A Peek into My Pack: nutrition for the wanderluster

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People often ask me what I eat when I'm out backpacking or hiking all day. It varies depending on the circumstances, but today I want to give you a little peek into the pack of my latest adventure. Last weekend I backpacked through Snowmass Wilderness to catch the fall colors at their peak. I initially felt like my current to-do list was way to long to be running away for two days. It didn't take long to remember why time spent in nature is always worth it.  

When I'm hiking or backpacking, there are 3 major factors that determine what I bring with me to the hills:

  1. Nutrition: Just because I'm in the backwoods doesn't mean I have to compromise on this. In fact, I find it even more imperative that my foods are nutrient dense and healthy to keep my body in tip top shape for hours of hiking. 
  2. Weight: I don't want to carry any extra weight on my back if I don't have to. So even though I love my green smoothies and broccoli, some things aren't worth the extra lbs. 
  3. Refrigeration: Everything must be non-perishable. This is probably the biggest limitation. 

Let's see what's on the menu for this 2 day trip:

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  1. Hydration: Staying hydrated is first priority while hiking.  Bringing a water filter lightens the load a bit so we don't have to pack water for 2 days. The Jetboil is also a must, as this allows for easy cooking when in the woods. Is that a camping flask tucked back there?? I'll never tell...
  2. Breakfast: Oats + granola + peanut butter. Oats are light to carry and super easy to cook in the Jetboil with a little water. They are also a great source of complex carbs and fiber. The granola adds some extra crunch and yummy flavor, and the PB adds protein and fat to keep us satiated. 
  3. Meal 1: I love these GF rice and quinoa noodles from Trader Joe's. These are also easy to cook with the Jetboil. With these I'll bring one sauce such as pesto or peanut sauce and one vegetable. Add in some canned salmon and you get a surprisingly easy and delicious meal.
  4. Meal 2: Sandwiches are easy to prepare and don't require any cooking. For this trip we made a very simple tuna and avocado sammy. 
  5. Snacks: This is my favorite part about adventuring. It gives me a reason to eat a shit ton of peanut butter and trail mix. My snacks usually consist of various trail mixes, nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate covered almonds. I also NEVER go without a couple Greens Plus bars. Since I don't get as many micro-nutrients in my outdoor diet, I love these energy bars that actually include a greens powder in them! Chocolate AND greens?! Yes please. 

This "menu" was repeated for both days, for two people. So easy and surprisingly delicious. I am always looking for ways to make my adventure diet more diverse and nutritious. Please share your favorite camping/hiking meals!