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What's your menu for a day?
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Nick Garner
(nwgarner) - MLife

Locale: Silicon Valley
What's your menu for a day? on 09/22/2010 08:09:23 MDT Print View

I'm curious what your menu looks like for a day of hiking.

For me it's usually like this.
Breakfast: Granola + Nido or a Clif bar or homemade equivalent
Lunch and dinner: 1 serving FBC with chicken. I sometimes split a 7 oz. bag of chicken between lunch and dinner.
Various Clif products for snacking on the move.

Do you stop to cook lunch? I usually have no problem making time to boil some water and eat while taking a rest around lunchtime.

Thank you,

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: What's your menu for a day? on 09/22/2010 09:13:05 MDT Print View


Breakfast = Could be anything from oatmeal to a bagel with toppings. Hot drink



Lunch = either cold served on a wrap or crackers or a hot lunch. Depends on weather. Big cold drink, in cool weather a hot drink.



Dinner = hearty FBC meal with lots of protein. Hot drink.


Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
A 3 day Hike on 09/22/2010 09:54:18 MDT Print View

Just put this together for my 3 day hile mileage/off trail trip to the Sierras. Target 4000cal/day and less for day 3. (Target no food on return.) The malto and recovery are both Maltodextrin mixed with protein and other goodies that I will be drinking on the trail during the most intense portion of the day.

Muffin 500
Lays chips 230
cookie 320
snickers 280
Oreos 300
PB MM 400
MH Stew 500
Maltodextrin Mix 1200
Recovery Mix 300
Total 4030

snickers 280
Poptarts 400
Mocha 220
cheetos 320
cookie 320
crackers 180
Oreos 250
MH Spaghetti 540
Maltodextrin Mix 1200
Recovery Mix 300
Total 4010

snickers 280
Poptarts 400
Mocha 220
BBQ chips 230
cookie 320
crackers 190
Oreos 150
PB MM 200
Maltodextrin Mix 900
Total 2890

Edited by gg-man on 09/22/2010 09:56:20 MDT.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Re: What's your menu for a day? on 09/22/2010 10:51:39 MDT Print View

Mine often looks like this over a 4 day trip... on top of this I carry extra little baggies of nuts and gorp as well as extra energy bars in case I need the fuel. None of the lunches in this particular menu require the use of a stove.

Day One

B - Harvest Oatmeal Bars
S - Dried Fruit and Almonds
L - Tuna Salad Wraps
S - Dark Chocolate
D - Chicken Stew with Dumplings
D - Caramel Apple Chai (this is a hot tea that doubles as dessert)

Day Two

B - Muesli with milk
S - Dried apples and cheddar
L - Roasted Tomato Dip and Pita
S - Pepperoni sticks
D - Black Bean, Corn and Sweet Potato Soup

Day Three

B - Blueberry Maple Granola with Nido
S - Gorp
L - Citrus Lentil Salad
S - Homemade Energy Bars
D - Minestrone
D - Chocolate Moosey Mousse

Day Four

B - Homemade Energy Bars
S - Frunola Bars (these are purchased from Kettle Valley)
L - Black Bean Dip with Pita
S - Smoked Almonds and white cheddar
D - Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Stopping to cook lunch? It depends on the trip and the weather and who we are hiking with. Most often I have something that requires cold water rehydration such as my various trail salads. On occasion we will stop and have a soup or other warming dish for lunch though.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Calorie Breakdown? on 09/22/2010 10:55:51 MDT Print View

Greg, what's your calorie breakdown for fat/prot/carb.

Your list seems very carb heavy at a first glance without enough fat and protein to provide sustained energy. But like I said, that's just a first glance.

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Re: Calorie Breakdown? on 09/22/2010 12:42:35 MDT Print View

I have not done the calculations on this. I suspect that it will be very high on the carbs and the Energy Drink is also loaded with Whey or Soy protein depending on which drink. 50% of my calories are from an equivalent product as Hammer Perpetuem and Recovery (maltodextrin). I am maxing on the high carb food to maximize my chance of actually being able to eat it. This diet has worked well for me on 40+ mile days at elevations below 10.5k. It will be first time that I have attempted this diet above 11k but based on the results. We'll see how it works.

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
if it works it works on 09/22/2010 13:04:01 MDT Print View

I can u.understand that, the best nutrition does you know good if you can't choke down the fuel.

Also each person's body has its preferred source of calories. Personally I feel better when my protein and fat %s are higher than recommended, but my fast metabolism burns through crabs too quickly.

That said I've noticed love me a bag of goldfish crackers throughout a day.

Larry Dyer
(veriest1) - F

Locale: Texas
Seeing some of your lists I guess I'm just lazy but I'll post anyway. on 09/23/2010 02:14:34 MDT Print View

Clifbar builder bar and/or peanut butter crackers once hiking.

Peanut butter crackers or clifbar and Gorp

Gorp (I like it with lots and lots of peanut M&M's and dried fruit)

Lunch: Gorp and salami with peanut butter crackers. Cup of coffee if it's cool out.

