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Want to hike farther, explore tougher terrain, and carry big loads without bonking? To achieve your biggest backcountry goals, you have to change how you eat.
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Sport-Specific Nutrition | Snack For All-Day Energy | Balance Your Backcountry Diet | Food Expert Q & A | The 10 Best Backpacking Foods | The Perfect Menu | A Day of Eating Healthy | The Burning Curve… | …And a Radical Deviation

THE PERFECT MENU
4 power-packed recipes that will keep you walking, not flagging

You can do better than candy bars and mac-n-cheese in the backcountry. This sample daily menu, designed by Stacy Beeson, a wellness dietician at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise, Idaho, delivers the perfect balance of carbs, proteins, and fats for multiday adventures.

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Kashi-Pumpkin Seed Trail Mix

2 cups Kashi Go Lean Crunch
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup corn flax chips
1/4 cup peanut M&Ms
2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

At Home
Mix ingredients together. Makes five 1-cup servings.

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Tuna Pizzazz

1/2 cup dry instant brown rice
1 tuna pouch (7 ounces)
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes
1 tablespoon Knorr Garlic and Herb powdered sauce mix
1/4 cup powdered skim milk
1 slice cheddar cheese

At Camp
Cook 1/2 cup rice in 1 cup boiling water. Reconstitute tomatoes in water. Once rice is cooked, turn flame down and stir in garlic and herb mix, milk, and 1/2 cup water. Then mix in tomatoes, tuna, cheese, and ground pepper. Makes 2 cups.

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Blueberry-Banana Peanut Butter Bars from A Fork in the Trail, by Laurie Ann March (Wilderness Press, 2008)

1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 cups high-energy cereal made of strong flakes, crushed
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup dried banana chips
1/3 cup white chocolate chips

At Home
Break the banana chips into small pieces and set aside. Heat the honey and brown sugar in a large pot and simmer for 1 minute. (Boiling too long will make the bars brittle.) Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the peanut butter. Add the remaining ingredients and combine well.

Coat the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan with vegetable oil. Scoop the mixture into the pan and pack down evenly. Freeze for 30 minutes. Transfer the pan contents to a cutting board. Allow to return to room temperature and then cut into 10 bars. Wrap bars in waxed paper and store in zip-top bags. The bars will keep in the freezer for three months.

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Vanilla Pudding Parfait

1/2 packet vanilla pudding mix
3 tablespoons powdered skim milk
6 to 8 ounces water
2 tablespoons granola or Grape Nuts

At Camp
Add vanilla, dried milk, and water to bowl and mix well. Add Grape Nuts or granola, let soak in, and eat. Makes heaping half-cup.

Sport-Specific Nutrition | Snack For All-Day Energy | Balance Your Backcountry Diet | Food Expert Q & A | The 10 Best Backpacking Foods | The Perfect Menu | A Day of Eating Healthy | The Burning Curve… | …And a Radical Deviation

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