As many of you already know, hikers eat a lot of food. We are moving constantly and carrying a lot of weight. Some estimates we’ve read put the average daily calorie burn at 5,000-6,000 calories per day! Fuego and I were already blessed with relatively fast metabolism, so we need to eat a lot of food. This blog has taken significantly longer to put together than we anticipated. We wanted to get photos of the different types of food we eat, but we usually remembered to take pictures after we had already eaten. We definitely don’t have a future as food bloggers!
We had trouble finding the right things to eat for breakfast. We needed something that doesn’t need to be cooked, but that will also keep you full for 2 hours until snack time.
-Poptarts (keep you full for about an hour)
We tried a lot of different foods for lunch. Some foods didn’t keep well in certain types of weather, so we were constantly looking for different options. We also didn’t like to cook food for lunch since that would involve getting out the stove and cook set. One thing is pretty much constant- whatever we eat is wrapped up in a tortilla. Or two.
A tortilla with:
-Cheese and pepperoni
-Cheese and mashed potatoes
-Any of the above combos with crunched up crackers, etc. added
-Peanut butter and jelly
Fuego added tuna and/or mayonnaise to a lot of his lunch tortillas. I definitely did not. They actually have a lot of different flavored tuna packets out now.
When we are lucky, we would have food from a mail drop with delicious, homemade dehydrated meals. We made 86 individual dinners, so 43 nights on the trail with homemade just-add-water meals. On the trail, we tried to make similar meals with a starchy base, seasoning, protein and hopefully some dehydrated veggies if we have them.
Grocery store food we eat a lot of on the trail:
-Mac and cheese
-Instant mashed potatoes
You name it, chances are we’ve eaten it on the trail. We’ve eaten pretty much all of the snacks Little Debbie has to offer, along with an assortment of Little Debbie knockoffs. We also eat a lot of dry fruit, nuts and nut butter and anything in bar form. On the day we are hiking out of town, we will pack out more delicate items like fresh fruit or a bag of chips. We also hand pick fresh fruit on the trail when it is available, like blueberries, raspberries and apples.
-Little Debbie snacks (Fuego’s favorites are the cosmic brownies)
-protein bars (Nature Valley protein bars are the biggest bang for your buck, although if I never eat another one, it may be too soon!)
Water can get kind of boring, especially when you are sweating buckets and need to drink a ton of it. We had plenty of things to add to water to jazz it up a bit. We also packed out some treat drinks every once in awhile, although not as often now as we did awhile ago. Every bit of weight counts when you have to carry it up and down mountains!
-Mio (especially Mio Energy!)
-instant coffee (Fuego)
-hot cocoa (even better with some Rumplemintz or Ice101!)
-small bottles of liquor (on mail drop days)