Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Day 64-Nutritional Bite

Healthy Backpacking Breakfast
A breakfast for the champion is a good way to start your hiking day. You need energy for the trail, so eat well champs! Here are some healthy breakfast ideas:

Cold Cereal- Muesli, granola, and cold cereals in a bag are all good choices.
Dried Milk - Make sure you double-bag all powdered food.
Fresh Fruit - If your fruit is fresh, focus on eating this food earlier in the trip; otherwise, your fruit will not last. Be careful with fruits such as bananas, peaches, and plums because they may squish in your pack. Better choices are fresh figs and dates being lightweight and long-lasting.
Dried Fruit - Most fruits are available dried and make tasty, healthy additions to your hot cereal, granola or pancake breakfasts.
Dried Eggs - These type of eggs are a safer choice than carrying the 'real thing'.
Hot Cereal - You have many choices: oatmeal, MaltOmeal, farina, rice, bulgar, couscous, etc... The oatmeal packs are the easiest. Add hot water directly to the bag, mix with a spoon, and eat right from the bag. No dishes to clean up! Couscous is a great alternative to oatmeal as it cooks instantly and is a great carrier for sweet toppings like honey.
Pancake Mix - Double bag or even triple bag your mix and place cooking instructions into the inner bag on a scrap of paper. You can also cook your pancakes prior to the trip and simply reheat them in the field.
Bagels - The smaller versions tend to last longer. Keep your bagel bags out of the sun and try not to sit on them. Tortillas are a good and popular substitute for bagels for many hikers.
Breakfast burrito- Place grated cheese on top of a tortilla in a pan. Add water to dehydrated eggs according to instructions and pour on top of the cheese. You may add pre-cooked bacon.

Sugar Preacher's Experience

We met a backpacking guide on the Grand Canyon, and he mentioned his favorite hiking menu is scrambled eggs with vegetables. He freezes the eggs and vegetables the night before, which will last about a day on the trail. His second menu choice is bagels with blueberries and cream cheese. Blueberries are easy and light to pack. You can carry some powdered milk, raisins, and other toppings to add.


Megan...NYC...Chicago said...

Hey Erin! It's Megan...from New York... aka Chicago... but just thought I'd check out your sugarshun site. (as I am eating a piece of licorice...whoopsies) These backpacking food ideas really are great!!! It is like gourmet backpacking foods- I usually just eat plain oatmeal and rice and lentils or a potato for lunch or dinner...not very balanced- with a fruit here and there- we also had a dried vegetable mix but i'm afraid it wasn't very good...and of course- trail mix with nuts and dried fruit. For snacks they would use oats and mix them with peanut butter for a treat- and sometimes (when the kids earned some honey...) they'd make peanut butter and honey oat balls. I don't know if that is allowed on your sugar shunning...but it's good!!
Packing your own is a great idea!!! Takes a little more preparation but once your out in the woods it's very appreciated!!!!!

The Sugar Preacher said...

It is good to hear from you! Peanut Butter Honey Oat Balls is allowed on my sugar shun diet! I can't wait to try them!

Fit Mommy said...

Although eggs are found in the dairy section of most supermarkets, they are not nearly as volatile as many dairy products. Even without freezing first I've packed fresh eggs in and eaten them the next morning- after asking my mom about it first who grew up on an egg ranch. If temperatures aren't real hot, you could go a couple of days according to her.