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5 easy foods for your next boat trip

 

Being on the open water can be such an adrenaline rush that food is often the last thing on your mind. But it also burns energy, especially if you’re fishing, or even just paying attention while driving or working on your vessel.

In fact, you’re likely to burn more calories on a boat than on land, simply because your body is active and alert. It’s vital to take care of your body on the water, as it’s important to be able to react effectively and think clearly.

This is why we’ve taken time out to name some easy (and yummy) meal ideas for your next boat trip.

  1. Sandwiches

Okay, we thought we’d start simple. The sandwich was invented by John Montagu, a British statesman, and the fourth Earl of Sandwich between 1718 and 1792. Rumour has it that Montagu was a prolific gambler who wanted to eat supper without leaving his gaming supper.

Given you’re often on the go, a sandwich gives you the flexibility to eat while performing other tasks on the boat. They’re also super easy to make, and give you a good balance of carbs, protein and salad. (Yes, we recommend sticking some salad in that sandwich!).

  1. Tuna

Tins of tuna store easily, and offer a good source of protein on the water. There are many different flavours to choose from, and it’s easy to simply drain the brine and eat it out of the can with a spoon.

 

If you want to take things even further, pre-prepare a salad in a Tupperware container, mix in the tuna, then pat yourself on the back for consuming a healthy and nutritious meal. Choose from small, snack size tins or buy something bigger if your appetite requires it.

  1. Hotdogs

We read about this meal idea on a boating forum online and think it’s pretty great. Fair warning – it’s not the most nutritious meal in the world, but it certainly fits into the ‘easy’ category and therefore makes the cut.

Simply boil water and pour it into a thermos. Buy hotdogs from the local supermarket and two hours before you’re ready to eat, put them in to cook. Add tomato sauce to your hotdog buns and you have yourself a yummy meal!

  1. Fruit

Fresh fruit is easy to bring and store onboard, especially apples, bananas (unless you’re superstitious of course) and other fruit that can be transported whole. A bit of vitamin C is also great for the body, and used to be ingested to stave off scurvy on long haul sailing trips.

If you can be bothered, cut the fruit into pieces and skewer it onto a long kebab stick. This makes the fruit easier to eat, especially if you’re busy reeling in a fish and need a little extra energy. Either way, fresh fruit will go a long way on board.

  1. Jerky

Dried meat offers a great source of protein, and doesn’t require cold storage. There are plenty of flavours to choose from, and many different kinds of meat too. Most are packaged separately, which makes it an easy snack to consume on the go.

If you want to get really serious about your jerky, buy a dehydrator and make it yourself. Either way, jerky is fairly inexpensive, and is usually enjoyed by most meat eaters. Buy it from your local supermarket (and most petrol stations).

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Fresh watermelon popsicles with blueberries cut on ice

Fresh watermelon popsicles with blueberries cut on ice