Friday, August 14, 2015


A few meal ideas I thought I would go ahead and post, mainly to make them easier for me to find.
And if it helps someone else with an idea or two, yay!

I shoot for 2,000 calories because I only hike around 10 miles a day.  If you hike more, you need more.
Add nuts!

Breakfast: ProBar Meal Bar
Mid-morning/long climb: sport beans
Lunch: Tuna and tortilla
Dinner: potatoes with tuna and dehydrated mixed greens
Snacks: Snickers
trail mix from coconut and salad toppers

Breakfast: ProMeal Bar
rehydrated beans/tortilla and Taco Bell sauce (I ask if I could take a half dozen extras, they usually don't mind, but do ask)
Dinner: soup!
Snacks: Snickers, meat bar and snack bar

Breakfast: ProBar meal
Lunch: nut butter and tortilla
Dinner: precooked rice (measure it out, you won't want to haul the whole packet) and tuna
Snacks: Snickers, meat bar, Clif bar and salad topper mix

Breakfast: ProMeal Bar
Lunch, Tuna and tortilla (So glad tuna comes in so many flavors!)
Dinner: noodles
After dinner: cookies/crackers and nut butter
Snack: Snickers and gummy bears

ProBar breakfast
Lunch: bars, usually one around 11 and the other at 2
Dinner: Tuna and tortilla
Snack: Granola/pecan trail mix

ProBar breakfast
Hummus and tortilla lunch
couscous and chia (or other seed/nut) dinner
Snack: Snickers, protein shot and energy gels

Usual breakfast
Lunch: Honey and hemp seeds with tortilla
Dinner: Quinoa and tuna
Snack: Snickers and energy chews and...mashed potatoes!
Some days you just need the carbs

Other snack ideas:
Um.  Snickers
Peanuts/other nuts, tuna mixes, meal replacement bars, dried fruit (I love plantain chips!) hard cookies

Tea, electrolyte replacement, various flavor mixes and of course, Emergen-C
If the water is discolored or warm, I dump one of the big Crystal Light tubes in there.  You have to stay hydrated and if you need to treat your tastebuds, do it.

Other meal ideas:
be sure to add protein.  I use a lot of tuna, but there's salmon, chicken, even SPAM slices in individual foil packets.

When the tuna gets dull or you find all that's left is instant potatoes, a packet of flavor can help save the day.
Mixes for dip or soup add-ins are easy and light.  McCormick is doing a series of pre-measured herbs and spices for recipes, a card of 3 is $1, but they are sealed and ID'd and weigh nothing.
Dipping sauce comes in loads of flavors and if it's a shorter trip where weight is not as big of an issue, it can be a great addition!  Taco Bell sauce, and don't forget plain old salt.  If you carry paper tubes or packets, keep them sealed in a baggie with a moisture absorber.

Finally, whiskey.  Red Stag to be exact.
2 things.  Don't drink and hike-be in camp and set up for the night.
Don't drink whiskey in place of water, it's not hydrating.
Oh, and be sure it's okay where you will be camping! 

There are so many more foods to eat while hiking and camping!  Think about your calorie burn (flat walking, no weight burns around 110 calories a mile, a hard climb with a pack would be closer to 200 a mile) and how much you want/need to replace.  If you have fat to burn, you have more leeway.  Keep in mind, the more you hike, the more efficiently your body will work, so you will burn less as you get stronger.  But if your muscle mass increases, you will burn more calories just from having muscles to fuel.  It's a balance for everyone and to assuage worry, always take along a couple extra bars.  Some days you will not feel like eating much and some days your stomach demands more food, more food.

I usually eat my dinner for breakfast, as setting up camp happens when I am tired out and there's so much to do already without cooking and cleaning up added in there.  So I will eat a hot dinner the next morning, my bar at lunch and have tortillas and tuna at camp. This works really well, though it sometimes takes as much as 2 hours from when I wake up to when I hike out. Not usually a big deal, but sometimes you want to be ahead of a rain, move out while it's still cool or you have a lot of miles that day and want to get a move on.  Plus, dallying is taxing for some partners.  Which I will discuss later.

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