Could a Breaking Bad Diet Work for a Road Trip?

Walter White's Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, with the crusts cut off.

Walter White’s Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich, with the crusts cut off. Just keeping things up to standard.
See Dimly Lit Meals for One for more Walter White food photos, including this one from The Breaking Bad Cookbook, by Chris Mitchell

(All videos NSFW). You know you’ve been watching Breaking Bad too much when you keep nearly calling people ‘b*tch‘.

So at first this might not seem like the best diet for visiting your mother in law…

But we’re going on a fantastic road trip to get there too, probably through New Mexico, though sadly not in the true fan style of this Breaking Bad RV Tour.

And it will involve a lot more fast food than we usually eat. So this is a kind of reconnaissance and damage control diet.

I should add, right upfront, that I am not recommending amphetamines, although apparently there still are some over the counter diet supplements that contain them.

And I’m not recommending fast food either, just seeing if I can work with it.

Can’t anyone else be professional about this?

I’ll be taking the ‘Dining Out Companion’ book from WeightWatchers. That’s pretty professional, though in some ways incomprehensible too.

I’ll also be taking advantage of the new law that requires big chain restaurants to publish the number of calories in all their meals.

So how will this Breaking Bad diet work?

I should probably have a chemical formula ready at this point. But in fact (shocker!) I have no scientific reasoning for this diet. It’s basically just an attempt at weight-gain damage control while on vacation.

What are the rules?

  1. Desperate breakfasts. Doesn’t anyone else care about keeping this family together while I lie to them about my secret criminal meth cooking empire? And if we can find veggie bacon or something ‘New Mexico Christmas Style‘ (that’s half with red chilli and half with green chilli), so much the better
  2. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, with the crusts cut off to keep them up to Walt’s standards of course. That should keep well enough in the car too 🙂
  3. Dinners should be the healthiest, lowest calorie or lowest Weight Watchers points chicken meal from whatever fast food restaurants we can find that are most similar to Los Pollos Hermanos (Note: I am NOT suggesting any of these are fronts for secret drug dealing empires, although check out this story from Business Insider…)
  4. Pizza is only allowed if it’s balanced out by playing frisbee. Here’s Walt landing that pizza on the roof (copied by too many fans apparently!)


More Breaking Bad Road Trip Stuff: Highly Appropriate Music for the Car

This should make for a nice family singalong (and no I don’t let my kids watch Breaking Bad yet – much too violent / drug related for their age!):


Do you want to build a meth lab? And how do you avoid weight gain on holidays? I’d love to hear your tips. Post a comment here…

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10 Responses to Could a Breaking Bad Diet Work for a Road Trip?

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  2. Really cute video for Breaking Bad and Breakfast – and great fun post –
    I’ve never watched Breaking Bad – but so enjoyed this – smiling as I write this! 🙂

    • Thanks! I love Breaking Bad. It’s a very well made show – overall it’s like a classical tragedy, but with a lot of adventures and some very funny moments along the way. The actors won awards for it too 🙂

  3. LOL Funny post! I definitely understand about trying to stay on a diet while traveling. It’s such a killer.

  4. I’m doing weight watchers too. I’ve had a bad week so I really appreciate the inspiration. 😉

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  6. I made it through one full season of Breaking Bad and just couldn’t get into it. My husband made it to season three I think and he gave up, too. But I find I actually eat less on road trips. I think because I hate having to stop to go to the bathroom and I’d rather road warrior and risk a UTI than having to stop. Then once I get to where we’re going, I’m usually too tired to eat. So I basically live on trail mix while driving.

  7. This show is on my list to binge next. I’ve heard so many amazing things about it!

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