For our thru hikes we pick foods that are organic, calorie-dense, nutritious, vegetarian, and of course, tasty. Sometimes we purchase ingredients in bulk and combine them. In other cases we choose pre-made meals. Below is a list of our favorite meal and snack choices.
Breakfast: Morning is our favorite time of day to hike because our legs are fresh and the light is beautiful. We like to get up and go so we prefer foods that are easy to munch on while hiking.
- Bars (see list in the Snacks section below)
- Toaster pastries
Snacks: The key to sustained energy on a thru hike is constant eating. About half our calories come from snacks.
- BumbleBar organic sesame bars
- Raw Revolution organic live food bars
- Two Moms in the Raw organic bars
- Variety of other snack bars
- Homemade trail mix: Milk chocolate chips, peanuts, raisins
- Homemade trail mix: Dark chocolate chips, pistachios, sesame sticks, dried mango
- Homemade trail mix: Milk chocolate chips, peanuts, crunchy cereal, banana chips
- Homemade trail mix: Dark chocolate chips, cashews, almonds, dried cranberries, dried fig sticks
- A few unusual store bought trail mixes
- Dried fruit
- Fig bars
- Candy bars
- Gummy candies
Lunch: By midday our bodies want to rest, so we take a longer break, get out the stove, and cook up a hearty lunch. This is our main meal for the day. Sometimes we add olive oil for additional calories.
- Outdoor Herbivore dehydrated organic backpacking meals
- Pasta, dried pesto, Parmesan cheese, vegan jerky
- Macaroni and cheese with vegan jerky
- Instant soups (split pea, curry lentil, or black bean)
- Instant mashed potatoes, occasionally with freeze dried vegetables
- Instant stuffing
- Couscous, dehydrated black or pinto beans, hot sauce, salt and pepper packets
- Ramen noodles
Drink Mixes: These are a fun treat and encourage hydration.
- Hot chocolate
- Apple cider
Dinners: We opt for dinner items which are easy to prepare without cooking. Variety from the rest of the day’s food is also a plus.
- Peanut butter and/or chocolate hazelnut butter with tortillas
- Granola (many varieties) and powdered milk
- Dehydrated hummus with crackers
- Cheese and tortillas
For more information, check out these food-related posts.
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