Hello again. We’re back! Well, we never really left, more distracted than anything the past month working, saving up funds, planning for the next trip [as well as our plans for settling down after that trip] and doing that day-to-day life thing. Casey and I have both been eager to put a list together of our ‘Food on the Go’ and figured no better time than before our second pilgrimage. There’s no question we both love food especially our sweets; so how do you improvise and stay healthy when time and resources are limited; like they are living out of your car? traveling miles away from civilization? or on the summit of a peak? We hope this post feeds your taste buds and gives you the ample energy to tackle your next adventure. Enjoy!
Storm clouds painted several shades of purple and green drifted across the ridge above. A crusty mixture of dirt and sweat filled the corner of our eyes; as deep burns lingered in our calves like electricity, seconds after each step. Fueled by a single peanut butter and jelly, half of a browned banana and the final crumbs of some trail mix; we set out. 1000 feet to the summit and a 5 mile descent to the trailhead. Our hands were swollen, feet blistered and bodies frazzled but we knew this would be just enough, to get us to refuge.
Food. The necessary element of life. How easy as an American I’ve taken this commodity for granted. Convenient trips to the grocery store and endless options; stoves, microwaves, toasters, refrigerators and even the kitchen sink making the most essential… simple. Those fond memories of your family’s homecooking followed by a savory dessert. It wasn’t always this way, how easy we forget, life completely and utterly revolved around food not too terribly long ago. Hunting til successful, gathering herbs, berries and nuts, migrating with the herd and farming long days in the field, all to keep the body maintained. Luxuries of corner stores, dreams of advanced technology and time to pursuit tennis, yoga and other distractions were unheard of. There was one goal in mind – SURVIVAL.
Think of a camping trip you went on, as a child or even last month. Most of your planning, preparation and packing revolved around food, water and shelter. How many days worth? How much to bring? Does it weigh too much? Controlled and calculated. Basic survival instincts brought to a modern day and age. This is what attracts me to exploring the outdoors. An environment even the clinically diagnosed ADHD can have discipline in!
While living out of our car and touring the country, there were three fundamental pieces of equipment that reminded two dirtbags like ourselves of the comfort we left behind: a small stove (Jetboil, MSR), a dependable cooler (Yeti, generic insulated) and silverware (titanium s-fork). Were any of these absolutely necessary? No. Consuming specific foods could eliminate the cooler and stove altogether, [besides those winter conditions to melt snow for water]. And believe it or not a flat rock makes one hell of a spoon. So in the end our tools were futile without the nutrition they catered to. And our food was worthless without the vital nutrients to maintain our journey. A Mountain Dew, bag of Lay’s potato chips and Hershey bar will only last you so long especially when your exertion calls for a adequate amount of sustenance.
Below we have listed our Top 10 Foods while in the field chasing our passions along with our 5 Favorite Recipes. Use these recipes for recovery on a day off, a quick snack, back at camp with a few of your amenities readily available to you or for simply a new meal to try back at home.
TOP 10 FOODS
Tuna / Salmon packet: easy, light, sealed, high sodium content to renew performance level losses, quick protein, lean meat, a long time bodybuilders ‘go-to’, sustained energy
Apple: hard to crush unlike banana / orange, throw away after, healthy, filling
Oatmeal: the true ‘breakfast of champions’, great for on the go or at base camp to mix fruit / yogurt with, individually packaged, no need for warming up – cold water mix works fine as well
Dark Chocolate: simple sugars, healthy, fast, quick energy, packable
Nutrition / CLIF bar: fantastic supplement for long or multi-day trips where weight is a priority, sustained energy, vital minerals / vitamins
Almonds / Misc nuts: light, quick protein, healthy fat, help decrease cholesterol levels especially in substitution of other foods
Eggs: need we say more, perfect source of protein, whether boiled and added to an egg case for use in the field or scrambled with veggies and salsa back at camp – eggs are an amazing source of energy
Amy’s Kitchen soups: discovered several years ago, great source of vegetables, also offer a lowered sodium option considering soups contain a high level of salt for preservative purposes, new non-BPA container
Juice Smoothies: Naked, Bolthouse, Odwalla – high concentrates of vitamins and nutrients, fresh, natural, non-GMO
Spinach: abundant in vitamin K which assists healthy nervous system and maintain bone strength, goes with anything – sandwich, soup or eggs, high source of fiber, unfortunately perishable and will spoil in only several days
5 FAVORITE RECIPES
Sweet Chicken Salad
- 1 can of chunk chicken (drained)
- 1/4 cup of dried cranberries and/or raisins
- 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds
- 4 packets of mayo (approx. 2oz)
- 4 packets of sweet relish
- Pita bread
No fresh veggies required. No perishable ingredients before opening. Mix together and add to pita. Bon appetit!
Bohemian Veggie Pita
- 1 avocado (peeled / cubed)
- 1 small can roasted red peppers
- 1 tomato (diced)
- 4 mozzarella cheese sticks (cut into cubes)
- 1/2 bag [container] spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup red onion (chopped)
- 1/2 green bell pepper (chopped)
- 2 packets balsamic vinegar
- Pita bread
In a bowl, mix avocado, peppers, tomatoes and cheese. Add vinegar. Line pita with spinach leaves and add your scrumptious concoction!
Omelet in a Bag
- Steam and Seal bag (small size if using portable stove)
- Onions (chopped)
- 1/2 ea Red and Green peppers (chopped)
- 1/2 Tomato (diced)
- 1/4 bag [container] spinach
- Pepper (or Salt)
Crack two eggs in a bag and load up on your desired ingredients. Pop your bag into your stove and boiling water. Set a timer for 13 minutes, a typical time but expect longer for more eggs. When the time is up… Voila! Slide your omelet on a plate and enjoy!
- 1 bag [container] spinach leaves
- 1 cucumber (peeled / sliced)
- 1 tomato (diced)
- 1/4 cup of onion (chopped)
- 1/2 cup of feta cheese
- Banana peppers
- Cavenders (pinch)
- Lemon juice (small squeeze)
- Pita bread
Mix cucumber, tomato, onion, banana peppers and feta. Add in cavenders and lemon juice. Line pita with spinach leaves and fill with the goods!
Apple Sauce Parfait
- 2 apple sauce cups (approx 8oz total)
- 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 small can of chunk pineapple
- 1/2 cup of dried blueberries
- 1/2 cup of nuts (almonds, walnuts)
- 1/2 cup of yogurt (Noosa honey flavor)
- OR plain yogurt add tablespoon of honey
Spoon a layer of apple sauce and yogurt into cup. Add layer of graham, next later of fruit and nuts. Repeat until full. Ahh… sweet tooth sensational!
Any of the recipes above can be modified, substituted and changed in any way that suits your taste or lifestyle. That’s what we love about them, they’re user-friendly and adaptable. We love our veggies but also mix in chicken, tuna and other proteins periodically. Yet when we’re back home, deer meat makes it’s way into the ingredients from the gifts of our farm. Let us know what you think!
As a bonus I’d like to list another product that showed up on our radar recently called ‘NUUN’. Recent studies revealed that during times of high intensity training water just isn’t enough; it isn’t the salt levels that need replenishing as much as the potassium. The maintenance of our potassium can be the difference between completing the task at hand or succumbing to dehydration and fatigue. Taking the place of a Gatorade or even a banana, NUUN revitalizes you with electrolytes, vitamins and minerals without dosing you with a massive amount of sugar. Small, healthy and convenient – fitting in your pocket – just add a tab to your water bottle for your next objective. Discover more at www.nuun.com
JH and CF 3/12/15
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