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chris markley
(motorapido) - F
Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 11:17:31 MDT Print View

Anybody have a top-5 or top-10 list of the highest-calorie, lowest volume, lowest weight foods? On a short trip where you really don't need to worry about nutritional balance, fiber, vitamins, etc., but just want to get enough calories to fuel your body for exercise and warmth at night, what are the top 5 or 10 best? I'm hoping somebody has a very scientific spreadsheet that you can sort by calories per gram and calories by volume, since weight and pack volume are important. So for instance, no way would I bring dried green peas. Super light, but minimal calories, and rather volume intensive. M&M peanut seem to score well, as do sunflower seeds. NIDO powder. Olive oil. OK, people, let's make a list.

Laurie Ann March
(Laurie_Ann) - F

Locale: Ontario, Canada
high cal on 03/23/2011 11:43:28 MDT Print View

One of our high-caloric go to foods are Maple Sugared Walnuts.... yum.

maple sugared walnuts

drowning in spam
(leaftye) - F

Locale: SoCal
Re: Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 11:48:48 MDT Print View

Here you go:

te - wa
(mikeinfhaz) - F

Locale: Phoenix
Re: Re: Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 12:26:57 MDT Print View

Nutty Bars.

Craig W.
(xnomanx) - F - M
Re: Re: Re: Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 13:03:51 MDT Print View

Crushed Pringles.
170 calories/ounce and they take up no space.

As for coated nuts, they're like this work with about any type of nut and you can substitute in other ingredients to taste (vanilla, etc.)

Sarah Kirkconnell
(sarbar) - F

Locale: In the shadow of Mt. Rainier
Re: Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 13:10:52 MDT Print View

While a tiny bit lower in calories, Kettle brand tater chips come in at 150 calories per ounce, crush well and taste fab-u-lous added to everything (OK, maybe not to breakfast....). The cheddar flavor is soooo good! And no fillers - it is just fried taters with seasoning. Even come in organic ;-)

Philip Delvoie
(PhilipD) - MLife

Locale: Ontario, Canada
Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 13:28:42 MDT Print View

Maple sugar walnuts...yummy.

Candied nuts in general are a good one...plain walnuts are about 186 calories per ounce..add in the maple sugar and you are well above that. I prefer almonds and at 160ish calories per ounce plain they are still a good option and perhaps pack a bit easier/smaller than the walnuts. Also relatively healthy.

Also a big fan of some of the dried/cured meats. No refridgeration needed and still solid in terms of calories. It can be eaten by itself or cubed and added into noddles or whatever you are eating for dinner. My favorite is Landjaeger.

Chris Benson
(roguenode) - F

Locale: Boulder
some more info... on 03/23/2011 14:22:07 MDT Print View

This webpage has a nice list of some "calorie-dense food items".

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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Most calories, least volume/weight? on 03/23/2011 14:25:32 MDT Print View

Calorie dense items are nice, but I need to avoid those with so much saturated fat. Unsaturated is OK, which starts me with olive oil and some healthy nuts.