I’m so glad you found the information helpful and that you’ve been progressing towards healthier eating both at home and on trail! Calorie-packed, slow-to-digest fats aren’t as much the indulgence they are back home out on the trail: Butter, cheese, eggs, and other fatty foods keep you powered up for long stretches. Excitement was really high for these, but they didn’t taste as much like S’mores as everyone had hoped. In addition to the vitamin C, emergen-c also has b-vitamin, electrolytes, and antioxidants, so I like those for energy as well. 7 Replies to “Healthy Lightweight 5-day Backpacking Meal Plan” Pingback: Healthy Lightweight Eating on Trail: A Day in the Life - Katie Gerber. Katie Gerber is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. Breakfast – Tortillas+freeze-dried breakfast skillet + colby jack string cheese = Backpacking Breakfast Burritos. Awesome! Happy trails . From the bottom of the ocean to the peak of Everest, we’ve fueled expeditions in every climate and situation. Many people have trouble coming up with a high-calorie meal plan that is nutritious and wholesome for long-distance backpacking. Learn how your comment data is processed. (Select all that apply.). We trace our roots to meals we made for US Special Forces nearly 50 years ago. The process of using the BMI and BMR calculators and finding what my Caloric needs are was helpful. As we alluded to above, you may want to make breakfast a just-add-water bowl of Mountain House Granola with Milk & Blueberries or perhaps an energy bar and dried fruit—something quick and easy to prepare so you can take advantage of cool morning weather or an early start for putting in some quality time on the trail or up the peak.

Breakfast: Fuel up at that diner near the trailhead! Required fields are marked *. So, it works for me for those reasons, but I always encourage people to experiment and do what’s best for them. Ramen, poptarts, and Snickers? Since we write about food here, let’s talk about the food. When we would host, one of our friends often would say “Merkets don’t cut corners” as we’d put on a Cafe Rio Style salad bar that started with homemade tortillas and ended with from scratch pico de gallo. vgo('setAccount', '650117235'); But study those nutrition facts, as ultimately the calorie benchmark matters more than the weight one. On the trail, there are … We ate freeze dried Sweet and Sour Chicken. We’re talking pasta, whole grains, potatoes, dried fruit, pita bread, and the like. Mountain House meals, we’ll note, are as backpacker-friendly as they come on every level—most definitely including the packability level. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. This is significantly lower than the commonly recommended 2 pounds per day. It was really tasty, but I made the big mistake of not reading the label and this particular meal had a lot of sucrose which doesn’t sit well with one of our family member’s tummies.