Expiration Date of Condiment Packets 33

Expiration Date of Condiment Packets
Do you stow extra condiment packets from fast food restaurants?  In particular, we keep a sandwich bag stocked in our cupboard of Taco Bell Fire Sauce. These packets are useful to take backpacking or to spread on your home-made burrito when you run out of refrigerated salsa. I’ve seen other people stashing a little bit of everything ...

Backpacking Superfoods: Chia Seed 3

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 ...

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy 3

Thru Hiker’s Eating Strategy
Strategy: No Weight Loss Backpacking consumes a high amount of calories. In general, you will need to consume 2,000 calories for easier hiking and 4,500+ calories for difficult terrain or cold weather to avoid weight loss. Most backpackers are not climbing up mountains all day, but rather gradually ascending and descending. Therefore, let’s assume that ...

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 ...

Cold Cereal for Lunch: Backpacker style

Cold Cereal for Lunch: Backpacker style
Why not? Forget the rules while you are backpacking in the presence of the open sky. Muesli or granola cereal is fast to prepare, loaded in calories, and tastes great. Hikers are fond of instant meals, energy bars, and candy bars for their convenience factor.  However, we are unimpressed with the ingredients found in most ...