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Can your best food beat this?

Have a favorite trail recipe or technique you'd like to share? Please do! We also like reviews of various trail food products out there. The Backcountry Food Topix forum is the place to discuss all things related to food and nourishment while in the Sierra wilderness (as well as favorite trail head eateries).
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby AlmostThere » Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:50 pm

dave54 wrote:Ideally most of your calories should come from carbs, not fats or protein. But as noted above, it is impractical to carry enough high carb foods to meet the caloric targets. Since fat has 2x the calories per gram than carbs, that is what is easiest to carry.

Alas... so many of our daily good nutrition habits must be put aside when traveling the backcountry.


Been studying up on winter backcountry travel for search and rescue. Some of the literature is suggesting 25-30% of the diet should be fat while going skiing/shoeing/mountaineering in winter.



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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby oldranger » Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:04 pm

As I recall from reading about early Arctic and Antarctic explorers they used to eat butter straight to consume enough calories.

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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby vandman » Thu Feb 10, 2011 9:30 am

Trader Joe's Crunchy Salted Natural style peanut butter has 190 calories per serving(32 grams, which is is slightly more than an ounce). For me this is the perfect backpacking food--it's compact and comes in a plastic jar for easy, no mess access. I blend local honey into it before the trip, and in the backcountry I eat it for breakfast either by the spoonful, or on a Wasa cracker. It keeps me going until lunch time. I never leave civilization without it.
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby sirlight » Thu Feb 10, 2011 11:50 am

vandman wrote:I blend local honey into it before the trip
I did the "mix the PB with the honey" method once. I just assumed it would work. Lesson learned for me to never bring something untested on a long hike. It turned into a "crystallized" very thick paste. It was almost unpalatable. I could barely convince myself to eat it. If I remember correctly the PB might have been Skippy, not the natural style stuff.

Does the natural PB & honey mix suffer from this same problem?
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby vandman » Thu Feb 10, 2011 2:33 pm

I didn't have that problem at all. The natural style pb has peanuts and salt, no strange additives. I blended 3/4 pb with 1/4 local honey, and hiked with it for 14 days. Of course it was gone on day 14 so I licked the jar clean.
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby sirlight » Thu Feb 10, 2011 3:01 pm

Good tip, and thanks for the "recipe". I'll have to give this a shot next time I go hiking. I actually prefer the natural PB anyway. The main reason I brought Skippy was concerns over it separating. Better off without all the transfat and additives anyway!

I have always loved PB&J. I ate it every day for lunch all through grade school. I have thought it would make a great trail lunch too, but did not want to mess with the jelly on the trail. Plain PB is just not sweet enough for my tastes.

I recently found some Justin's brand in PB & honey flavor and also hazelnut cocoa. These are the ones in packets. A little pricey, but they sound tasty. Can't wait to give 'em a try!
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby Hetchy » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:06 pm

Fritos corn chips -160 calories per ounce ingedients: Corn, Oil, Salt
To save volume I smash my Fritos into a powder and eat them with a spoon.
Nutella Hazelnut spread- 153 caloreis per ounce 18g carbohydrate, 8grams fat
Fried shoestring potatoes (dried from a can) -150 calories per ounce
Snickers Bar -133 calories per ounce
My all time favorite snack on the trail is a Snickers bar dipped in Nutella Hazelnut spread or the blessed Peanutbutter or both!.. OMG! (Much salivating! :drinkers: )
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby BSquared » Thu Feb 10, 2011 6:54 pm

Wow, Hetchy, that's remarkable glacial polish on the granite that your plate is sitting on!
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby Cross Country » Sat Feb 12, 2011 8:23 pm

I personally like to eat simply. It gives me more time to fish (or do other thing I like), and keeps me at a good body weight too.
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby Flux » Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:00 pm

French's French Fried Onions 180 Cal/Oz

Not the best snack, but could be added to things for a calorie wallop.
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby Cross Country » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:46 pm

Trout aren't that low in calories. Almost any food high in protein are at least fairly high in calories. I don't know about you but I nearly always ate lots of fish, making it high in calories. On my last day of fishing I would cook (smoke) enough fish (filleted) for the next nights camp on my (our) way out.
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Re: Can your best food beat this?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Mar 02, 2011 2:00 pm

Try 10 days straight on nothing BUT fish (no extra oil allowed for cooking). You may then change your mind that trout are high on calories. Once I did a 50-mile, 4-day survival walk-out living only on fish, and I was hungry! When you actually have to make miles in addition to fishing it gets harder to live on fish. And, given my fishing skills, trout will never be "high calorie" for me! I have never heard of anyone getting fat on trout. But there is nothing better than fresh trout while backpacking. Interestingly, after four days on nothing but trout, in spite of being hungry, I had little appatite for more fish.
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