Beyond the basics of milk, eggs, and bread that we all associate with cupboard staples, we’ve gathered a list of some of the stuff that we cook with on the road all the time. This list could be much longer, but this is the stuff at the tippy top of the list. Enjoy!
#10 Nutritional Yeast
Bragg Organic Nutritional Yeast is delicious, I put it on all kinds of things, but mostly morning eggs, veggie pasta, and sweet potatoes. It’s full of B-vitamins and a complete protein flavor enhancer (in 2 Tbs there’s 8g of protein, WHAT??)
For me, my cupboard is not complete unless there is a bottle of Srirachain it. I would feel a little empty inside if we ran out of it, and even when the bottle is ½ full, I’m probably thinking about getting another at the grocery store. Chris doesn’t do spice, but I could just use straight sriracha as a sauce on anything. It’s especially delicious mixed with coconut milk.
Turmeric is so many things that make me happy. Its incredibly bright yellow (most importantly), anti-inflammatory, adds a rich flavor to foods (and did I mention it makes things bright yellow?!?) We put turmeric in things like tea, eggs, curry, tamales, and those oh so well-known one pot dishes of whatever needs to get eaten. If you’ve never had turmeric, you should give it a try!
FAGE Greek Yogurt has been my favorite for a really long time. I think it was the first greek yogurt I ever tried and fell in love. My favorite is the plain yogurt, because I can eat it with anything and simple foods are happy foods.
#6 Annies Mac and Cheese
When you just don’t have the energy to put into thinking through dinner, Annie’s Macaroni and Cheese is always there for you. I’ve been having some issues digesting pasta lately, but I always know that if Chris is hungry and I mention Annie’s, he’ll probably say yes.
I’ve always been one of those people who finds a food they like and then eats it over and over again for weeks, months, maybe even years. Oatmealis one of those foods. I never get bored of it. I have gone through a few variations but usually mix it with protein powder, clove, ginger, and cinnamon and top it with peanut butter. It keeps me full for a long time so I don’t get hangry mid-day.
#4 Carnation Instant Breakfast
Chris has a metabolism like a ten-year-old boy, and also thinks about feeding himself as much as a ten-year-old boy, so at a minute’s notice, he is starving and about to pass out. We have these Carnation Breakfast drinks that he can have to revive himself. It’s also an easy thing on the stomach, so if he isn’t feeling well, he can still get some calories from these.
I’ve been in love with Quest Nutrition Protein Bars for a few years now. I never get sick of them. They can be super expensive, but they are my favorite protein bar in the whole world. My favorite flavors are chocolate chip cookie dough, double chocolate chunk, mint chocolate chip, and blueberry muffin. They are super easy, high protein, high fiber, and when I realize I haven’t eaten and am starting to get shaky, I can have these bars stashed in the trailer and the truck so I always have an option that I love.
#2 Yogi Kava Tea
Yogi Tea, Kava Stress Relief is amazing and delicious and the best thing ever right before bed, or right after waking up in the morning, or with lunch, or any time at all. It tastes kind of chocolatey/spicy/earthy and has a mild relaxing effect.
This stuff is the real deal. Talk about feel-good taste-good food. If we are spending our days busy hiking or biking or just hanging out, and all the sudden dinner rolls around, these are the absolute best option there is. This company actually tracks exactly WHERE there product is sourced from, and you can go on their website to see where the seafood in YOUR pouch came from, and WHO caught it. Their customer service people are ridiculously kind and easy to chat with, and best of all it’s like having a gourmet meal you spent all day preparing, and all you have to do is put the bag in boiling water for 5 minutes. We absolutely love these guys, and encourage you to check out Fishpeople and support this incredible business!
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