However, I do have my own fully stocked and set up kitchen here at home so something I prepare and cook before I go is fine. I can make a supermarket run for ingredients but exotic stuff is probably too much hassle at this time of year.
Lastly, I'm really only looking for food suggestions here, I've got the people side covered as well as I can and am not looking for relationship or how-to-be-a-guest advice. Thanks!