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    Default Other food options for lunch/dinner

    Hey guys I'm 1200 miles in to my AT thru hike and I'm starting to get sick of many of my food options, especially those for lunch when I don't really feel like busting out my stove (pb tortillas, tuna wraps). I was wondering what creative ideas you guys might have for backpacking meals?

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    For lunch, I often had tortillas, cheddar cheese, and summer sausage. No cooking required, and all these items last a long time, even in summer heat. Almonds, too, and dried fruit are good.

    The cheese and sausage are heavy, but you are young and strong and need the calories.

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    Corn chips! Best hot weather lunch ever. Beer nuts too. Candy bar when you start to drag the last few miles at the end of the day.

    Hard to kick the pasta/tuna combo for dinner, but PB+J sandwiches are a good option, pack a decent amount of calories and the ingredients are universally available.
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    Pepperoni log.

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    Like said tort salami or smoked sausage and cheese some mustard. BUT I garantee after your hike you wont touch a tort for a year.
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    Nuts, cheese, dried fruit, jerky granola bars have been my go to. I'm a snack as I walk type so the no cook lunch is a must.

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    B&M Brown Bread with raisins plus Medjool dates.

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    Uncrustables from freezer section. I like having a can of bean dip for burritos but that darn product weighs 1 pound.

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    SPAM & cheese on a bagel (with mustard if I have a packet or two). Not something I'd eat at home, but will power you through the day. Sometimes I'll find chicken salad in the foil packs, also good on a bagel. Jalapeno Fritos and an avocado from town!

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    If you can find avacados at your next resupply grab some not quite ripe ones... They travel well. Half an avocado sliced up with salty/crunchy Fritos or Doritos or potato chips on top is religious

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    Recently I finished a solo kayak trip in the BWCA and these Greenbelly meal 2 go were awesome. 665 calories in a smallish bar.

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    Hard boiled egg, beef jerky, string cheese, piece of dark chocolate.

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    I cant remember the details but a whiteblaze member long ago suggested that a hiker need to satisfy various sensations like sweet, salty, crunchy and chewy for lunch. My variations were usually turkey jerky (chewy and salty) , I cant remember my crunchy option in detail but I think it was usually nuts and my sugar buzz was fruit roll ups.

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    No doubt having the same rotation of foods after a while gets old. As a changeup, try buying extra takeout at each town stop to take with you along the way. Pizza, McGriddles, Subway, whatever. Also at the grocery store, nothing wrong with buying a box of cookies or big bag of chips....something to keep you motivated and let you indulge a bit on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by no_1 View Post
    If you can find avacados at your next resupply grab some not quite ripe ones... They travel well. Half an avocado sliced up with salty/crunchy Fritos or Doritos or potato chips on top is religious
    Now that might actually get me to eat Fritos! Snag a tomato and maybe a small can of sliced olives coming out of town. They make the snackable olives too but there's only like 4 olives in there.

    Stuffed grape leaves. They come in a can or in a hard plastic pouch. A little on the heavy side but a nice change.

    Dehydrated refried beans or black beans with tortillas, maybe some cheddar.

    Hard cheese with triscuits, many varieties.

    Humus with hard pretzels or those pretzel chips. A little dried fruit or even an apple!
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