What to eat on the road that is relatively healthy?

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  1. scorch

    scorch Poser

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    Just a question i have in my head. in past roadtrips i've had the eating has been pretty unhealthy. Roadside places usually have crappy food, specially in the u.s. Prices get expensive with better food.

    What do people usually do for food while on the road?
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  2. Strong Bad

    Strong Bad Former World's Foremost Authority

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    One man's Yum is another man's Yuck. Unhealthy and good comfort food pretty much go together, or if you want to eat wild hickory nuts & sprouts that's a completely different tune.

    What and where I eat on the road is totally dependent on that particular trip and the goals of the trip. You camping and cooking any of your meals, or are you actually on paved roads and eating in restaurant?

    If on pavement:

    Get the Diners Drive-Inns & Dives app for your smart phone. It will take you to the closest place that has been on the TV show.

    Black Bear Diner is a fairly good chain out here in the West.

    Cracker Barrel has lots of places across the country, the food quality is pretty uniform.

    Myself? I like to explore what the locals are eating and will always choose that first.
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  3. froger

    froger Been here awhile

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    Suck it up loser, salt and fat are food group's.

    My cousin and her husband wrap thin meat and veggies in tinfoil. cooks up in 10 minute's or so. I'm not much of a campfire guy, so I don't bother. But it must rate as fairly healthy for road trip food. It tasted good.
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  4. oldtouring B

    oldtouring B Been here awhile

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    Scorch.. Asking this group about healthy!!! Look on the flea market and you will find a medium is a 42" waist pant..:imaposer
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  5. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    For a chain that is widely available, I like Subway. Whole wheat bread and lean meat along with a bunch of veggies piled on isn't bad. Of course, if you walk in and want to eat unhealthy that is available as well. :lobby
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  6. scorch

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    Thats pretty funny. :).... I think i like the idea of subway and some chains.
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  7. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    I eat alot of 12" Subway veggie on wheat when touring.
    I have 1/2 for lunch and the rest for dinner with a tasty pint of microbrew I pickup just before camp.
    When I eat some of the gut bombs is see people eat when on the road it just puts me to sleep and a feel & ride like crap.

    I also stop at supermarkets along the way and get salads too.
    From time to time I stop and get a nice meal but I'd rather tour more in life so I spend less on each tour.
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  8. nickguzzi

    nickguzzi Long timer

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    Dried foods tend to carry loads of salt and hidden sugar. Not healthy. I never eat that stuff, or go to fast food places, mercifully rare where I ride.

    I tend to plan my rides round the decent restaurants when in France. My treat and often the reason I go to places - and so many to chose from. Guide Michelin +++!

    Local shops, farmers selling at the roadside and even supermarkets can provide proper high quality ingredients either for a picnic for up on that mountain top, or for cooking into a meal at camp.
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  9. Maggot12

    Maggot12 U'mmmm yeaah!!

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    I'm generally a healthy eater at home or on the road. I'm a fit guy. I will have the odd sub while on the road. Not a fan of bread, sometimes I may get a wrap vs a sandwich. Tim Hortons, McDs, are now matching Subway in this category. So that may be options for some. All have salads.

    I typically have a can of tuna or sardines in my tank bag if I get an urge. I'll stop at a grocery store and get a green salad, often some pre cooked chicken, a few pieces of fruit, maybe a couple veggies. The odd time I may get a steak if I'm in the mood for cooking. I have cereal and tea in the morning. Sometimes boil 1/2 dozen eggs.

    I may have a few potato chips with some rum while sitting around a fire, or a wiener if one of the kids are with me.
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  10. Jamie Z

    Jamie Z I'm serious.

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    I'm with jonz and eakins on Subway. I steer away from chains while on the road, but Subway is the one exception. It's no longer the $5-for-two-meals bargain it used to be, but it's still a fairly inexpensive option, they're ubiquitous, and comparatively healthy.

    For other healthy options, I usually carry fresh fruit with me. Apples travel well, as do oranges, for a limited time. Bananas do not, but I'll usually grab a banana or two (there's almost always a couple of singlets on the banana counter) and eat them immediately. Bananas are super cheap in the US.

    Fruit cups or cans are another option, but they're heavy (water) and are expensive for what you get.

    Never pass a roadside fruit stand.

    Like Maggot, I will sometimes buy eggs and boil them ASAP. And cans of tuna, but I make it unhealthy by adding mayo packets for tuna salad and then slap it on flour tortillas.

    And as Strong Bad asked, are you camping and cooking your own meals?

    Jamie
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    Stop at any real restaurant, not fast food, and order a serving of meat, and a couple of veggie side dishes. Bam, you have real protein and veggies. Fancy hotels always have nice fresh fruit on their breakfast buffet, and you can eat there even if you didn't sleep there. If you require organic or unusual, you'll need to plan for that, but otherwise the above is healthy and available most places.
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  12. cal08

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    Almost every grocery store chain has a decent deli it seems. I frequent those on the road.
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  13. Gargantuan

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    Breakfast: Oatmeal (without the maple syrup/loads of sugar; try a bit of dried fruit like raisins instead). It is very filling and relatively healthy.
    Snacks: Protein drinks (more protein and less calories/sugar the better). This will keep you full/energized.
    Lunch: Salad.
    Dinner: If you eat like ^ for the majority of the day, you can get away with something like a sandwich/pasta/pizza/chinese for dinner. But ideally just some meat and vegetables if you're trying to lose weight/eat very healthy. Dinner is when I personally try to hit up a nice local spot and eat more or less whatever I want (within reason, obviously).

    It also helps if you don't drink (alcohol)!
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  14. JerryMac

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    I found a stainless steel dog dish that is reasonably light and nested into a sauce pan I use. I drilled a bunch of holes in it and can now steam veggies on the road.
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  15. HairBear

    HairBear I'm a Grandpa

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    Thats an interesting idea. I was thinking, cut up an old colander so it fits inside your pot.
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  16. gmk999

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    +1 on Subway, I eat there often, They are happy (and trained) to pull some of the bread out of the roll for those of us that need to count carbs. It makes IMHO for a better sandwich and allows me to load the veggies (also carbs)
    Also for travelers they have exceptional quality controll. Your sandwich in Boston will be the same as your sandwich in Boise. No surprises!!
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  17. sean.flynn

    sean.flynn Just this guy, you know?

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    Breakfast is the easiest: oatmeal, for sure. Packs down easy, is easily enhanced with some dried fruit (of which there's a variety available), and cooks up in a Jetboil with relatively little fuss.
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  18. nickguzzi

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    For steaming, fit many sizes of pan,
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    google folding fan steamer
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    Lunch on Denali Hwy was left overs from dinner the night before from the local Delta Junction grocery store.
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  20. MajorMajor

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    So, "healthy" turns out to be maddeningly subjective. I've found that roadside diners typically serve trash and I avoid them unless I'm celebrating a milestone. Freeze dried foods are loaded with sodium but ultimately healthy. I get Mountain House in bulk. Recently I discovered another winning combo that is cheap and packable: JML Noodle and canned chicken/pork (98% of the time chicken). To reduce sodium I use approximately half of the powdered seasoning. Cost is under $2 per meal = winning. I don't disagree with anyone posting about produce and salad and such, I just find it a major luxury to be able to pack those type items and rare that I choose it if I'm at that celebratory restaurant.
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