I eat vegan and a large percentage raw food, so I'm trying to design a simple food system for backpacking without cooking. I am getting increasingly used to eating simple meals in my daily life, so I think such a system may work well for me. The main goals are high calorie and nutrient to weight ratio, simplicity, low cost, and ease of preperation ( I don't want to spend a month making a weeks worth of food ). I haven't put a ton of thought into this, but here are some of my ideas for what to eat.
Nuts and dehydrated fruit.
dehydrated green smoothies. I tried this once hoping to create a fruit and greens fruit leather, but it came out like a bitter cracker. That got me thinking that I could just process that up into a powder and either combine into a homemade bar, or consume the powder on the trail mixed with water. Although, chewy fruit leathers would be nice too. I think I just need to experiment more with the dehydrator.
date or fig nut bars. I make these every once in a while and they are very easy to make, and tasty. I could mix my green smoothie powder into them to make them more nutritious.
dehydrated flax or other crackers. Never actually made these, but they seem like they would add a little variety here.
dehydrated cooked beans and rice, maybe blended. I haven't tried this yet, but it seems like it should work. I know they sell tofu jerky, so I'm going for something like that here.
Oil. Certainly could save some weight by consuming a Tbsp of oil a day.
Powdered soy, hemp, or other milk. I think I have seen this before. Although, it may be expensive.
Does anyone have any thoughts or experience with a system similar to this? How about the amount of dehydrated food. I'm not exactly sure how much nutrients are lost during the dehydration process, and I thought I read somewhere that it lowers the calories. I wonder if I would be better off purchasing some kind of green powder that was freeze dried, but that may be expensive.