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Me and a friend plan to go backpacking for 4 or 5 days and we were talking about what i can eat that'll keep me full all day. I love veggies ,but they don't last to long in the stomach. I'm going to bring protein powder along of course for mornings maybe(maybe some breakfast suggestions would be nice, it'll probably end up being oatmeal with protein powder),but what can i make that'll satisfy everyone, won't be to hard to make, and i can carry. There's a limit as to what i can carry so most things i like to eat as an every day staple won't work to well in a 4 or 5 day hike. And things i want/like aren't what they like since they are omnivores. I can't carry my own different meal either, that would just add to the weight of the backpack and i really want to keep it as light as possible.<br><br><br><br>
So any suggestions? I REALLY don't want to end up eating meat at ALL and i hope there's someway to avoid it. It's a 2 to 1 or 3 to 1(depending on who is going or not) fight here.(also some good breakfast meal suggestions and snacking options besides nuts and fruit would be awsome!)<br><br><br><br>
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It's easier to simply make your own meals, that way no arguments and no feels leftout or forced to eat something they don't want.<br><br><br><br>
What I've done is pack individual meals in ziploc bags that I can simply add boiling water to, let sit, and eat. The very simplist meal is Ramen noodles placed in a ziploc bag, with a veggie stock cute, some TVP chunks and dried vegetables. Weighs nothing, is packed with protien and is prepared by opening the bag into a bowl or pan and adding boiling water and waiting for a few minutes. Couldn't be easier.<br><br><br><br>
There are many variations on this theme. The trick is TVP chunks, stock cube and dehydrated vegetables placed into a ziploc bag, enough for one meal for one person. Add different seasonings, or instant mashed potatoes, or cous cous or angel hair pasta and any other quick cooking item. Rice and pasta aren't really suited for this technique.<br><br><br><br>
TVP chunks can be found in healthfood stores and dehydrated vegetables can be found in supermarkets in the soup section.<br><br><br><br>
For snacks on the trail, just mix your favourite dried fruit and nuts into another large ziploc bag and you'll have energy for days of hiking.<br><br><br><br>
Breakfast oatmeal is a great idea. Easy to cook, light to carry and packed with carbs to burn off.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
trail mix of course.</div>
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Lol i dunno about you but i hate trail mix alot of time. I have braces so alot of the stuff mix in there is hard for me to chew, i guess. But i do like things like pumkin seeds/sunflower seeds and dried fruit. Nothing like walking all day just poping pumkin seeds/sunflower seeds in your mouth all day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thank you farafel! I'll definately look into all that! I guess if we get more than 3 people i'll jsut have to pack my own meal and let them carry their own meat-infested meals. Mmmmm vegetables with couscous.
 

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If your budget isn't super tight, a lot of camping stores carry dehydrated meals. At least where I go, about a third of the selection is veggie, most of that vegan. A lot of omnis would be pleased to eat stuff like the veggie chili.<br><br><br><br>
Some energy bars are great travel food. Clif bars, for example, can be squashed in a hot backpack for months and come out fine. (But Lunas melt.) It's a good breakfast option for late in the trip.
 

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Cous-cous is easy to prepare and light, try to get the flavored varieties for more variety. You can also get dried black bean soup mix that is easy to prepare and delicious. Freeze dried mashed potatoes are also good for back packing. Fantastic Foods used to make a vegetarian chili that my omni friends used to enjoy, it's best with canned beans and tomatoes, but it's reasonable without it. If you are looking for the pre-packaged freeze dried foods, I know I've seen some vegetarian varieties, but I didn't check to see if they were vegan.<br><br><br><br>
We have some Asian stores in the area that have vegetarian jerkey that I enjoy when I'm out hiking or climbing. You might be able to find some in your area or on the web.
 

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I take a lot of nuts with me, and dried fruits of which my favorite is dried papaya. It is a bit chewey, but doesn't give you that sugar rush. Potato chips or dried fries, bread and hummus, canned fruits and veggies, are some other ideas.
 

