Food taken on the trip are usually canned food and bags with dehydrated natural powders. Some products come naturally, so-called packed lunch. Canned food is cooked and can be eaten hot or cold straight away. Canned food takes up a lot of space and is very heavy. Dehydrated powders and, for example, soups in bags, they are light and easier to pack, but require large amounts of water to be added. It may turn out in some areas, that you have to carry a lot of water with you just for that, to cook the tea bag. However, do not eat powdered food without water; it absorbs water from the body, which can make you feel unwell, problems with digestion and severe constipation.
Sweets, except for carbohydrates that are high in calories, have little valuable nutrients. However, they are a nice supplement to the daily diet, and in some situations an irreplaceable source of energy. Mountaineers and polar explorers often refresh themselves with boiled chocolate and other sweets, providing the body with the necessary calories.
They should add up a lot of calories, let us start the day with energy. Meals consisting of cereal products and groats, such as porridge or breakfast cereals with raisins and other toppings, they also provide fiber, which facilitates digestion. Dried fruits also contain fiber. Dried plums for variety, apples and apricots can be replaced with a mixture of dried exotic fruits and nuts.
Grains and legumes
Rice is a rich source of carbohydrates, but it is quite difficult to cook it in camp conditions, it also requires a lot of fuel. Beans and other legumes are high in fiber and protein. The seeds of these plants need to be soaked in water before cooking, especially the beans. When preparing dishes from legumes and rice, follow the regulations on the packaging.
Snacks for the road
Wanting to stay energized during a long hike, you should eat something from time to time, and only eat a large meal for the evening. You should have chocolate on hand, Biscuits, crackers, which provide the body with energy.
Taking drinks with you is a luxury in off-road conditions, because they do not contain any greater nutritional value. However, a hot drink warms the body, pleasurable and uplifting. Powdered milk is a source of calcium and can be an additive to enhance the flavor of other drinks. Hot chocolate is a delicious drink for cold evenings.
Low temperature drying is a way of dehydrating food, especially fruit, which allows to keep many of their natural properties, such as consistency, crunchy or thick. Powdered products are light and easy to transport, but it takes a lot of water to cook them.
The flour and salt are the ingredients, from which you can prepare many different dishes. Granulated tallow can turn out to be an invaluable addition to your dishes. Sugar can improve the flavor of many dishes prepared with products obtained in nature.
Spices and additives
Everything that can improve the taste and diversify the food consumed during the trip is worth taking with you. Hot spices, such as curry, as well as garlic cloves, onion, Tomato puree or various sauces give dishes a specific flavor and diversify the daily diet.
Meat and fish provide the body with the necessary protein. Unfortunately, all types of meat are perishable and difficult to store. That is why you should only take canned meat and fish or dried products on your journey. The canned food should be eaten completely after opening, therefore it is not worth buying too large cans, for more than one meal. However, canned food has this disadvantage, that they are very heavy. Dried meat, for example, salami is much lighter, but only a few meat products are preserved in this way. Or you can dry your own and prepare fresh meat or fish for storage. In addition to canned or dried meat, you can also take canned food with cooked meat dishes with the addition of soy., beans, vegetables or pasta.