A few folks have asked me about my diet on trail, so here is a sample menu. I shouldn’t be writing this on an empty stomach, since the grumblings are distracting me something fierce.
Breakfast consists of dry cereal almost every morning. I prefer granola, but will eat just about any cereal I can purchase in town. Cracklin’ Oat Bran is one of my favorites! Instead of mixing in powdered milk, I like to eat the cereal a handful at a time and wash it down with water.
Instead of taking a dedicated lunch I prefer to snack throughout the day. I feel this allows my body to remain fueled with a steady supply of nutrients, instead of one big meal. Bread products like bagels and pita pockets make a good base for peanut butter or cheese. Dried fruits and nuts are always present, as are food bars (Pro Bars, Skout Bars, etc) and those foil packages of tuna fish. I’d eat beef jerky everyday, but high costs prohibit that and I eat it sparingly.
Dinner is the only meal I cook. I like to prepare buckwheat groats (kasha) or quinoa and add whatever random extras I have to make a “chaos stew”. Packing out fresh vegetables from town and cooking them the first night or two is a nice treat. Carrots, broccoli, and cabbage often find their way into my bag. For a flavorful sauce I’ll add dehydrated coconut milk, peanut butter or miso soup packets. After those supplies are exhausted I turn to dehydrated vegetables. My recent partnership with Hungry Hikers will expand my vegetable intake to many new freeze dried foods, and I’m looking forward to that!
When resupplying from a small grocery store that doesn’t offer healthy grains or vegetables, I’ll turn to boxed mac-n-cheese, dehydrated potatoes or ramen noodles. I’ve even developed a taste for those single serving foil packets of SPAM! Living in a city that gives me access to healthy food has spoiled me a bit, and I find it sad to see how many people only have heavily processed junk food lining the shelves of their neighborhood grocery store. But then I eat a sandwich containing a Snickers bar and a hunk ’0 SPAM and remind myself not to worry about these things.