Sweating Ions

Sweating Ions
Do you ever notice your lips tasting like salt, or feel grainy salt crystals on your face after hiking in hot weather? Maybe your eyes burn as the sweat drips off your eyelids. Those are electrolytes – what is left when the water component of sweat evaporates. They need to be replenished by drink and diet. ...

How Food Provides Energy 1

How Food Provides Energy
Food is a mixture of nutrients that produce energy for the body, stimulate growth, and maintain life. The 6 classes of nutrients: Carbohydrates Protein Fats Vitamins Minerals Water Of these six nutrients, only the first 3 provide calories in the form of energy for the body: carbohydrates, protein and fat: 1 gram of carbohydrate = ...

Backpacking Superfoods: Chia Seed 1

Backpacking Superfoods: Chia Seed
Chia seeds are loaded with extensive value for the lightweight backpacker. They require little space, no cooking, are high in calories, omega-3, dietary fiber, phosphorous, and calcium.  Chia Seed Energy Content: 140 Calories per 1.0 oz (28.35 g) or 2 TB Preparation: You can eat chia seeds raw, or sprout them. To eat the seeds: ...

High Calorie Vegetarian Fats

Backpacking long distances in mountainous terrain can burn up to 5,000 calories per day. Because fat provides the highest source of calories by weight, hikers need to consume a greater amount of fat to account for lost calories. Besides providing energy, fats are vital for insulating your body, supporting immunity and brain health. They are also ...

Gluten-Free 2

Gluten-Free
A considerable amount of our work here at Outdoor Herbivore is staying up to date on the latest news around diet related disease and illnesses. These past few months there has been quite a bit of discussion about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. Gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye is in ...

What is so great about Quinoa? 1

What is so great about Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is the edible seed from the quinoa plant, a plant related to spinach and chard. Although technically a seed, it is normally classified as a grain since its appearance is similar to the grains we are familiar with. What is so special about Quinoa? Complete Protein – it contains all 9 essential amino ...