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

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)... on 05/01/2014 09:25:12 MDT Print View

If I need to carry more calories, I start with a block of cheese.


Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
Re: Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)... on 05/01/2014 11:50:01 MDT Print View

If you're actually going to do this, for the love of god, make your own granola; don't bring commercially-made stuff.

If you can SWEAR to me that you're a good person, I will share my top-secret awesome homemade high-calorie granola recipe with you. :^)

Personally, although I usually eat a similar breakfast, for some reason, when I'm backpacking, I like to bring a dizzying variety of foods that I can graze on during the day. That said, I have favourites, like ProBar Meals, exotic jerky, and Cheetos (not eaten together!).

Edited by Wildtowner on 07/16/2014 18:14:26 MDT.

Just In Time
(ArcturusBear1) - F
Re: Re:Food Fatigue on 05/01/2014 12:58:45 MDT Print View

I think it really depends on the individual. In my regular day to day life, i tend to eat a lot of the same foods or rather meals because they are a combo of nutritious, quick-easy to make, filling, and tasty in about that order of importance.

However, variety IS important from a purely nutritional standpoint and so i do try to mix it up. Some of my regular meals contain a variety of vegetables for that reason, like mixing broccoli, onions, peas, collard greens, etc into the same meal, and since this is always mixed with a little brown rice, quinoa or the like, with a little goat or sheep cheese, and/or occasionally a little nutritional yeast with extra virgin olive oil or the like, it does cover a pretty wide spectrum of nutrients.

For me, i usually primarily eat from a mental and/or intuitive level. Food to me is more of a fuel, and i can and have adjusted my tastes to pretty much anything if i know it's healthy for the body i use. For example, i've grown to actually like the taste of Garden of Life's Perfect Food (green mix powder). Many on amazon think it tastes horribly disgusting.

If i/this body (rather) didn't have to eat to survive, i probably wouldn't.

Other people approach food differently, some very sensually, with a lot of attachment to taste, texture, etc, etc. Some eat more out of emotions. Some need a lot of variety, constantly changing, others much less so. I also find that we as humans tend to go in phases or cycles too, wherein sometimes we like more variety for a little while, and then other times more consistency, etc.

So, i guess what i'm really saying is, you won't know until YOU try it out, since you are a unique individual.

John Vance
(Servingko) - F

Locale: Intermountain West
Boring Diet on 05/01/2014 13:59:24 MDT Print View

I too eat the same thing everyday at home and on the trail. If you are familiar with the Premier Protein bars, I have consumed over 13,000 of these over the years and I don't like them any better or worse now than I did when I first started eating them. I haven't just limited myself to those as I eat the same Cliff bars and others as well. Come to think of it I never tire of chocolate and eat it everyday.

I prepackage the days food for each day on the trail and just pull the bag out in the morning and start working on it. I know that I am in the minority here but I am a "food is fuel" kind of guy and it works for me. I met a guy on the trail last year that had been living off of Mentos and peanuts for two weeks which seemed a bit over the top for me but he had fresh breath.

The bottom line is that everyone is different and what works for some might not work for others. I also find that some things I like at home I like less on the trail and visa versa, but I typically eat everything I bring for everyday even if I have to power it down.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Mentos guy on 05/01/2014 14:53:31 MDT Print View

Thanks, John! That got a belly laugh.

Alexander Scott
(Cascadicus) - F
Re: Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)... on 06/20/2014 17:08:55 MDT Print View

I love the simplicity of the idea but if I ate nothing but the same bag of granola for 3-5 days I'd go insane or start hunting marmots or mugging other hikers.

I'd be interested to hear how it went if you end up doing this!

Alexander Scott
(Cascadicus) - F
Re: Packing JUST a giant bag of granola (with nuts, raisins, etc)... on 06/20/2014 17:39:40 MDT Print View

Mountain Community Mental Health Hospital.

Clinical Note:

The subject appears to be an undernourished male in his 30's recently brought in by local law enforcement after an altercation in a rural food mart.

He is not alert/oriented x3 as he is not sure which day it is or how he got here.
Disheveled in appearance and presents with minor abrasions to the face, neck and extremities. His intake clothing and some bits of equipment indicate a recent outdoor activity.

Pt had to be restrained upon arrival and intake when he attempted to take by force a sandwhich from a passing staff member, loudly yelling something about "fresh, fresh, protein" or something similar.

He was given 1.0mg Ativan po and sedated after which he calmed down, continously mumbling "too dry, too dry, too dry". I am not currently sure if there is any significance to this statement.


Allow pt to eat as much as he wants during meal times and keep any manner of dried foods such as nuts and cereals away from him as this seems to elicit a violent reaction in the pt, possibly causing further harm to himself or staff.

Valerie E
(Wildtowner) - M

Locale: Grand Canyon State
RE: medical report on 06/20/2014 18:53:34 MDT Print View

Hahahahahaha! Nice, Alexander! :^D

Hiking Malto
(gg-man) - F
Sick of food? on 06/20/2014 19:43:10 MDT Print View

I hiked 2654 miles while consuming 80 lbs of Maltodextrin and eating copious amounts of PNB everyday for lunch. I also had tens of thousands of other calories and quite the variety of breakfast and dinner food, 17 different dinners. But I never got sick of my Malto mix, in spite of what many people said. Didn't get sick of PNB either. Three years later I am now finishing up my third 50lb. Bag of Malto. Still take it it every trip. Bottom line, try it, if it works for you then go for it.

granola on 06/20/2014 19:53:08 MDT Print View

"Besides, granola isn't particularly calorie-dense. I have a dark chocolate almond variety that about as high in calories as I've found (haven't looked too hard)--it's 116 Cal/oz. I usually try to get my food to average 125 Cal/oz or a bit more."

But granola coated with a tad of canola oil, is quite the calorie dense food at 140 cal/o, ala BearNaked granola. Stays crunchy in milk too.

Personally, I dont get tired of peanutbutter, tortillas, peanut MMs, or walmart mountain trailmix, and any kind of chocolate, snickers, or twix.

I will however, never ever take another Ramen noodle or pop tart on a trail. Ever. Nor will I voluntarily eat them at home.

Ian B.

Locale: PNW
Re: Sick of food? on 06/20/2014 19:53:22 MDT Print View

Hiking Malto,

I've read through some of your older threads on the topic including this one:

I've used perpetuem but I'm thinking about making my own mix. Care to share your recipe du jour? Also, do you mix up a bottle of concentrated mix and just sip off of it through your hike while carrying a separate bottle of plain water or just a single bottle of your malto-drink?