Always wanted to know what a backpacker eats during travelling? Well, here’s my food diary from my time in Asia. Even I’m not the typical backpacker living on noodles, rice and cheap ass beers, I think it’s still good to show you what I ate in a day. Hopefully I’ll inspire you to eat healthy during travelling as well.
During my trip I never knew where I was going to eat next. It could be an Indian restaurant, a Chinese hawker stall or maybe a local food market. I’ve tried to eat as healthy as possible, but I have to say it was quite tricky sometimes. Especially when you’re in Bali and they have delicious raw cakes everywhere. So I did the 80/20 rule and kept it 80% healthy and 20% of the time I enjoyed a yummy snack.
A day at Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia
For breakfast I went to a cafe where I ordered some fresh fruit with yogurt. They served me a bowl of watermelon, pineapple and banana, all very fresh and juicy. Plus a little bowl of yogurt on the side to get my protein in, perfect. Also, I ordered a large bottle of water which I drank throughout the day.
After a few hours on the beach it was time for my lunch. I ordered an omelette with mixed vegetables. On this island the food was quite basic, so I was happy with my veggie omelette.
A few hours later my tummy was rambling so I looked around for a healthy snack. I found a shop were they sold almonds, I took two handfuls of them as a snack. A little later I got an ice cream as well, because ice cream is always a good idea. Especially when it’s 30 degrees outside and you’re in paradise. Never skip ice creams on days like that.
My dinner was always quite late in Asia, most times around 9.30 PM. I ordered grilled tuna which came with rice, peanut sauce, vegetables, watermelon and a slice of banana bread. A weird combination right, banana bread with grilled tuna? So I ate the banana bread lastly, like a little dessert. It was delicious.
A day in Canggu, Bali
I started my day with a yoga session and afterwards I ordered a big smoothie bowl for breakfast. This bowl was made of dragonfruit mixed with banana, crunchy granola, coconut chips, chia seeds and different fruits. On the side I had a fresh coconut, the best refreshing drink there is.
After a few hours on the beach it was time for lunch. I ordered a tempeh bowl with different veggies (cucumber, beets, rocket, tomatoes, pickled ginger), homemade Balinese crackers, noodles and a spicy lime-ginger dressing. On the side I had a green juice. As you can see it wasn’t very hard to get my greens in at Bali.
I enjoyed my dinner together with some friends. We were quite hungry so we shared a nacho plate with homemade guacamole and salsa as starter. My main course was a tempeh curry, yes I love tempeh and eat it a lot as you can see. The curry was amazingly good and came with brown rice, spinach, green beans and crunchy cashew nuts. For dessert I had a raw chocolate orange cake.
As you can see it’s still possible to eat healthy during backpacking. For me it works to have one yummy snack a day, because you’re on holiday to enjoy it and not to restrict yourself. What do you eat if you’re on holiday, do you have a lot of cheat meals or do you keep it healthy?