Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch
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BRIAN BOLIN
(OBOZ) - F

Locale: OVER YONDER'
Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/04/2010 19:17:21 MST Print View

HELP! OK I have searched. But I would like to know, what are your favorite LIGHT WEIGHT snacks or lunches midday on the trail?
I personally like:

Slim Jim and Cheese stick 1.5oz
Banana Chips and freeze dried strawberries
Peanut M&Ms
Jelly Belly Sport Beans w & w/o caffeine

I need help with new ideas on what to carry to just get me by until I hit camp and have dinner. What do you carry?
Any replies appreciated.
Also I am sooooo tired of eating GORP! :D

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/04/2010 19:21:50 MST Print View

Usually we take a variety of the following:

organic cookies (oreo type usually)
my gorp blend (almonds, peanuts, choc chips, craisins, dates)
100% vit c fruit snacks
dried fruit
jerky
peanut butter filled pretzels
whole grain crackers
kettle chips (bbq flavor)

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Salty junk works for me on 03/04/2010 19:39:11 MST Print View

Not really lunch but I usually snack on bags of fritos, pringles or other chips. I put them in bags of 200-300 calories and slightly crush them to increase the density. Works for me.

Others... pepperoni, club crackers and cheese.

Common theme, all calorie dense but yummy!

Jennifer W
(tothetrail) - MLife

Locale: So. Cal.
Snacks on 03/04/2010 19:40:52 MST Print View

My favorites are:

Dark Chocolate Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
Freeze Dried Apple pouches from Costco
Almond M&M's
Abba Zaba
Big Hunk
Pistachios
Cocoa Roast Almonds
Honey Glazed Macadamia Nuts

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Snacks on 03/04/2010 19:54:24 MST Print View

+1 on Abba Zaba and Big Hunk. My guy at 7-11 makes sure they never run out, because I stop by several times a week.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Snacks-What's Abba Zaba & Big Hunk on 03/04/2010 19:57:39 MST Print View

What are they? (I know, I'm a philistine)

Thanks.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/04/2010 19:59:23 MST Print View

My homemade choco-almond butter protein balls
jerky when my pusher is making it
and i actually like mini-Clif bars

BRIAN BOLIN
(OBOZ) - F

Locale: OVER YONDER'
Great input! on 03/04/2010 20:07:14 MST Print View

Googling Abba Zaba , never heard of it

And now I know...and now I'm hungry! LOLabba-zaba

"Not really lunch but I usually snack on bags of fritos, pringles or other chips. I put them in bags of 200-300 calories and slightly crush them to increase the density"

Not a bad idea Greg, like a chip crunch mix.

Edited by OBOZ on 03/04/2010 20:12:02 MST.

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch" on 03/04/2010 20:09:04 MST Print View

Abba Dabba and Big Hunk - Old School!

Jennifer W
(tothetrail) - MLife

Locale: So. Cal.
Abba Zaba and Big Hunk on 03/04/2010 20:12:32 MST Print View

Abba Zaba is a a really chewy taffy with peanut butter in the center.

Big Hunk is more of a honey tasting nougat filled with peanuts.

They are both really chewy and take some time to eat. They both do well in all types of temperatures. If they get soft, it's fine, and if they freeze, they easily break up into pieces.

Smart & Final sells the mini bars (including the "Look" bar--a Big Hunk covered in dark chocolate, also really good, but a bit messy if it gets warm) in a huge bag.

BRIAN BOLIN
(OBOZ) - F

Locale: OVER YONDER'
website on 03/04/2010 20:21:48 MST Print View

They make a lot of yummy bars

http://www.annabelle-candy.com/abba-zabba/

Steven Paris
(saparisor) - M

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/04/2010 20:49:48 MST Print View

If you are lucky enough to have a Trader Joe's grocery store nearby, they have a great assortment of trail mixes (try the Tempting Trail Mix), wasabi peas, dried fruit like mango and dragonfruit, plantain chips and the list goes on. They also carry many popular bars, like Balance, Clif, etc.

Great place for finding unusual snacks!

BRIAN BOLIN
(OBOZ) - F

Locale: OVER YONDER'
Trader Joes on 03/04/2010 20:53:21 MST Print View

I do and I have to check out their dried fruit to change up the naners and strawberries.
Thats another thing I am sooo tired of is the BARS. Clif is good and very packable, but heavy. But I am so burn out on bars, just as much as GORP.
Now to google dragonfruit :D

Edited by OBOZ on 03/04/2010 20:55:19 MST.

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
snacks on 03/04/2010 21:30:32 MST Print View

Crackers
Almonds
Peanut butter
Flour tortillas
Carob choc

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/04/2010 21:54:11 MST Print View

I like instant hummus, other instant dips/spreads that I make. Carry them with crackers or tortillas.
Shelf stable cheese (hard and spreadable versions)
dried fruit
cashews
kettle potato chips
candy bars
homemade bars (none of them yecky energy bars for me! I like them tasty)
cookies
brownies
small cups of soup easily made
soft fruit leather bars


On first day out:
fresh fruit and berries
fresh baked bread from the bakery on the way out of town
donuts
yogurt

Ed Engel
(Doorknob) - F

Locale: West of what you think is west
Homemade Bars on 03/04/2010 22:03:13 MST Print View

Sara - how long do you think homemade bars last on the trail in the summer (High Sierra). I'm usually out for 2-3 weeks with food drops.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Homemade bars on 03/04/2010 23:25:24 MST Print View

I have a recipe for Logan Bread that I've used for about thirty years now. It has a similar calorie density to the others, but it has no milk or egg in it, so there is less to spoil. If I know I am going to be eating it up within a few weeks, I make it one way (moister), and if I think its consumption will stretch out over a longer period, I make it slightly differently (drier). It starts to taste a little bland after three months of storage in a sandwich bag. I've eaten some that was nine months in the bag with no spoilage. The good thing about the homemade recipes is that you can alter them slightly to suit your own preferences. I can eat it no matter how tired I am, or no matter how much appetite I've lost.
--B.G.--

Robert Blean
(blean) - MLife

Locale: San Jose -- too far from Sierras
Re: Homemade bars on 03/05/2010 01:58:32 MST Print View

Bob

I have a recipe for Logan Bread that I've used for about thirty years now.

Would you care to post the recipe?

-- MV

joe newton
(holdfast)

Locale: Bergen, Norway
Re: Re: Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/05/2010 03:34:13 MST Print View

Pretzel Pete's Gourmet Peanut Butter filled nuggets (these bad boys will struggle to make it to the trail once I've opened them!
http://www.pretzelpete.com/pretzelpetedifference.cfm

Crushed chips/crackers

Peanut M&Ms

Tuna Jerky (found in a world food store)

Tortillas and shelf stable cheese or meat (probably both...)

Love the idea of instant hummus. Will have to give that a try.

Adam Rothermich
(aroth87) - F

Locale: Missouri Ozarks
Re: Re: Re: Mid-day snacks / on the go lunch on 03/05/2010 04:17:38 MST Print View

My favorites:

Peanut M&Ms
Pringles- as said before ~200 calories in a baggie and slightly crushed
Snickers!!!!
Clif Bars (White Choc Macadamia is my new favorite)

If I'm just day hiking or on the first day out I like to bring a little hard salami and cheese with tortillas.

Side note: anybody else ever make some of Ultralight Joe's Moose Goo? If you can stand the texture its really not all that bad :P. Especially with some M&Ms on a tortilla...
http://www.ultralightbackpacker.com/moosegoo.html

Adam