What to eat when you’re on the road with your motorcycle
Are you planning your next two-wheel adventure across the country? Before you get on the saddle and ride into the sunset with your rain gear on, make sure you have everything packed, and that includes some healthy and nutritious snacks that will keep your stomach full and save you money in the long run.
Meat and fish cans
Meat cans will become your best friends if you plan a motorcycle trip on a budget. You can replace at least one of your daily meals with a good source of proteins on the go and save money and time until reaching your destination.
Depending on the length of your trip, we suggest packing at least a dozen cans with your favorite meat products and fish. Fish is not only a good source of proteins but it also contains omega-3 fatty acids that will keep your eyes and bones strong and your mind focused on the road. The best fish to bring along are salmon, tuna, and sardines.
Meat cans come in endless varieties and tastes but we suggest sticking to steaks or files, without marinades or sauces that might alter after a couple of days. Pork sausages are always a good choice, along with turkey and chicken breast.
For a healthy meal on the go, we suggest packing some crackers in an empty Pringles box or any other metallic box to prevent them from crumbling and combine them with your choice of meat. This tasty meal won’t take more than a minute to prepare and will keep you full for several hours.
Rich in natural fibers, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, veggies are the perfect snack on the go. Celery and carrots are the most common vegetable snacks for those with a busy lifestyle but you can take anything on the road, as long as it won’t alter after a couple of miles. Bell peppers and cucumber slices are also delicious and easy to store.
Biltong refers to a type of dried, cured meat. It originated in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and other Southern African countries. Biltong cuts vary, and they’re available in flat pieces that are sliced across the grain and meat strip fillets. So, should you consider eating biltong during a motorcycle tour?
Biltong is lightweight and easy to pack. You’ll get more protein than beef jerky, dried peas, peanut butter, tuna, and hummus. That’s why it’s a great snack if you’re on a motorcycle tour. In addition, motorcycle tours can be tedious, which would require an extra source of energy to strengthen your endurance. Biltong can provide you the extra power you need to achieve your motorcycle tour goals.
Here are the good-to-know facts about biltong:
- Biltong is made from beef silverside prime cuts, air-dried, and then marinated to an authentic traditional South African recipe.
- The marinate consists of pepper, rock salt, vinegar, and coarsely ground coriander. The meat is air-dried in a drying room. It’s handpicked before sliced and ready to enjoy.
- Eating some fruits and biltong every several hours while motorcycle touring can help a rider obtain wholesome sugars from fruits and protein. By doing so, energy is replenished, and your muscles avoid easy fatigue.
- Some forms of beef jerky have up to 22 grams of sugar per 2 ounces serving. Also, they have added preservatives, soy, and gluten. Biltong is a good option for people with dietary restrictions or allergies.
- Biltong enables you to add more variety to your diet. Motorcycle tours and eating the same lightweight snacks could become boring over time and not good for your diet, so adding biltong will definitely change your perspective about lightweight snacks. Biltong is delicious and a good addition to boring motorcycle meals.
When going on a motorcycle journey it’s good to pack foods and dishes that will survive the heavy road, and the high temperatures while still providing all the elements your body needs to get through the day.
Hummus is a superfood that is packed in proteins and will help you stay satiated for hours in a row. It is easy to prepare and it comes in all combinations of tastes and blends to meet your unique dietary requirements.
You can use it for a dip or spread it on crunchy raw vegetables for a healthy and delicious snack whenever you’re in a hurry. It doesn’t need refrigeration either and will be good for a couple of days as long as it is stored in a cool and dry place.
Fruits and nuts
Alone or in delicious mixes, fruits and nuts provide almost all necessary nutrients for your body to stay healthy and your brain to focus on the road. Fruits are packed with vitamins while nuts represent an important source of proteins.
Nuts can be eaten raw, roasted or salted and almost all of them can become great companions for your motorbike road trip. However, not all fruits will stay fresh inside your backpack, so you need to choose those that won’t get mushy or bruised after just a couple of hours.
Pears, apricots, oranges, and apples can last minor beatings and high temperatures in your luggage but we can’t say the same for berries, bananas, peaches or grapes. However, you may still have a chance with dried fruits like banana chips, figs, and coconut chunks. Just make sure to eat them in moderation as most of them are rich in carbs and sugars.