I'm a vegan who eats eggs, some meat and has a few other restrictions.
Sweeteners are the biggest problem. I choose not to eat most sweeteners:
- Sugar [of any kind, including evaporated cane juice (hey, what is
sugar if it's not evaporated cane juice?)]
- Corn Syrup
Here's a little strategy about how I'll be eating on the trail. I'm working
to have great food on the trail.
First Breakfast (6AM): Odwalla Bar
Second Breakfast (9AM) Hot or cold cereal with soy milk powder, nuts,
Lunch/Snack (10-3): Nuts and dried fruit (1/2 lb a day???), salmon jerky,
dried tofu, crackers, humus, rye bread, more Odwalla (and other) bars,
miso soup, seaweed.
Early Dinner (5PM): Hot-polenta-like stuff, lentil pasta, rice &
tuna, dried chicken, other un-identified food. Everything has oil added.
Late Dinner (8PM): Miso soup, high-protein snacks.
Here's a recap, more than a year after I finished.
- I needed more food first thing in the morning, so mostly ate my cold
cereal, right out the Ziploc while still in my bag. Hot cereal felt
like too much of a hassle, including getting out of my bag. I'm still
searching for the perfect breakfast while hiking.
- Maybe once or twice did I have miso. The romantic idea of sipping
miso as my dinner cooked was exploded by my hunger. Why heat up water
to then only have miso? My boiling water went to making as much food
as I could ingest. After real food, miso seemed irrelevant. Still, I
carried a little miso the whole way...
- My lunch and snacks worked out well, although I had too much dried
fruit (too sweet). I love almond butter. I added fresh fruit, including
avocados, to my daytime snacks. Avocados rock on the trail. There's
nothing like an orange more than one day out of town.
- My homemade dried tofu had no appeal. In to the hiker box it went.
- My favorite dinner was a version of kitchree: rice, split peas, egg
and curry. I'd vary it with shredded coconut, raisins, tuna, and almond
butter, sometimes adding all four. And of course olive oil.
- I really ate a lot in town. Yogi taught me the art of timing my hiking
so that I could get to town to maximize intake. For example, speeding
up to get into town by 4PM. Then I could have a dinner right away, and
a dinner a few hours later.
- I ate more beef on my thru-hike than I have in the last 20 years.
Sometimes beef is the simplest thing on the menu. A steak is a steak,
but chicken or fish usually had sauces with questionable ingredients.
- Potato chips, even if crushed from being in your pack, taste great:
fat, salt and crunch.
- When my box did not arrive in Big Bear, I went shopping. The store
only had huge onions. I discovered how great shallots are for backpacking.
Yum. I sent a message to my resupplier (Dad), and soon all my boxes
- Organic Vegan
Food bars are great! One 2.4 oz bar: 300 calories, 12 grams fat,
14 grams protein and good raw ingredients. Yogi never tried one, but
I'm sure she'd hate it.
- I really think it helped to eat protein just before going to bed.
The idea is that your body uses it during the night to repair muscle.