Snacks: Repeat.

Dinner: Ramen (need to start making my own), salami, or beef jerky etc. Maybe some Gorp.

Oddly enough hard salami, gorp, and jerky are some of my favorite foods and I don't eat them unless I'm traveling or treating myself for some reason so when I go backpacking it's a real treat!

David Noll
(dpnoll) - MLife

Locale: Maroon Bells
menu on 09/23/2010 05:57:12 MDT Print View

I am starting a 6 day trip Sunday and here is my menu.
All cooking is FBC.
Breakfast - alternate granola and oatmeal and Via - 24 oz
(both have nido, nuts and fruit inc)

Lunch and snacks - jerky, fruit, nuts, bars, and Mike Clellands energy spackle and Nunn tablets for electrolytes
62.5 oz

Dinner - Thai noodle with sauce, Dehydrated mole sauce over Spanish rice and refried beans, Zippy spaghetti, Mango quinoa with chicken, and Pistou. Tea and chocolate.

31.6 oz

Edited by dpnoll on 09/23/2010 05:58:45 MDT.

Mike M
(mtwarden) - MLife

Locale: Montana
menu on 09/23/2010 08:54:39 MDT Print View

mine is

Breakfast- a cold cereal (granola of some sort) w/ Nido dried whole milk- I add dehydrated blueberries (or the like)- just add water and stir

a couple of nutir grain bars

coffee (Via w/ Nido and some hot chocolate- a quasi mocha)

Snacks- usually Clif Mojo bars (one mid morning, one mid afternoon)
powdered gatorade (mid morning/mid afternoon)

Lunch- mini pitas, dried salami, cheddar (or other) cheese

Supper- dehydrated/freeze-dried meal- add hot water- let sit
sometimes a dessert, sometimes fresh trout as a hors d'oeuvre :)

usually in the 1.25# range/day calories ~ 3000

Dicentra OPW
(dicentra) - F

Locale: PNW
with post-trip notes on 09/23/2010 13:42:17 MDT Print View

5 Day PCT Menu with Post Trip Notes

Day 1
Breakfast: at home
Lunch: salami and cheese (the little wax covered wheels)
Dinner: Pasta w/Chicken and Artichoke Hearts - excellent!

Day 2
Breakfast: PB Crunch Wrap - good stuff. Packed too much granola, better with the maple almond butter than the cinnamon PB (Justin's Nut Butters)
Lunch: salami and cheese
Dinner: Chili Mac - ok

Day 3
Breakfast: PB Crunch Wrap
Lunch: Wasa crackers and shelf stable cream cheese (eaten with more salami, pepperoni sticks or similar would have been better) - wanted more of this. Better than expected
Dinner: Unstuffed Peppers w/quinoa and chicken

Day 4
Breakfast: Cherry Almond Oatmeal - made with almond milk powder. Very good!
Lunch: Mount Daniel Wraps (black beans, cheese, taco sauce, tortilla) - 5 min to make and awesome! A little too much beans - the excess went on Rooinator's tuna wrap. He said it was good.
Dinner: Rice & Veggies w/ Peanut Sauce

Day 5
Breakfast: Strawberry Almond Oatmeal - made with almond milk powder. Very good.
Lunch: whatever cheese/crackers/salami and snacks are leftover
Dinner: at home/in car

Dried mangos - wanted more! MORE! MORE!
PB M&Ms - more! Good fast energy. Or similar candy. Snickers? Payday w/chocolate?
salted cashews - just right amount
California Crunchies (flavored almonds) - love these. More. I think I can reverse engineer these to be made at home too.
EmergenC x 22 - half would be more than enough. Overkill.
Luna Moons x 3 - more would have been good. Easy to eat while walking
1 mini chocolate bar w/dried fruit (Target) - more
1 chocolate cliff nectar bar - didn't eat
1 cherry lara bar - good snack
Just veggies - didn't eat.

Starbucks Via instant coffee - great!
Sugar in the raw packets
Powdered almond milk (only b/c I didn't have regular milk) - good. Really good in the oatmeal
Herbal Tea packets - great! Nice change from plain water and EmergenC w/dinners
1 dessert - Nutella and banana wrap - Made and gave to Rooinator. He said it was good.
Olive oil - only added to the artichoke pasta
salt & pepper packets - didn't use

Kimberly Wersal
(kwersal) - MLife

Locale: Western Colorado
3 Day Menu on 09/23/2010 22:42:28 MDT Print View

Day 1

Breakfast on the Road

Lunch: Jerky,cheese, dried fruit, Larabar

Dinner: FBC mexican rice with shredded beef/dried red peppers

Day 2

Breakfast: Cheese Grits with Ham/ granola bar

Lunch: Tuna salad sandwich, cheddar cheese, Larabar

Snack: granola bar

Dinner: Coconut Chicken Currey with Rice, FBC

Day 3

Breakfast: PB & J sandwiches, cheese

Lunch: jerky, dry cereal (I like Cracklin' Oat Bran), dried fruit.

Dinner: Pig out on the way home