Healthy hobo food.

When people find out I live in a van they always ask, “do you mostly eat at restaurants?” It comes up on the VanDwellers list all the time, too. Why spend all that time, money, and energy (goodness, don’t forget the energy!) making food when you can get a half pound bean and cheese burrito for 99 cents?

Obviously it’s important to maintain your health, especially when you live in a van. If you’ve never been sick in a van before I can tell you: it’s awful. Really, really awful. Besides that, you can eat healthy, nourishing food on the cheap too.

This is what I’ve been eating for the last few days:

Breakfast: Yoghurt with frozen berries in it and a hard boiled egg.

Lunch: Sausage, zuccini, and a hard boiled egg.

Dinner: Sausage, big salad, and a hard boiled egg.

Breakfast: Yoghurt with frozen berries and flax seeds.

Lunch: Nuts, chickweed, and a hard boiled egg.

Dinner: Two sausages, chickweed, rose petals, a wee bit of yarrow, and a hard boiled egg.

Breakfast: Yogurt with frozen berries and flax seeds.

Lunch: Nuts, lambsquarters, violet leaves, plantain, and a hard boiled egg.

Dinner: Jar of cabbage soup I canned a few weeks ago.

That’s three days of healthy food, nine meals, and all I bought was a thing of Yohgurt, a thing of berries, a four pack of sausage, and eggs. About ten bucks, so a dollar more than you’d spend on your ninety nine cent bean and cheese burrito plan, but a hell of a lot healthier and yummier.


  1. yay! so glad that healthy food is a part of your life. Food is SOOO vital. people forget that what the put in their mouth completely and utterly effects everything they do from sun-up to sun-up..mood, energy, basic health….it is huge!
    So nice when berries are in season to eat fresh berries. we’ve been having fresh peaches too! peach sauce on chicken

  2. What? You didn’t pay 3 bucks for for a package of premixed salad? LOL. (I live in So California and most of the plants you mentioned grow abundantly here too – with all the parks and lawns there’s lots of baby dandelion, plantain, purslane, catcus and lots of others. Plus people often have citrus trees growing right next to fences. Great way to supplement a diet!

  3. My friend Lara had the same situation with these, she have a van. She showed me everything inside of it. And I can say that it is just like a home with complete accessories inside. Its dodge caravan parts are still in good condition.

    But I think I can’t live in a van. I commonly eat at resto but not in a van. I don’t have home and even family at this age of 30, i live on my own but i promise i can’t live in a van even for just a few days.

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