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 ...

Dried Fruits to take Hiking 7

Dried Fruits to take Hiking
Organic dried fruits are not only delicious to munch on while backpacking, but have many health benefits as well. For instance, the phenols in the skin of an apple provide UV-B protection against sun damage, and the potassium in a banana help maintain muscle function. Dry fruits contain multiple vitamins (A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, ...

Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan? 4

Backpacking Vegetarian or Vegan?
  Is it possible to maintain my vegetarian/vegan diet while backpacking? This question is a common one that we get from backpackers. Meat eaters claim a vegan (or vegetarian) won’t be able to finish their hike because they can’t possibly consume enough calories, protein, or fat, and will become weak and sickly. This is NOT ...

Camp Food Preparation Tips 2

Camp Food Preparation Tips
You are excited about your upcoming backpacking trip, but struggling with the food preparation. You would rather be planning the route instead of the food. Backpacking food calls for considerable preparation. A menu must be decided, the food purchased, ingredients dehydrated, quantities carefully measured, the meals rationed, sealed into plastic bags, and labeled with cooking ...

America – Corn Fed & Bred

America - Corn Fed & Bred
The American food system is simply supplying what the American consumer is demanding.  Blame the consumer, not the system.  If you don’t want it or like it, don’t buy it.  There are always alternatives – maybe not as cheap or convenient, but they are there… be aggravated enough to search. ~Safdy The Consequences of Fast ...

The Western Diet: Smart for Profit, Dumb for Health – Part 2

The Western Diet: Smart for Profit, Dumb for Health - Part 2
Capitalism wins more food opportunities. It is no surprise, that in a capitalistic society, our food system has devoted its energies to increasing production yields so it can sell food as cheaply as possible. Obviously, making profit is necessary to sustain a business, as is creating efficiencies to maximize profit. But, profit can be realized ...