by Diane Spicer
Why make planning the best backpacking meals hard, when it can be as easy as learning your backpacking food ABCs?
Yup, plan your hiking menus with the alphabet in mind.
Enter a fun little method that brings us back to kindergarten.
Backpackers all agree that taste and speedy preparation are important in the best backpacking food.
But what about the best hiking nutrition tips, to keep your stamina high and your muscle recovery time low, arranged according to the alphabet?
And who wants to be bored eating the same old thing day after day?
There are plenty of A-B-C ways to spice things up.
These backpacking food ABCs might show you something you've never heard of for hiking menus, or hadn't thought to include on your backpacking food list.
I certainly hope so!
Because bored or jaded taste buds are a bummer.
And if you're the one planning the backpacking menu, your disgruntled trail buddies will give you an earful!
So roll through and snag your favorite backpacking food ABCs.
Chewy apricots, satisfying amaranth, unusual allspice, and a hit of aminos - wow, that's gonna be a great way to enjoy backpacking nutrition on the trail!
Dried grains and beans are staples in a backpacking menu, but there's no need to make them boring.
And the addition of bran to your grains and beans will not only bulk them up in your stomach and make you feel more full, but will soften your stool.
Mushrooms, dried fruit, couscous and so many spices to bring along on your next hike!
So many ways to please your taste buds!
And every suggestion is lightweight, easy to use, and highly customizable.
My favorite suggestion:
Never tried dulse?
Then you might also need these sea vegetable snack ideas.
(you can call dulse a seaweed, but that's not very polite, now is it?)
I learned to backpack in the dark ages (nearly 50 years ago), when dehydrated eggs were a necessity but certainly not a treat.
Things have changed, so give them another look.
Try something completely different: forage your F's.
But at least pack something a little different for your hiking food: farro, figs and flaxseed.
G is for great! That's how you're going to feel when you take the time to mix up a personalized batch of granola before you hit the trail.
And if you have trouble digesting beans, the fresh ginger will give you a digestive advantage as you sip your antioxidant rich green tea!
Yes, let's give a cheer for the sweetness of honey, an ancient source of nutrients and simple carbs to keep you going on the trail.
Add it to your hibiscus tea evening ritual, or switch to horseradish on your rice to wake up your taste buds!
Backpacking gives you permission to just enjoy yourself in terms of your taste buds.
And it wouldn't be backpacking without jerky, now would it?
You might find a new favorite to go along with your evening bowl of filling, delicious Jasmine rice.
If you've never considered bringing any of these foods along on a backpacking trip, it's time to reconsider.
Pair kidney beans with dried kelp called kombu and you'll have an easier time absorbing the nutrients.
Make kale chips and kasha at home in your oven and look forward to their nutrient packed flavor on those days when your taste buds are demanding something just a little different.
So are we having too much fun yet?
Hiking For Her has lots more backpacking food ABCs to share with you, so bookmark this page and refer back to the ever evolving cornucopia of trail food tips.
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About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She’s been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for nearly five decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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