backpacker breakfast

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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by fishmonger » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:06 pm

My first breakfast on the trail consists of concentrated carbs in a format I like to eat. When possible, I just vacuum seal my favorite cookies and bring a batch, or for resupply later in a long hike, I use factory sealed food like Belvita biscuits

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add plenty of coffee, creamer, vitamins and a vanilla protein shake before heading out and I am all set for 2 hours (that 4 hours thing on the box cannot be trusted ;-))








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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by bobby49 » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:31 pm

Peanut powder was mentioned just a few days ago. I located some in a store.

So, tell me again. I guess this is a powder to be added to a hot breakfast or cold milk. I guess it is supposed to have the protein of peanut butter, but without the fat. Some people would argue that they want the fat calories, but not everybody feels that way.

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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by gary c. » Thu Mar 01, 2018 2:59 am

bobby49 wrote:Peanut powder was mentioned just a few days ago. I located some in a store.

So, tell me again. I guess this is a powder to be added to a hot breakfast or cold milk. I guess it is supposed to have the protein of peanut butter, but without the fat. Some people would argue that they want the fat calories, but not everybody feels that way.
I mostly just add it to my instant oatmeal but I have a friend that puts it in all kinds stuff. I would prefer to have the extra calories from the oil but I don't like to carry a 1.5oz package per day just for my oatmeal. I can carry one 2oz Ziploc of the powdered variety that will last most of the week.
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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by RSC » Thu Mar 01, 2018 7:56 am

This doesn't address the original question, but my wife and I go no-cook, and for breakfast we have oatmeal with added dried fruit and nuts (Bircher muesli I guess). We add water and leave it to soak overnight in a covered bowl in the bear canister. Then in the morning we have it with powdered whole milk (Peak).

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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by vandman » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:20 pm

3 cups of strong coffee mixed with hot chocolate, and premixed honey and natural peanut butter generously smeared on a couple of Wasa multigrain crackers. This keeps me going until lunch.
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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by fish4gold » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:34 pm

Like WD my blood sugar crashes too easy, and if I try constantly feeding it I just jet jittery. I have to eat something. So here is what has worked for me (Dairy gets my gut too).
2/3 cup instant oatmeal
1/3 cup Quina flakes
1 scoup collagen protein
some freeze-dried fruit
some nuts
package the above in a quart freezer bag and add 2 cups boiling water and stir well. sit 10 min (doesn't require a cozy)
If your fruit is apples, than cinnamon goes nicely too. This is not fast though, and might be too heavy on some stomachs. It has taken me a few years to arrive at this point but serves me will. maybe it will help somebody?

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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by Flamingo » Thu Feb 07, 2019 5:17 pm

I'm with @Wandering_Daisy and @fish4gold on this subject. My favorite breakfast is a hot pot of complex carbs, like oatmeal. I add variety with raisins, prunes, or some other fruit. Some days I'm too cold or too lazy to cook immediately in the morning; in these situations, I eat a handful of almonds and fruit, and get straight to hiking. Maybe an hour down the trail, I look for a scenic spot in the sunshine, and then I'll unpack my stove and cook a proper breakfast.

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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by Tom_H » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:16 pm

This, already transferred to a bag from the produce dept. of the grocery (I used to buy a roll of 1000 for $10). Toss in some real dried bacon bits, small cubes of cheese, butter, pepper, touch of powdered milk. Pour in bowl, rehydrate with hot water, and slide bowl into cozy (insulated zipping lunch bag for kids). Set aside to rehydrate. The complex carbs/starch takes longer to break down and provides a more steady flow of glucose. This one requires no pot or pan for cooking.
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Another long and slow sustaining glucose provider is potato pancakes made from instant potatoes, baking powder, powdered milk, powdered egg, dehydrated onion, dehydrated garlic, pepper, small cheese cubes, rehydrated ham cubes, butter. Mix ingredients with hot water to correct consistency; form into patties; fry in butter. This takes longer, more work, more cleanup.
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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by oldranger » Thu Feb 07, 2019 11:40 pm

I usually pre load something like 5 packets of plain instant oatmeal (no sugar) with 5 packets of strawberry instant oatmeal, the add a cup of smashed freezer dried raspberries (whole ones have too much volume), add a little Nida, and finally a cup of almond pieces. This comes up to about 2/3 c per meal and is stored in bulk in ziplock type plastic bag then poured into my small 1 cup cup before adding boiling water. Into my large cup I add 3 heaping teaspoons of premixed via and coco mix before adding about 10 oz of boiling water. A lot of times on travel days I will eat a commercially made granola premixed with Nida before adding cold water. Occasionally on layover days will make a freeze dried omelet with cheese and precooked bacon. In my old age early starts just don't do it for me anymore and I seldom hike more than 6 miles a day unless it is almost all downhill so no cook breakfasts are not a priority especially since I need my morning mocha kickstart.
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Re: backpacker breakfast

Post by bobby49 » Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:03 am

Damn it, you are making me hungry.

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