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Camp Chef Makeover: The Winter Hiker

Staying warm does require extra calories when hiking in the winter.
sept 2010 cook like pro winter hiker 445x260(Illustration by Kim Sielbeck)

Bobby Trotter, 45, Knoxville, TN

Diagnosis Stymied by frozen food “Due to the cold temps and short stops, I just eat a protein bar for lunch, but if I forget to put it in a pocket when breaking camp, the bar is hard enough to break a tooth,” Bobby says.

Makeover by Jennifer Pharr Davis, thru-hiker, author, and speaker. Philosophy: “Food is no casual affair in winter hiking—you need 500-plus extra calories a day to stay warm.”

Meal Rx Since more processed or whole-nut bars freeze more easily, we gave Bobby better options (Odwalla, Nutri-Grain, Clif, and DIY bars) and tasty menu ideas.

Easy winter lunches Evol Burritos, prethawed (evolfoods.com); raisin, honey, & cream cheese bagel; salami with cheddar; banana & Nutella tortilla

Furnace Food
Eat a snack high in fat or protein before bed; the heat generated by digestion will keep you warmer.

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