What do I eat on bicycle tours.
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do I eat?
Just like here at home, I eat out a lot. Don't have a kitchen where I live. Don't bother bringing a stove and pots when I travel either. Other cyclists do it differently.
What I eat depends, in part, on what is available along the way. Pizza, Japanese dinner, chuck wagon stew.
In some places, it is hard to find more than a somewhat greasy burger at the tavern. It's the only business in town.
I use supermarkets a lot, when I can find them. In store salad bars are good, especially if there is a place to sit down and eat it. Better than trying to bring along vegetables that spoil in sun baked panniers.
I go through a lot of "2 cup size" cartons of chocolate milk. I don't drink coffee. Sweet chocolate milk hits the spot. Cool and energizing. One often finds me outside a mini mart drinking from the carton. I try to start my day with a good carton of chocolate milk.
Bananas are good for potassium, I hear. Fruit from the supermarket. I love apples. Apple sauce is good.
Sometimes I buy a loaf of bread, to bring along with me, but it often gets crushed into a bunch of crumbs, or maybe a squishy dough ball. Peanut butter is good. Small containers fit in panniers, but not easy to spread on a bunch of bread crumbs. Often I just eat peanut butter out of the jar with a spoon. Something done at home as well.
A friend of mine brings along lots of tuna fish cans. Small and full of protein. I should do this more often. Power bars are okay, but I don't really like them. A friend uses them more than me. Carrots. They don't spoil too bad, but I tend to eat produce and bananas just after being in the store. Bananas crush easy.
Fig newtons are good. Raisins, nuts, trail mix, crackers. Things to snack on.
Basically I eat in restaurants at least one good meal a day and snack the rest of the time. Everyone does it different. What I do works for me. Even if it isn't the best in food, all that cycling keeps me from turning fat. Some people end a biking day with a big dish of ice cream and little guilt.