This article will highlight, in part, how I simplify the shopping, packaging, and preparation of expedition foods by heavily relying upon single serving sized packages - especially for snacks that I eat throughout the day while on the trail (as opposed to in camp). Take note, however: I will not be discussing pre-packaged freeze dried meals. My preference is for foods that have a higher nutritional quality, a higher caloric density, and/or a lower cost than what is available in the food aisle at a local outfitter.
What I’m offering are my personal favorites in a few different categories. They are summarized in the following table.
|Category||Food||Package Size||Calories||Caloric Density||Fat||Carb||Protein|
|High Caloric Density||Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts||43 g||210||138 Cal/oz||14 g||18 g||6 g|
|Morale||Annie’s Bunny Snacks||23 g||70||86 Cal/oz||0 g||18 g||0 g|
|High Protein||SeaBear Wild Salmon||100 g||130||37 Cal/oz||2.5 g||0 g||26 g|
|High Caloric Density||Walker’s Shortbread Fingers||32 g||159||141 Cal/oz||7.9 g||20.6 g||1.6 g|
|High Caloric Density||Justin’s Almond Butter||32 g||200||177 Cal/oz||18 g||6 g||7 g|
|Fiber/Low-Sugar Carb||Terra Sweet Potato Chips||34 g||170||142 Cal/oz||11 g||22 g||1.4 g|
|Morale||Panda Black Licorice||32 g||100||89 Cal/oz||0 g||25 g||1 g|
Perhaps some of these ingredients will find their way into your backcountry diet, or spark some interest in related foods.
#7. Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts
I first discovered these at a Starbucks shop in Butte, Montana. I’m a fan of sweetened nuts and fruit/nut mixes more than just plain old nuts. Plain nuts (even salted and roasted) get old really fast on even short duration trips. I’ve probably returned from more trips with more weight of uneaten plain nuts than any other food.
Sahale Snacks Glazed Nuts.
#6. Annie’s Bunny Snacks
The kids know what’s up with these. I like to trick myself into thinking they are healthy since they are organic, made with real fruit juice, etc. Some days, I may even believe that they’re fruit. I used to eat fruit snacks purchased in bulk from the likes of Costco (e.g., Kellogg’s), but I’ve been trying to avoid foods where the first ingredient is corn syrup.
Annie’s Bunny Snacks
#5. SeaBear Wild Salmon
Single serving foil packets containing pre-cooked ground beef, chicken, tuna, and salmon are now common items found on the aisles of most grocery stores but many of them have strange additives and thus, taste a bit like, well, something else than what’s advertised. Such is the nature of most processed foods, I suppose. But the SeaBear Wild Salmon packets really are something special. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, the son of a salmon fisherman, so I’m a little picky about my ocean fishes. SeaBear does not disappoint, and the only two ingredients are salmon and sea salt. I spread this on fried bagels for breakfasts, seed crackers for lunches, or fold it into noodle dishes or chowder for dinner.
SeaBear Wild Salmon
#4. Walker’s Shortbread Fingers
I’ve been eating this glorious butter stick-disguised-as-a-cookie for as long as I can remember, and I’ve never grown tired of it. This is another really simple food - four ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, and salt. My favorite lunch snack includes two fingers slathered in almond butter - a 350+ Calorie snack that you can continue licking from your gums for miles!
Walker’s Shortbread Fingers
#3. Justin’s Almond Butter
Another tasty food, considering that it contains only two ingredients: almonds and palm oil. An outrageously high caloric density (177 Cal/oz) and convenient single-serving squeeze packet make this a food that I buy by the case - often.
Justin’s Almond Butter
#2. Terra Sweet Potato Chips
I’ll admit it. I love chips. I used to pack snack bags of Fritos, Cheetos, and Doritos on most of my trips, crushing them into little bits so they wouldn’t take up space in my pack. Then, when it came time to eat them, I’d tear off a corner and pour them into my mouth. More recently, as I’ve tried to incorporate more nutritious options into my backcountry trips, I discovered other types of chips that have higher levels of fiber and non-sugar carbohydrates, with Terra Sweet Potato Chips being my favorite.
Terra Sweet Potato Chips
#1. Panda Black Licorice
For a candy, this one is very simply made: it contains only molasses, flour, licorice, and aniseed oil. I consider myself somewhat of a licorice connoisseur, which means that if it isn’t fresh, heavily salted, and delightfully chewy, then it isn’t licorice. Panda Black comes close. It’s my favorite food for the three o’clock blues when I’m tired from a long day with several miles still to go. There’s something to be said for morale food.
Panda Black Licorice
Help others by making the forum attached to this article a repository for packaged snack ideas. What are your favorites?