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Simple Tasty Hiking Food Ideas

Here are some quick and easy ways to enjoy tasty meals whilst hiking:

Spicing up breakfast:
My staple breakfast is oats, raw cooked and any way in between, but I like variety so here's how I spice it up.

  • Dried fruit such as apricots, cranberries, or raisins added to raw oats add a delicious sweet flavor.
  • Cinnamon. Excellent as an antioxidant, cinnamon is also delicious in just about any breakfast cereal. Add it to raw or cooked oats with a dash of lemon juice and sugar and breakfast tastes just like grandma's pancakes.
  • Honey. It's a little heavier to carry, but a just a small portion is delicious in tea, added to cereal oats or muesli for breakfast.
  • Lunch time snacks:

    As a diversion from tuna and dry biscuits, I like to throw some fresh ingredients into the mix. Here are a few options that are both tasty and travel well.

  • Mini rosa tomatoes. They do not need to be refrigerated, and can be added to biscuits, tuna or nibbled on their own. They provide a great source of vitamin c and are a nice juicy treat.
  • Mini cucumbers. They too do not need to be refrigerated, don't get easily squashed, and are a great addition to sandwiches or as a side salad.
  • Seed mix. A filling and tasty snack is a combination of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and raisins. A healthier alternative to peanuts as it provides you with an excellent source of omega oils.
  • Dinner diversions:

    After day three, two minute noodles can be a bit bland. Here are a few of my secrets for making dinner a little more tasty and convenient:

  • Rice noodles. They cook in 2 minutes by just adding boiling water and letting them soak. So you save on fuel and do not need to watch a boiling pot.
  • Sun dried tomatoes. A delicious addition to add flavor to any meal. Slice them up and let them hydrate in some boiling water for a few minutes. Or simply add them to your pasta or rice and let it cook.
  • Curry powder. Add it to two minute noodles, rice noodles or rice together with some rehydrated vegetables. It makes a delicious vegetarian curry that is filling and tasty.
  • Herb mix. My favorite herb mix that I have had is one of rosemary, roasted garlic and sea salt. Add that to just about any meal and it make it more palatable.
  • Dried chili. Just a small sprinkling of chili flakes brings out the flavor in meals much like salt. Combine it with your herb mix or the sun dried tomatoes and you have a winner.
  • Dehydrated sweet potato. A delicious diversion from smash, much tastier in my opinion. Simply let it hydrate in boiling water for a few minutes and then cook up as part of your meal.
  • Sweet treats:

    To avoid melted chocolate and gooey jelly babies here are some alternate ideas:

  • Chocolate eclair sweets or toffees. Small individually wrapped toffees with a chocolate centre. Yummy as a treat on the trail or as dessert in the evenings.
  • Jelly beans. I'm personally not a fan of them but if you like them, use them. Same flavor just less sticky and squishy. You could add them to a seed mix, it may change the healthy aspect of it but who's checking anyway.
  • Hot chocolate. I mix a few spoons of milk powder to the chocolate before adding boiling water to make it nice and creamy. Delicious after dinner.
  • How about you? What are some treats, tricks and tips that you use out on the trail?

    Adam | Sep 23, 2009 | Category: Travel Tips

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