The Pedalshift Project 099: Bicycle tour food

Eating while bike touring is one of the most fun parts of the adventure. On this episode of the pod, we feature tips and ideas on bicycle tour food whether you cook or not!

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The Lab: Bicycle Tour Food

Good intentions tend to go out the window because of:

  • lack of availability of healthy foods, plus
  • Caloric needs, plus
  • Shifting palette

Touring without cooking?

  • Carry snacks that you like, but try to be diverse.
  • Nuts are arguably the best bang for the buck in terms of calorie to weight/bulk
  • Jerky is probably next up
  • Sugary stuff is always high calorie to weight, but be mindful on how your body burns it

Grocery store strategies

  • If you’re rolling through a town with a store and you’re close to camp, focus on things you can’t otherwise get:
    • fresh veggies
    • salad mixes
    •  hot or cold prepared foods
  • Always have a meal on you
  • Whether you cook or not, you should always have something on you that serves as a meal of some kind, just in case plans change and you don’t make it to your planned endpoint (presumably with food).
    • Noncookers – tortillas and PB; tuna packets; bars
    • Cookers – dehydrated potatoes; pasta or rice packets
    • Either way – canned soup or pasta (eat from the can cold if need be)

Easy campsite meal ideas

  • Canadian/American Thanksgiving
  • Baked Sweet potatoes (add butter, walnuts, spices)
  • Cheesy wraps (rice, beans, cheese)
  • Not proud of this, but DELICIOUS: Jerky in peanut butter

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