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Old 06-18-2012, 08:51 PM   #1
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Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

So I have a question for all you folks (especially active and retired military) about eating healthy on a limited budget without a kitchen to make my own food. For those that are interested in the background, see below. For those that want the TV guide version: I live in the barracks and am not allowed to have things like a crock pot. The galley is not an option. Suggestions on a healthy, affordable (preferably heatless) meal option? Oh and if it is non perishable/does not spoil quickly big plus. Thanks.

Things I've done in the past and continue to do: black beans from the can, tuna (cans and pouch), raw vegetables like green peppers, fruits, sandwiches

For those of you interested in more info: when I was a civilian I controlled what I ate, and for the most part it was "clean" and well balanced. Since joining the military, I've lost access to a kitchen and that situation isn't going to change anytime soon unless I get married () and receive BAH- requesting it is no longer an option until I put more time in. The only reason I care about diet is that while on leave I had some blood work done and my results were pretty bad. My bad cholesterol is up, fasting glucose damn near pre diabetic stages, even my blood pressure has gone up (which I blame on a sodium saturated diet provided courtesy of Uncle Sam). Thoughts? Thank you.
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:16 PM   #2
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

How old are you? Why is the galley not an option?
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Old 06-18-2012, 09:25 PM   #3
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How old are you? Why is the galley not an option?
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:15 AM   #4
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

Eating healthy at the chow hall is easy and unlimited.

They literally had a huge bowl of hard boiled eggs for the taking!!!

Use to get yelled at by higher ups for filling up a brown paper bag daily.
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Old 06-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #5
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

I know the chow hall on base usually has grilled chicken, they always have salads and what not, along with fresh fruit.

If you are that opposed to using the chow hall, buy a big pack of chicken and grill it yourself. Tuna cans are great and easy, I usually put some Sriracha sauce (asian food section) on it and it makes it spicy. Produce is a no brainer.

However, the chow halls are going to have healthy food along with crap food for the member that just don't care about their health.

Last resort is getting married and moving out of the barracks!!! Lol, don't do that just for the BAS or anything else.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:04 PM   #6
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

Thanks for the suggestions.

To answer the first two questions- the base I work on does not have a galley provided so I receive BAS. The galleys that I have been to are usually a toss up- worse in the south in my experience (Gulfport was particularly bad for anything but breakfast since it was mostly fried) and somewhat tolerable on the west coast.
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Old 06-20-2012, 05:51 AM   #7
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

BAS and no where to cook, what a bummer. What about buying a small portable grill that you can take outside? Just cook up a weeks worth of meat/veggies and that way you can eat it on the go. Or make friends with someone that does have a kitchen and use it once or twice a week. But your best bet might be to find an attractive older woman who would cook for you.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:44 AM   #8
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

Second the idea of a portable grill. What could you hypothetically have in your room with regards to cooking? A Foreman grill? A hot plate? A kettle?

A friend of mine who lived in the blocks for a long time ate nothing but tuna from the can and oatmeal packets. You don't want to be that guy.

If you have a fridge you can do pickled eggs or fish, some types of jerky (not the regular jack links stuff, but more natural jerky if you have access), some nuts and of course vegetables and fruit.
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Old 06-20-2012, 11:58 AM   #9
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

Before my girlfriend moved in, everything I ate came off a Foreman Grill. I was actually much leaner than I am now.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:10 PM   #10
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Re: Suggestions for a bachelor in the military

I think the portable grill is an option I will have to look into. Getting deployed soon so I'll wait until I get back to buy it.

In regards to the barracks, I know people have foremans, coffee makers, etc. but I'd rather not have to explain myself when they roll through with a "random" inspection and possibly face NJP for violation of Article 92. That's where a car comes in handy. Getting one of those once I get back too.
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