Advice on Food and Snacks

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Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby Imtryin » 3 Feb 2019, 6:56pm

Hi All

Myself and My wife and 11 year old daughter will be doing the London to Paris route. We've made it into a holiday, and so will be taking our time and taking the full 2 weeks in the Easter holidays, taking in the views and staying a couple of nights here and there along the way.

We have booked hotels each night, so an evening meal will be no problem, but we all tend to get "Hangry" and i don't want to be caught out with no food or snacks during the day.

Can i have some advice on some lightweight food / snacks to take that would be filling and nutritious. Because we are staying in hotel / BandB each night, we can fill a flask of hotwater, so meals that you just need to add water too are a possibility - But which one/type?

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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby brynpoeth » 3 Feb 2019, 7:16pm

You could buy baguettes, cheese etc fresh for lunch daily, yoghurt is good, liquid, has some energy value
I try to take different things, biscuits, dried fruit
Plenty to drink, better take too much with you than too little

I would eat as much as possible at breakfast too, if it is paid for :wink:
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby Paulatic » 3 Feb 2019, 7:30pm

I always keep a few bars about my person ok for when you’re hungry. . Favourite at the moment is ALDI pear and apple. They are no substitute for that roadside bacon roll or indeed a baguette when you get over the water.
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby Tigerbiten » 3 Feb 2019, 8:36pm

It's not like you're going to the wilds where it's 2-3 days between shops.
Check your route and time your ride right so just before lunchtime you get to a cafe, village shop, supermarket.
As others have mentions a baguette with cheese and ham makes a good lunch.
Then carry a couple of breakfast bars just incase.
I'm sure if you ask nicely at the hotel you're stopping in they will make you a packed lunch.
Lots of options.
Just remember a lot of places may well be closed on sunday and maybe the odd half day as well.

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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby bohrsatom » 3 Feb 2019, 8:52pm

Finding your favourite snacks is part of the enjoyment of bike touring. These are mine:

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Also, a boulangerie will always make you a filled baguette even if there's no obvious menu. Ham, cheese or ham & cheese are three obvious choices. They might even do a cheese & ham if you ask nicely :lol:

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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby Vorpal » 3 Feb 2019, 8:58pm

I mostly carry fruit; bananas, oranges, that sort of thing.

I usually just have water to drink, but I also carry some powder drink mix for an energy drink, like Powerade. That's only for use if I start to feel weak (like the hunger knock).
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby mjr » 3 Feb 2019, 9:06pm

Flapjacks are my stalwart. Candied ginger and jelly babies are always popular quick fixes. I don't know that route but elsewhere in France small farms had vending machines selling seasonal fruit, which was welcome.
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby RickH » 3 Feb 2019, 10:10pm

It is a good idea to have a small stock of flapjack type stuff to keep you going if you struggle to find food on your route.

From relatively recent experience (Channel to the Med in 2010 & Bordeaux to Barcelona in 2011), a lot of villages seem to no longer have a boulangerie (in fact in Northern France they seemed to have virtually no inhabitants - I suspect they had become largely dormitory villages for bigger towns). The other problem was closing days - some places the shops close on a Sunday, others it is Monday. But if they were closed on a Monday because it is a Bank Holiday then they will also be closed on Tuesday so they haven't missed their normal closing day for thst week. Cafés can often be shut for lunch too!

I quickly developed the strategy of buying food for the day at the first open shop I encountered.

The cycling in France is great but sailing past an open shop thinking it is too early & then finding nothing open when you are hungry can take the edge off the enjoyment a bit. One day, early on the Channel to the Med ride, we decided around 11:30 we'd stop for lunch at the next place we saw - that ended up being around 3pm & probably 30 to 40 miles further on!

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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby al_yrpal » 3 Feb 2019, 10:25pm

In France a visit to the Boulangerie at lunchtime is a treat. If there are no other shops in a village there is always a boulangerie, its a part of French life. Everywhere does filled baguettes and then a nice sweet desert. No need to carry anything IMO.

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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby MrsHJ » 3 Feb 2019, 11:02pm

al_yrpal wrote:In France a visit to the Boulangerie at lunchtime is a treat. If there are no other shops in a village there is always a boulangerie, its a part of French life. Everywhere does filled baguettes and then a nice sweet desert. No need to carry anything IMO.

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+1. They often do mini quiches and pizza squares too. The pizza squares with an apple tart to finish would be an easy lunch option. The main thing is to pick up your lunch before midday as lots of places close from say 12:30-14:30. I would usually pick my lunch up at a promising village or town early on in the day rather than waiting for later. Google maps is often your friend in identifying where the boulangeries are.

I take a picnic kit ie sharp knife, chopping board and a bit of olive oil, vinager and oregano. This then with some baguette, local cheese and a tomato is usually my lunch. I really like fresh fruit to snack on when touring too and there are lots of small supermarkets in the villages and towns where I can pick up some fruit etc. The supermarkets have plenty of snacks o suit whatever your tastes are so I carry some cashews usually and I also carry chocolate for moral support in case I hit a hill at a low energy point.

IMHO France is the best place to cycle and enjoy your food so taking bars or gels rather misses the point for me.

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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby brynpoeth » 4 Feb 2019, 4:50am

Flapjack, porridge on a stick. Without the stick

Do French hotels do porridge?
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby foxyrider » 4 Feb 2019, 9:34am

A bag of Haribo bears (other inferior brands may be available). Those mini boxes of raisins are useful but nothing can beat a stop for coffee and cake! I generally have a tube of Bloc energy chews in my bag for emergencies, I usually end up bringing them home but they are there 'in case'.

Do stop for lunch, however you cover it, pushing on 'just a bit further' is sure to make for grumpiness!
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby Vorpal » 4 Feb 2019, 9:56am

Touring in general, but especially with kids, I think that it is important to stop regularly for proper meals. As above, bread with things to eat with it are good.

Kids may need more breaks from cycling just on general principal. But between meals, I eat (and feed my kids) mostly fruit. My kids sometimes forget to drink regularly, and they can't easily do so on the bike, so regular breaks with reminders to have a drink are also good.

I reward/bribe my kids with regular ice creams, as well. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby Richard Fairhurst » 4 Feb 2019, 10:50am

RickH wrote:The cycling in France is great but sailing past an open shop thinking it is too early & then finding nothing open when you are hungry can take the edge off the enjoyment a bit. One day, early on the Channel to the Med ride, we decided around 11:30 we'd stop for lunch at the next place we saw - that ended up being around 3pm & probably 30 to 40 miles further on!


Exactly that. We got caught out on the Avenue Verte in just that way - 35ish miles from Gisors to the suburbs at Cergy.
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Re: Advice on Food and Snacks

Postby andrew_s » 4 Feb 2019, 4:37pm

Fig rolls have been my emergency snack of choice when in France.