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    Hi, i was told i need two things for the trail when it comes to food

    Protein
    Carbs

    And to carry enough for 3 to 4 days ( then stop at a town, resupply and continue on)

    With that in mind what would you say would be great ideas for

    1. Breakfast
    2. Lunch
    3. Dinner
    4. Snacks




    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisalwaysgood View Post
    Hi, i was told i need two things for the trail when it comes to food

    Protein
    Carbs

    And to carry enough for 3 to 4 days ( then stop at a town, resupply and continue on)

    With that in mind what would you say would be great ideas for

    1. Breakfast
    2. Lunch
    3. Dinner
    4. Snacks




    Thanks
    Depending on your body fat composition, how many miles you’re hiking, your pack weight, temperature etc. I would also look at fatty foods to include in your menu. If winter hiking maybe a lot.

    A rough estimate is 2 lbs. per day, but there are variables that should be considered. Look for foods with the highest calorie to weight ratio. Nut butters, jerky, chips, chocolate are some of the foods that work well for me.

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    For me "lunch" while hiking is simply a series of snacks.

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    Some just see it as fuel, and they eat carbs (=sugar), otherwise known as "energy". Common, but not so smart.

    Nutrition is different from that, and you need nutrition or you will eventually become ill. Basically, there is protein and there is energy (fats, carbs). Protein and fat are essential for health. Carbs are not but they can serve as a fuel source if you are a "sugar burner". Endurance sports become easier if you adapt to become a "fat burner", and burn your own body fat. I recommend that you learn a bit more about all this before you set off with a bag full of top ramen and pop tarts...

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    Ditto the comment about fat. Fat has twice the energy density of carbs. Nuts are a good, packable, readily available source of fat and protein, so I make good use of them.

    How much you need to eat depends on how much energy you burn by carrying your pack in varying terrain, your base metabolism, your general health, how much body fat you normally carry, the weather, the phase of the moon, and how you part your hair. What you eat is highly personal and impossible to predict from what others tell you.

    The two pounds per day rule of thumb is a pretty good one for many. But two pounds of cookies and candy will fuel you differently than two pounds of whole grains and nuts.

    The more I hike, the more I forget about the concept of "meals." I may eat something when I wake up, maybe not if the weather's harsh, and I eat every time I take a break until I stop for the day. That's usually five, maybe six times a day. What I eat depends on the weather and available shelter, and of course on what I was able to buy at the last resupply.
    "Throw a loaf of bread and a pound of tea in an old sack and jump over the back fence." John Muir on expedition planning

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    1. Carnation instant breakfast, powdered milk, instant coffee
    2. Chipotle Cheddar and bacon instant mashed potatoes
    3. Andy Skurka Beans and Rice w Fritos and cheese
    4. Stroopwafel with peanut butter (Justin’s)

    5. Don’t forget to hydrate, nuun tablets for electrolytes
    6. Don’t forget the nightcap, whiskey

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    Couscous with oil, pine nuts, dried veggies, anchovies. A little bit goes a long way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockDoc View Post
    Some just see it as fuel, and they eat carbs (=sugar), otherwise known as "energy". Common, but not so smart.

    Nutrition is different from that, and you need nutrition or you will eventually become ill. Basically, there is protein and there is energy (fats, carbs). Protein and fat are essential for health. Carbs are not but they can serve as a fuel source if you are a "sugar burner". Endurance sports become easier if you adapt to become a "fat burner", and burn your own body fat. I recommend that you learn a bit more about all this before you set off with a bag full of top ramen and pop tarts...
    I recommend that you learn a bit more about all this before you set off with a bag full of top ramen and pop tarts..

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisalwaysgood View Post
    Hi, i was told i need two things for the trail when it comes to food

    Protein
    Carbs

    And to carry enough for 3 to 4 days ( then stop at a town, resupply and continue on)

    With that in mind what would you say would be great ideas for

    1. Breakfast
    2. Lunch
    3. Dinner
    4. Snacks




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    You also need fats.
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    Be creative and use Fritos as an additive to meals.

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    Peanut butter is an excellent source of healthy fat. Most of your other food will likely be carb heavy, so the PB is a good offset.


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    When planning your trail menu, a typical ideal distribution is 50% carbs, 35% fat, and 15% protein. This can be varied but itís a good planning target. Youíll find with typical trail food, especially snacks, itís most difficult to find foods with enough fat.


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    Quote Originally Posted by spfleisig View Post
    I recommend that you learn a bit more about all this before you set off with a bag full of top ramen and pop tarts..

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    That sounds like something I’d do...

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    Fats and proteins are essential.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisalwaysgood View Post
    Hi, i was told i need two things for the trail when it comes to food

    Protein
    Carbs

    And to carry enough for 3 to 4 days ( then stop at a town, resupply and continue on)

    With that in mind what would you say would be great ideas for

    1. Breakfast
    2. Lunch
    3. Dinner
    4. Snacks




    Thanks
    1. Poptarts most of the time.
    2. 3 beef sticks and 2 packages of cheese and crackers (various flavors).
    3. 1/3 of the time cold soaked ramen with miracle whip and tuna; 1/3 of the time instant mashed potatoes w/spam chunks; 1/3 of the time some type of wrap usually with spam and cheese but sometimes tuna.
    4. some type of bar for morning snack, goldfish or similar for afternoon snack; alternate between skittles and fritos as supplement if I feel hungry. Sometime I treat myself with licorace.
    5. 2 honey buns for desert

    This has been my menu since I went stoveless 4-5 years ago. I average close to 1,000 miles a year most of which is long section hikes. I have found this diet fine even for long trips.
    Lonehiker

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