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Lol i dunno about you but i hate trail mix alot of time. I have braces so alot of the stuff mix in there is hard for me to chew, i guess. But i do like things like pumkin seeds/sunflower seeds and dried fruit. Nothing like walking all day just poping pumkin seeds/sunflower seeds in your mouth all day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:"><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Thank you farafel! I'll definately look into all that! I guess if we get more than 3 people i'll jsut have to pack my own meal and let them carry their own meat-infested meals. Mmmmm vegetables with couscous.</div>
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couscous is great because it's so quick. get some Vegan bullion for sodium and flavor.<br><br><br><br>
fruit leathers are a good idea and a caloric alternative to trail mix are vegan bars:<a href="http://www.organicfoodbar.com/usa/usa.html" target="_blank">http://www.organicfoodbar.com/usa/usa.html</a><br><br><br><br>
they are really yummy and calorically dense.
 

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Lol i dunno about you but i hate trail mix alot of time. I have braces so alot of the stuff mix in there is hard for me to chew, i guess.</div>
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Oh that's too bad. I love the stuff. I could live on those dried fruit and nut ones.
 

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I'm going to bring protein powder along of course for mornings maybe(maybe some breakfast suggestions would be nice, it'll probably end up being oatmeal with protein powder)</div>
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<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Oatmeal with protein powder is a great choice, as is everything else people have listed. Dehydrated foods are good, just remember you have to reconstitute them with water or broth (heavy!).<br><br><br><br>
Will you have any cooking equipment or a fire?
 

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Another idea is to get some dried soups and chilis in-a-cup, they're usually very easy to find even in the natural-foods sections of most major supermarket. Fantastic Foods makes really good ones. You won't want to cart around the cardboard cups, though, so you can dump the mixes into ziploc baggies and carry one reusable cup. This isn't my ideal option, because of the waste it causes, but it's good in a pinch. I also second the suggestion of getting veggie jerky. If you can carry around a little plastic container of peanut butter, it should keep through the entire trip and you can use it in lots of ways - dip for apple slices or veggies, a spoonful in your morning oatmeal for extra protein and fat (really important for endurance activities), heck you might even be able to pack a dried pad thai dish and add some pb to it.<br><br><br><br>
Another idea for you and your friends, is to make common dishes that are vegetarian, and they can bring dried meat chunks to add to it. You can add your own TVP if you like. So you both get what you want.<br><br><br><br>
REI has a good selection of pre-packaged dried meals, and the ones I've had have been tasty.
 

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Odwalla Bars!!!!!!!!<br><br><br><br>
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Odwalla is owned by Kellog.
 

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just make sure you have a source of water. Carrying dehydrated food is good but if you have no water-- you end up carrying the same amount of weight anyway.
 

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Ooops no, Odwalla is owned by one of those mega companies. i forget which one. it was a bad one though!<br><br><br><br>
this post is completely useless <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Dandelions.</div>
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Not sure if you're trying to be humorous, but somewhat of a good suggestion. You have to be sure you know for sure what a dandelion looks like so you don't pick milkweed, and you'd have to be crazy about dandelions to get full off of them.
 

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I guess the main question is whether you're carrying some sort of water filtration system/purification process? That way you could safely use available water from streams.<br><br><br><br>
I've never heard of carrying your own water when backpacking more than a day hike, do people really do that?<br><br><br><br>
I'm a backpacking weenie (I can't STAND a heavy pack!!)and I still carried all my own food whenever we packed because I was the only veggie. 5 days worth will be a fair amount but maybe you can share some beans/couscous with others?<br><br><br><br>
All the suggestions here are great. If you've not backpacked much, I would highly recommend visiting a backpacking/outdoor store (like REI or similar) and asking the staff there for overall suggestions on what to bring as well.<br><br><br><br>
All the great food in the world won't help you if you get sick from dehydration (VERY easy on the trail!).<br><br>
You want to be well nourished but hydrated as well.
 
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