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Old 08-09-10, 01:13 PM
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Vegetarian bike touring

I don't know how many people might be interested in this topic but all my bike tours are done eating 100% vegetarian.

I've written an article about it.

I'd be interested in any comments you might have.

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I think it's a very nice article -you've clearly found what works for you.

I'm in a similar situation: vegetarian who does eat dairy products. However (big caveat here is that all my touring has been in Europe and the USA) I can't say I've had to think about it too much. I don't frequent fast food places -though some fast food chains in Europe do carry veggie burgers I haven't seen any in the US -so don't have a problem with them. Pretty much any restaurant I've been to, I just ask for all veggies or a vegetarian option. I've been disappointed very few times.

And of course for me, there's plenty of pizza (basic food group) that is vegetarian anyway!

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I don't know how many people might be interested in this topic but all my bike tours are done eating 100% vegetarian.

I've written an article about it.

I'd be interested in any comments you might have.

Ray
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Sure, vegetarian diets are extremely healthy -- provided they don't consist solely of pop-tarts and fruity pebbles. There's really nothing difficult or strange about it at all.
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I'm going to try that tofu recipe. Sounds good, and hey - one less dead chicken!
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I'm vegetarian and often have problems getting enough protein. It's tough to bring along the tofu. I didn't see much protein in your tour diet. How do you handle that?

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I'm vegetarian and often have problems getting enough protein. It's tough to bring along the tofu. I didn't see much protein in your tour diet. How do you handle that?

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How do you know you have problems getting enough protein? Do you have any of these symptoms?

I've been hearing this concern for 35 years and have never had any of the listed symptoms or any other problems associated with protein deficiency. So, it isn't something I worry about.

But, I get protein from several sources.

I always order tofu in Chinese Restaurants.

On tour, I eat eggs for breakfast a couple times a week.

I make rice and bean dishes for dinner.

The Subway veggie sandwich with veggie patties has a fair amount of protein.

I snack on peanuts.

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Great article raybo!

I've been a vegan for about 25 years and multi-month/year touring for just as long. My basic daily menu is:

Breakfast: muesli and apple juice
During the day: peanut butter sandwiches and bananas
Dinner: beans and rice (with olive oil and tabasco)
Drink: water and orange juice

I vary this with different fruits, the occasional slab of tofu... and the occasional beer

Never had protein deficiency symptoms either.

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I agree - good info. Thanks for Posting. I draw the line at red meat - going on 35 years. I enjoy visiting countries where red meat is the exception and something to pay extra for. It pleases me to see my meat eating friends peer into their bowls with doubt and trepidation as to the critter they are about to digest. I try not to tease too much. Remember, ale is the original protien shake. Therefore,my protien levels are not a problem, cholesterol is great, and according to the Blood Bank my iron level is exceptional. Grog up!
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For traveling light tourers can look into other options like:

instant milk powder
soy milk powder
freeze dried vegetables
powdered eggs
freeze dried refried beans
bullion cubes


The possibilities and combinations for meals are endless. Most of the products can now be bought over the internet you just have to search for them.
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I now carry freeze dried refreid beans with me. They are quick and tasty. I tend to add in some cayenne pepper, avocado and cheddar cheese to make a nice meal.

I also carry boullion cubes which I use to make soup with ramen noodles. I prefer to carry the low sodium ones.

The powered eggs and milk don't interest me but I might try the freeze dried Vegetables.

Thanks for posting the list!

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Veggie food in Flanders

If ever cycling in Belgium, here are some veggie maps for Ghent, Antwerp and Leuven!

https://www.visitgent.be/Documenten/v...gieplan_EN.pdf

https://www.vegetarisme.be/download/V...n%20Leuven.pdf

https://www.vegetarisme.be/download/V..._Antwerpen.pdf
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I thought they sold tofu that did not need refrigeration. Comes in a coated cardboard box.
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Originally Posted by sknhgy
I thought they sold tofu that did not need refrigeration. Comes in a coated cardboard box.
I believe that is silken tofu and it is very soft. It won't work with the recipe I have in the article. It has the consistency of a pudding.

The only tofu I eat on tour is firm tofu that comes refrigerated in tubs or in Chinese Restaurants.

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Nice article! I'm vegetarian (lacto/ovo) and I usually do oatmeal or pancakes (from a add water only mix) for breakfast, peanut butter sandwiches and fruit for lunch, and beans and rice for dinner.
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