Thursday, June 20, 2013

What in the world do you eat?

I get asked a lot "What in the world do you eat on a backpacking trip?" 

Well, we like eating several small meals throughout the day. Of course when backpacking weight is a big deciding factor when it comes to determining what we will take. We look for food that is packed in a light weight manor and that don't require temperature control. We also think about bears and critters... We select food options that result in little waste, small portions and efficient packaging. We want to be able to eat all of what we fix for a meal so we aren't dumping leftovers near our camp site and we want little packaging so there isn't much trash. 

Out trash from this past weekend’s back packing trip… In one sandwich size ziploc bag we have the trash from two breakfasts, two lunches, two suppers and five snacks each!!! 

For this particular trip we enjoyed the following meals: 

We like having Quaker oatmeal for breakfast. We take the individual packs! 

Breakfast Coffee!!! I cannot function without one morning cup! We take coffee beans and grind them on site but we also sometimes take Folgers Coffee Singles! Light weight and easy!

For a morning and afternoon snack we have trail mix and protein bars. This trip we had a fun variety of bars! Jerky is a good snack option as well! A friend of mine recently recommended Krave. Might have to give it a try! 

We had these Yummy Atkins Bars

Cliff Blueberry Crisp, one of my favorites!!

For lunch I enjoyed an apple and some almonds! James had the Chili Mac with Beef meal from Mountain House, it was easy to make, he said it was very tasty and clean-up was easy! We may have to try out some other Mountain House Meals!

On the first night we had the Cheddar and Broccoli Rice Side for supper and it was very filling.

Night two we had Kraft Easy Mac and Cheese and added StarKist Tuna Packets while cooking. Yummy!! Just needed pepper and we had left the pepper at home. we take the individual packets and it packs so nicely!

We also drink plenty of water all day. We had plenty of food this trip; we didn't feel hungry and had lots of energy for backpacking! We are always trying new things and interested in new ideas. So far we have been very satisfied with our selections and are looking forward to our next trip!!

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  1. Great article! Food is always a tricky thing to figure out as a young backpacker (or old one sometimes?). Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for the feedback! We look forward to trying out new and different things in the future. Trying to keep it light, easy and with little waste!

  3. I'd love to hear if you ever take any recipes that you make at home or with whole foods. Thanks for stopping by Tuesday Greens!

  4. Great set of food recommendations. We take them all (except the to grind my whole beans myself!) Thanks for posting to Green Living Thursdays!

  5. I've tried the Mountain house meals. They are very good. Great list of suggestions, thanks for linking it up to Snickerdoodle Sunday.


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