Carrying and cooking in the wilderness has some challenges, but whether you’re venturing on an overnight hike or a multi-day backpacking trip, you’ll want to pack food that is nourishing and tastes good. Here are a few tips for ensuring you get the necessary calories and nutrition during your next overnight adventure.
Since fresh foods don’t last very long on the trail, I always find it hard to incorporate greens into my diet while backpacking. An easy solution is adding ALOHA’s original Superfood Greens to your water. One pouch provides a full serving of fruits and veggies and also delivers a dose of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. It’s a win-win situation: stay hydrated and pack in the nutrition.
Meal planning is important and should be done before you hit the trail. Calories and nutrition, weight and bulk, and ease of prep are all things to consider before zipping up your bag. A popular choice for a hearty dinner is a packaged, dehydrated meal that only requires adding boiling water. While this might be the easiest choice after a long day of hiking, I find the taste to be less than satisfying.
Packing a protein like quinoa gives you a valuable source of minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates, without packing too much bulk. Add additional goodness to the mix like wild salmon to round out the meal. The omega 3 fatty acids in the fish will help inflammation in sore muscles.
There are a handful of ingredients I like to pack on trips for increased nourishment and snack time!
Olive oil: Boosts calorie and healthy fat intake, great for cooking dinners, and has an anti-inflammatory effect which will help reduce ache in joints. Spices: Adding turmeric, cayenne pepper, ginger and garlic not only have health benefits, but they also spice up (literally) backpacking food and make it more appealing and delicious. Nut Butters: They are easily portable, offer a significant caloric boost, and are just downright delicious. If I need a quick pick me up, I make an almond butter sandwich or add some to a protein bar. Protein bars: When I feel hanger approaching but don’t want to stop and pull out all my food, I reach for a protein bar. Providing 14g of plant based protein, Aloha’s mocha bar (with ingredients like chocolate and ground coffee beans) is a perfect snack.