Need ideas: what food to pack on a 48 hour bus ride + for a diabetic.
The guy is a man who would eat anything between bread. But I'm trying to switch it up and make sure he has at least some food (because he could easily go without and then live off a cheap muffin and a morning coffee all day). Thanks in advance!
I was diagnosed pre-diabtic in 1999 and have been low carbing ever since. Many of the recommendations so far are too high in carbs for many on a smart diet for diabetics.
My food list would include lots of nuts, beef jerkey and a small cooler with hardboiled eggs, deli meats (I love wrapped in lettuce with mustard), string cheeses, cottage cheese, cooked chicken breasts, cucumbers, pickles, tomatoes and other easy to eat low carb veggies with dip. I haven't taken a bus trip other than across town, but when I travel by car or plane, I can usually can buy options which have lots of meat and just eat what serves me well (meaning I will throw out bread, croutons, etc.).
The sugar content in dried fruits is concentrated and a very little of it goes a long way in a diabetic diet. I'd rely on some simple carbohydrates Rtiz® crackers, Wheat Thins®, and similar items with fiber. Those snack bars that are available in everything from granola to fruit bars are something we carry on trips and they can be purchased selectively to keep the sugar content low (we generally look for 6 grams or less) and if he drinks milk a thermos of that would also be a good choice. Whole milk digests slowly so it's not a shock to the system like sucrose might be.
My neighbor gave me his list of allowable snacks. Here are some that I thought might travel well.
12-15 grams of carbohydrate of 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch) exchange
1 small apple
8 animal crackers
1/2 cup chow mein noodles
3 dried dates
3 graham crackers (2 1/2-inch square)
5 slices melba toast
3 peanut butter sandwich crackers (adds 1 fat exchange)
24 oyster crackers
12 Bing cherries
Less than 5 grams of carbohydrate
3 celery sticks +1 Tablespoon of peanut butter
5 baby carrots
5 cherry tomatoes + 1 Tablespoon ranch
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 piece string cheese stick
About 10-20 grams of carbohydrate
1/2 cup almonds or other nuts
1/3 cup hummus + 1 cup raw fresh-cut veggies (green peppers, carrots, broccoli, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, or a combination)
2 rice cakes (4" diameter) +1 Tablespoon peanut butter
5 whole wheat crackers (or 3/4 oz) + 1 piece string cheese