How to eat during the Camino de Santiago?

At ALBERGUES DEL CAMINO we’re aware that when we do the Camino de Santiago it’s easy to forget about everything that isn’t walking and enjoying the experience, but we also know that it’s essential to organize meals well to maintain energy and arrive at the Santiago’s cathedral.

For this reason, we give you some tips to distribute the meals in the best possible way. Take note!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

As it is normal to do most of the kilometers in the morning, it’s essential to give a lot of importance to breakfast, since it’s the most important meal of the day.

You have to take foods that have carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats, to face the stage with force.

A coffee with milk and some oil, tomato, or avocado toast, for example, would be a highly recommended combination to start the day. It’s also important to add some fruit.

If we don’t eat much breakfast, we will soon lose energy.

It’s also a good idea to carry some fruit, nuts, energy bars… in your backpack to take mid-morning.

Rest at noon to regain strength

If you eat during the stage, it’s best to have a light dish so as not to feel heavy as you continue the route. Choose foods that help increase energy without weighing you down.

A good option is to combine a full salad with white meat or grilled fish. You can include carbohydrates such as rice, bread or potatoes, but in normal portions: they are not the main thing on the plate.

Enjoy a good dinner

It is natural that, once the stage is over, we just want to rest. After arriving at the lodge and settling in, we can start thinking about dinner. In this case it does not have to be as light as the food. It is time to replenish the energy that the body has consumed, and the perfect occasion to enjoy the local food.

A good dinner includes a considerable portion of proteins and carbohydrates, since they’re foods that are quickly digested.

Now you know what is the best distribution of meals throughout a day on the Camino. With these tips, your body won’t notice the physical wear and tear of consuming so much energy to finish the day.

And remember that it’s very important to stay hydrated. Always carry the bottle of water with you and don’t be afraid to finish it, since along the way you will find many drinking fountains.

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