Behold the Sardine — delicious, nutritious, easy to carry, non perishable, cheap, available everywhere, comes in a variety of flavorings [hot sauce, mustard, tomato, etc.] or useful oils [vegetable, soy, olive, etc.]
Open a can and dump it on top of some ramen or minute rice, toss in a can of vegetables and enjoy some roadside gourmet for a couple bucks. I tend to stick to the ones packed in oil for the fat calories. They are delicious by themselves.
I have seen them for as cheap as $0.90 a can and they can also get fairly expensive per brand. Trust me…they are not as salty as anchovies.
I will carry a handful of these in my panniers. They will keep forever and offer a different experience than a can of tuna. The oil they come packed in can be collected and used to cook with for several different meals.
I thought they were gross but then I tried them. They are a great everyday food and a good thing to tuck into your panniers or backpack if you are riding away from services.
NOTE: Make sure you are mindful of the wildlife, they will notice you just cracked a tin open, and that you pack out your garbage.
Some nutrition facts:
- 13 percent of vitamin B2 needed daily
- Roughly one-quarter of daily niacin
- 150 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B12
- Loaded with the major minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and some trace minerals like iron and selenium
- Sardines are also a natural source of marine omega-3 fatty acids
B vitamins help to support proper nervous system function and are used for converting food into energy.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease and the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. These fatty acids may also help lower blood sugar levels a small amount.
Sardines low position in the food chain means they are low in contaminants, such as mercury, relative to other fish commonly eaten by humans.