Here are some quick and easy ways to enjoy tasty meals whilst hiking:
Spicing up breakfast:
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.
My staple breakfast is oats, raw cooked and any way in between, but I like variety so here's how I spice it up.
Lunch time snacks:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
To avoid melted chocolate and gooey jelly babies here are some alternate ideas:
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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