I eat a big breakfast with healthy foods that digest slowly and then I eat on the way up to the hill or in the parking lot so basically I have a little under two meals before I get there. I then just pack some power bars and trail mix into my pockets or camelback and I'm set for the day.
I think a lot of people overlook food quality and just focus on quantity. Eating appropriate food for being active goes a long way to keeping you outside, I know this seems obvious but I don't think a lot of people look beyond filling their stomachs.
"Healthy food "is very general to learn from, so I will mention the basics,
Whole Grains= no white bread, white flour (donuts, that shit) no hard core corn syrup, or even too much of any sugar. Really simple sugars are the bad ones, and too much of them, actually cool you, which makes your body work hard to keep you warm. It is a fast energy, but it has a cooling effect. (forThose of us in colder climates on the hill ). Brown rice syrup is good, You can make all kinds of amazing things with it. Dark chocolate is good. No dairy is best.
I eat lots of oily foods in the winter. Fish, sesame oil, brown rice, whole grains, beans, , root veggies, (yes french fries rock), I will eat a full meal an hour before I ride usually on the drive up), and pack some dried fruit, or Kind Bar, or something to have as a boost before a sit down lunch, then another cliff bar, or whatever.