I've started commuting longer distances now that I've returned to uni following placement - this has left me feeling REALLY hungry though, I'd like some advice about nutrition.
I'm 21 and 67kg - fairly fit and, until recently, I'd usually cycle 100 miles per week - 2 x 25mile round trip commute and 2 x 25mile punchy/fast road rides.
I'm gradually upping my cycling to 3 x 35mile round commute and subsequently reducing to 1 x 25mile punchy/fast road ride on the weekend (occasionally to be replaced by a longer 50/60 mile hard road ride).
I eat healthily, generally following a Mediterranean diet. At 67kg and 5'11, with a fairly lean physique, I look scrawny enough as it is, so I don't want to lose much (if any) more weight.
My problem comes because I don't want to add any more starchy bread into my diet (about 2/3 slices a day average), but I know I need carbs to replace what I will have burnt cycling. For what it's worth, my Strava/Garmin are estimating I burn somewhere between 1200 and 1600 calories each day I commute (my perceived effort would make me think it's less than this).
I'm not overly concerned about a huge amount of protein intake either, as my commutes are taken at a steady pace, my muscles don't feel like they have been worked very hard.
So I'm looking for a food that is reasonably filling, replaces carbs (not sugars) and maybe has a little bit of protein - easy/cheap to home make is a big bonus too! I know bananas fill this criteria (yes, I know I don't have to make them), but I eat enough of them already!
I was thinking of rice cakes or possibly oatcakes - any suggestions (preferably not expensive energy/recovery bars)?