Turmeric + Ginger + Cranberry: A Powerful Fusion

Turmeric + Ginger + Cranberry: A Powerful Fusion
Food calories equate to more than energy, some contain powerful healing properties. Here we highlight three such foods: 1. Turmeric Turmeric contains curcumin, which is notable for its ability to reduce joint and muscle pain. It works much the same as an over the counter anti-inflammatory drug such as ibuprofen. Turmeric also shows positive results ...

Turkey Talk and Thanking a Vegetarian this Thanksgiving

Turkey Talk and Thanking a Vegetarian this Thanksgiving
When Wild Turkey numbers dwindled in the twentieth century from hunting and habitat loss, various states, such as California, adopted programs to reintroduce them. These programs have saved them from extinction. Today, wild turkey populations have recovered throughout the United States. Here in Northern California, wild turkeys are a daily occurrence. You’ll find them roaming ...

Why Ginger is an Important Spice for Wilderness Travel

Why Ginger is an Important Spice for Wilderness Travel
Ginger is a pungent rhizome (underground part of the stem) of the tropical herbaceous plant Zingiber officinale botanically related to turmeric. Like turmeric, ginger contains many active beneficial constituents. While ginger is most known for soothing an upset stomach, it is also a mild stimulant that promotes circulation and reduces pain. Ginger also contains blood-thinning actions, which ...

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking 1

Eliminate Leg Cramps while Hiking
Backpacking involves a long and steady aerobic workout with fitness benefits that rival other more intense, higher impact activities. Although backpacking is a non-competitive recreational activity with a low chance of burn-out, the constant climbing and descending can lead to cramping and injury. Besides overuse of the muscles, leg cramping is exacerbated by inadequate eccentric ...

Tips for Purchasing Backpacking Meals made with Real Food 4

Tips for Purchasing Backpacking Meals made with Real Food
If you care about the foods you eat at home, chances are you also care about your trail food. And if your standard daily fare is made from fresh whole food ingredients, why wouldn’t you expect the same level of quality in your trail food? Obviously, most fresh foods don’t pack well; they may get crushed in your backpack ...

Backpacking with Peanut Butter 1

Backpacking with Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter is a staple food on the trail. The creamy consistency makes it easy to smear on crackers and bagels. It is loaded with healthy monounsaturated fat and offers a good amount of protein, making it especially attractive to vegetarians. And peanuts, like all plant foods, contain no cholesterol. Here we’ll explore the different types ...