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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby fishmonger » Mon Jun 15, 2009 9:38 pm

never counted calories for this year - looks like about half a million to me:

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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby BSquared » Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:27 am

fishmonger wrote:never counted calories for this year - looks like about half a million to me...


Nah, it's a well-known fact that no bear canister can possibly hold more than one thousand calories. That's why we're all so skinny after these trips. And so hungry!
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby rayfound » Tue Jun 16, 2009 10:46 am

Is there really a reson other than preference to have the Luna/cliff/larabar selection?

Are they cheaper than just buying snickers and Peanut M&Ms?

Hot Damn... I see some nutella there... there's some Calorie density for you...mmmm.... Nutella...
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby fishmonger » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:39 pm

rayfound wrote:Is there really a reson other than preference to have the Luna/cliff/larabar selection?

Are they cheaper than just buying snickers and Peanut M&Ms?

Hot Damn... I see some nutella there... there's some Calorie density for you...mmmm.... Nutella...


Snickers melts in your pack, less protein, kids don't like them. Kids don't like peanutbutter anything. There are more Clif bars coming in the mail - flavors they don't have locally. Also some Bear Valley bars, which are by far the most calorie-loaded and quite yummi.

basically, these bars are a daily treat for the kids, somethin to look forward to. Important for the morale. I'd be perfectly happy with a few cheap Quaker Oat bars or the coffee bars I picked up at the supermarket, but the little ones are spoiled since they found Clif bars in a hiker barrel last year :D

it all started with this one we picked up at Muir Trail Ranch:

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There's all kinds of goodies - about $50 worth of beef jerky, haribo gummi bears (Target sells the huge bags now), sharkies, protein drink mix, tacos, etc - gonna post the final packing list for each depot on our web site when I get this sorted
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby fishmonger » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:44 pm

bar comparison - print and compare to what you get from Quaker Oats and others at the local grocer

http://www.prolithic.com/hpages/efoods/barcomp.html
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby fishmonger » Tue Jun 16, 2009 12:56 pm

Nutella rocks - just look at her face when she spotted the Nutella in our bucket at Muir Trail Ranch last summer;

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she'll eat it with a spoon, nothing else needed. I'll bring a few crackers just for fiber supplement, but have no worries that these jars will all be licked clean before the next one gets picked up.

next to the nutella another calorie bomb: Laughing Cow brand cheese, shelf stable without refrigeration, 42% fat I think, tastes great. For saussage we're taking Chorizo - stable without refrigeration. Slim Jims, real beef jerky (local guy makes it, bone dry, not fluid-soaked like most national brands are to make them heavier), even a pack of Twinkies (never had them in my life before). Gatorade, Starbucks instant coffee, fancy hot chocolate mixes and cappucino, gatorade powder, etc - if it takes good, everyone is happy.
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby maverick » Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:35 pm

The Bear Valley Bars have the most calories, but are really dense, you better
drink whole lot of water with them.
I cannot eat the margarine since I refuse to eat anything with trans fats in it, some
peanut butters have it too!
Same goes for salami and sausage which are over processed, and some have a lot of
preservatives added to them.
EVO is my main calorie buster, and a healthier option.
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby BSquared » Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:35 pm

rayfound wrote:Is there really a reson other than preference to have the Luna/cliff/larabar selection?

Are they cheaper than just buying snickers and Peanut M&Ms?


They're a lot more expensive, but we at least fantasize that they have a better carb/protein/fat balance than the aforementioned. :paranoid:
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby Haiwee » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:55 pm

Have been refining this one for years; I think it's now close to perfection. Taste pretty good and loaded with nutrients: 648 calories per bar, 16 grams protein, 85 grams carbs, 34 grams fat, 7 grams fiber and just a bit over 8mg of sodium. I usually eat two per day, so that gets me 1300 calories right there -- and they cost about half as much to make as a Power Bar costs.

Home Made Power Bar (8 bars)
1/4 C. each of: sesame seeds, unsalted raw cashews, unsalted raw peanuts, pine nuts, unsalted almonds, flax seeds and raw unsalted sunflower seeds.
1/2 C. dates (try to find softer ones or risk the wrath of the wife when you destroy her food processor)
1 C. dried bananas
1 C. raisins
1/2 C. dried cranberries
1/2 C. soy protein mix
1 C. Henry’s seven-grain cereal, or one cup rolled oats
1/3 C. maltodextrin
1/2 C. honey
1/2 C. olive oil

Working in batches, grind all dry ingredients in food processor. Combine, then mix in honey and olive oil. Push into greased baking sheet until the mixture is about 1/2 inch thick and bake at 325 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges have browned. Cool completely before cutting into 8 bars.

You can of course substitute almost any dried fruit to taste, but the ratio of nuts to fruit is just about perfect to make bars that will hold together and not crumble apart. Make sure you grind the stuff well; larger chunks lead to crumbling. I add the maltodextrin and soy protein for an added boost of carbs and protein.
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby Sierra Maclure » Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:41 am

This looks really good. Thanks!
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby JWreno » Mon Feb 08, 2010 3:10 pm

The longest hike I did was 19 days on the JMT in 2008. I had a day off in Bishop
after 10 days and added a few meals at Reds Meadows and Toulumne. I had
no problem with the calorie shortage. We packed about 1.25 pounds of food
a day and our fat reserves made up the rest. I wasn't hungry since I grazed all
day. I think most hikers have periods of calorie shortages for several days made
up by calorie excesses whenever town/resort opportunities become available.
We used to carry 1.5 - 2.0 pounds per person and alway brought home a bunch
of extra dead weight in leftover food.
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Re: Consuming enough calories

Postby balzaccom » Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:50 pm

Hey haiwee

Just curious---you specify unsalted nuts in these bars. Have you tried using salted nuts, or adding a bit of salt? I'm asking because I am a fanatic cyclist, and I find that when I am working hard, I need water AND salt. I've come to appreciate some of the bars that have a bit more salt--and we love a few salted peanuts on the trail, for the same reason.

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