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How to choose good backpacking food?

So, what makes good trail and hiking food?

You want to look for items that are full of essential nutritional values and, also, for those that are non-perishable, easy to carry and prepare.

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Another thing that you want to ensure is that the calories you consume during your meal have higher nutritional quality, if possible. You can get essential values by consuming foods that are healthier than just white flour, white sugar, and highly-saturated fats found in typical backpacker food (mac, cheese or sugary candy bars). These can even be counterproductive especially on long thru-hikes or other trips, as your body actually needs quality nutrition.

It is possible you will lose a lot of weight after a month of walking. The wrong diet can easily drive into muscle rather than fat loss, calcium loss from teeth, or vulnerability to ulcers.

When do snacks and bars count

healthy energy bar hiker foodHowever, you need to eat high amounts of healthy food in order to provide yourself with enough calories to justify their weight. Another solution is to eat some amounts of junk food on the trail, and then on your days off, eat a bunch of healthy foods in order to make up for any deficiencies. Make the most out of it during your town stops. Some even confess about being backpackers so they can justify their need to eat junk food.

Snacks are also worth a place in your backpack on long hikes. 3,000 or more calories a day is a reasonable baseline for most backpacking trips. You can consume this amount each and every day on hikes up to 500 miles. You will overcome a day when your metabolism kicks into high gear and you will even have to eat more (as much as 5,000 calories a day) to keep your energy up and avoid weight loss. The easiest way to add an extra 1,500 calories is to double up on the snacks.


Nutritional and healthy items

healthy hiker nutsTo get a more balanced diet, you will find it good to eat lots of whole foods (fruit, veggies, meat, whole grains, etc.) and supplement with vitamins.

Nuts, legumes (e.g. dip mix), lentils, beans, couscous, rice, and cans as a base, cover a lot of your protein and carbohydrate needs, and are a lot easier on your stomach than those factory processed sugary foods. Mixed with locally-bought cheese (which shepherds are always glad to sell), olives, wild herbs (e.g. oregano or thyme), dried tomatoes and vegetables, you can end up with a meal to do justice to a superfine Italian restaurant.

Olive Oil is known to be healthy addition to food. Raisins are good too. Honey has also very high energy percentage but it only really works as a flavour.

Peanut butter is simply awesome and always ready to eat.

Some hikers own dehydrators to prepare nutritious food in advance. You are able to make gourmet foods, and season them specifically to your liking. For proteins, you can use a lot of turkey burgers and dehydrated beef. You are also able to prepare Sweet Potato Casserole or Turkey Chili. You can get even more recipes. You are free to add beans to up the calorie count. Your meal can usually reach 800+ calories.

Use ziplock bags! You can use prepackaged breakfast or dinner that can be stored ziplock bags. Think of oatmeal, brown sugar, walnuts, cinnamon, powdered milk, raisins or cranberries. It is quick to cook when mixed with water.

You can also choose from nutritious packed goods available on Amazon, such as Savi seed product from Sequel (which is fully organic and contains more Omega 3 than salmon), Pro Bards (which are 100% organic and 100% Vegan), and Dale’s Raw Protein Bars (which are gluten free, dairy free, and contain no artificial preservatives).

Vacuum-sealed packages of tofu or tempeh (fermented soy bean curd) that don’t require refrigeration.

Goji berries and hemp seeds also have high concentration of energy per weight unit.

Sports drinks and soy powder can provide the right proportion of high quality carbs, proteins and fats. In addition to quality sodium, they also contain essential electrolytes like potassium and magnesium.

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