The 100-Mile Diet is a diet in which a large percentage, or all of the foods eaten are grown and prepared within 100 miles of the consumer. This diet encourages healthy eating as well as environmental responsibility. However, it can be difficult to begin as a lot of energy is put into sourcing local foods. It is also hard to give up the non-local foods that you may enjoy. However, there are many ways to substitute local foods for ones that have traveled hundreds or thousands of miles to end up in your supermarket. Here are some snacks you can eat while on the 100 Mile Diet.
Chicory or Dandelion Root
It can be difficult to go without coffee. However, the taste can be emulated with either chicory or dandelion root and both of these plants probably grow as weeds somewhere close by (or can be quickly grown from seed). Neither of them contain caffeine, and chicory is considered to be a blood purifier and good for the liver, whereas dandelion root has many nutrients and can help in regulating insulin levels. Neither tastes exactly the same as coffee, but both can provide that bitter, roasted flavor that coffee does, and many people don’t notice the difference.
Honey Roasted Nuts
Honey is a natural sweetener that can be found locally in most places. It naturally keeps for a very long time, and contains many vitamins and minerals. A great way to get a sugar fix without eating non-locally made sugar is to honey-roast some locally grown nuts, like almonds, peanuts or macadamias. Simply toss the (already roasted) nuts in a melted honey and oil mixture then bake in the oven until the glaze darkens. Honey can be used as a substitute for sugar in almost any recipe.
Potatoes are often heavily consumed by 100 Milers when they first start the diet, as they are easy to source locally and can serve as a substitute for starchy foods that are more difficult to find, such as wheat and rice. Trying to find different ways to eat potatoes can be a challenge, however they are a versatile vegetable and can be prepared any number of ways. One unusual potato (or sweet potato) snack is to grate the potato and mix it with egg, then cook the mixture in a waffle iron. This can then be dressed up to be a sweet or savory waffle.
Eating live sprouts is a good idea when on the 100 Mile Diet, as they are nutrient rich and easy to grow at home. There are such a wide variety of sprouts that can be grown, including millet, alfalfa, chickpeas, corn, peas and beans, that there will be at least one suitable type that can be sourced locally.
The 100 Mile diet can be a difficult one, but most of the foods that are eliminated can be replaced with local equivalents. Eating food from this diet is healthier for both you and the planet.