Will be backpacking through the Sierra Range, 15 miles a day for 7 days. I'm backpacking light so very focused on calories/oz and on how to stay paleo while needing 3,000+ calories a day.
Curious to hear your feedback ;)
BREAKFAST Pemmican Granola
SNACK Buffalo Jerky Dried berries
LUNCH Chick pea powder turned into hummus Summer sausage
SNACK Salmon Jerky Dried berries
DINNER Pouch of tuna fish olive oil Freeze dried veggies Manna Bread
DESERT Coconut powdered milk with cacao Raw chocolate bar Soaked nuts in coconut oil
MISC Nori wraps Raw Honey (also for cuts) Tea bags Spices
I get it. You need what many of us are trying to limit - uber calorie dense foods, (light weight high energy).
I think full on dried fruit (like more than you're allowing) is in order for this amount of activity. Check out this site - nice ideas on dehydrator recipes.
Also, try these gummy chews maybe.
I wonder if you could dehydrate mashed sweet potato, blend into a powder and reconstitute on the trail?
I've done some summer backpacking B.C. (before children) and generally had a hard time keeping hydrated. Try to pack a mix of salt and Morton's potassium salt substitute (probably equal parts) and keep putting a pinch in your hydration pack :) Have fun!
P.S. You may get some kick back here about the chick peas and nuts - legumes are a Paleo no no.
I'm an adventure/outdoor instructor, currently working as an expedition sea kayaking guide. I paddle for 5 days at a time and live out of my kayak in the back country. My food supply reaches 105 degrees sitting in my boat, so obviously it has to be heat resistant! Lucky for me, weight doesn't matter as much as it does for you, but the heat more than makes up for it because nothing (not even apples) last.
I eat caveman crunch for breakfast. When I make it I substitute 1/2 the coconut oil for butter (because I love the taste), use pecans instead of sunflower seeds (they can speed up dehydration) and added in dried date pieces. YUM! Just put it in zip lock bags and add powdered coconut milk to it after you make it. Just add water for a yummy breakfast!
You need this one ounce spice kit to live!! It's nearly free, you just need an M&Ms minis canister, some drinking straws, a lighter and spices. I made one with a longer, jumbo size tube from M&M minis so I don't have to refill it all the time. I put 5 different kinds of spices in mine which helps make my food taste better and enables me to make anything I happen to catch (fish, scallops, crab) more tasty. I think it cost like $1.50 to make, because I stole straws from Starbucks.
Meat pouches (does that sound dirty to anyone but me?) are your friends. You can get tuna, salmon and chicken in pouch form. Take your own seasonings and eat for lunch. If you want to increase your fat intake and you aren't going someplace really warm, you can take avocados to mix in as a dressing of sorts. Avocados don't survive where I paddle, so I take mayonnaise packets instead.
I have been collecting links full of similar ideas. My long range plans include a 21 day John Muir Trail trip... and sometime after the children leave the house a much longer PCT trip.
I take eggs. Seems like a crazy thing, but they are perfect, esp. when you are on dried food, that REAL food taste is so good for the morale......and also for the calories they give it is worth taking them. I take 12 for a 6 day trip, packed in those plastic egg carriers and stuffed right inside soft things like clothes.... I have a fried/scrambled egg for breakfast (I assume you are taking cooking implements?) and then boil one to eat for the rest of the day. They keep perfectly in a cool place for a week.
Failing that, take saucisson sec (dried sausage) one lasts me for two days and I eat practically nothing else. I gives you ample fat which is hard to get with all that dried food people normally rely upon. I have found that coconut is great though for the fat it provides.
I've finished the 7 day backpacking trip and all I can say is that I could not have planned my meals any worse.
So imagine hiking off trail for 10 hours a day with significant climbs and descents. I was extremely tired, sore almost everywhere and when I turned to my food for pleasure had almost zero interest in intuitively eating any red meat products, pemmican, jerky etc. All my body wanted was sugar, carbs, soft and warm food which I had almost none.
Drinking olive oil and gnawing on hard cold beef is not fun when every muscle even my jaw was tired. I left almost zero variety in my 7 day plan leaving me hating my food and lost my appetite significantly having to force feed myself.
Someone on the trip mentioned that a book named the Paleo Athlete approves of large amounts of carbs while exercising. This would have worked for me even though I have not had sugar cravings for the last 2 months.
This is how I would do it next time:
Breakfast - Chia porridge, oatmeal, powdered eggs, dried fruit
Snack - Variety of jerky laced in sugar, Cliff bars, Sugary nut bars, dried mangos etc. Peanut butter packets (fun stuff to eat on the go)
Lunch - Tuna fish packets wrapped in Nori like sushi, I can eat sushi everyday so simulating it is great
Snack - See above
Dinner - Hot organic freeze dried meal, Soups, Cheese, Potatoes, Rice & Beans
Desert - Different chocolate bars each night, healthy version of snickers etc.
WHAT WORKED - Powered coconut water (ok taste, variety, nutrients) - Fishing, fish packets (finding fish packets with skin for fat would be better) - Trader Joes dehydrated berries - Soups, warm food, soft smooshy - Manna bread (lasted a while in the cool weather) - Fermented food like kimchi (fun change in flavors, spicy etc.) - Any fun bars like snickers, cliff (body wants sugar asap)
DIDN't WORK - Drinking/Eating olive oil or coconut oil (gross and un-fulfilling) - Eating the same thing everyday - Eating a lot of preserved red meat - If pemmican tastes ok at home it will taste bad after a long hard days work
I am an Adventure Racer (usually 30hr) and have found that real food (such as an apple or steak) goes a LONG way towards my moral. Some of the high cal foods are hard to swallow unless you train for it.
probably not helpful for a 7day trip when you have so much more to carry... but I would try!
I think your supplies look great, especially the Pemmican. If you make your own Pemmican it will be the most useful. I know this isn't a direct answer to your question, but have you thought about supplementing your feedback with wild edibles?
Check out this site for some good info: Edible Plants of Sierra Nevada
Just learn a few berries, roots and for god sake be careful you don't poison yourself.
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