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What’s for lunch? 40+ favorite ideas

By Andrew Skurka / September 8, 2020 /

As a hard-charging thru-hiker — when I would hike sunrise-to-sunset, take very few breaks, and cover 30 to 40 miles day after day — food was simply fuel. I carried items that were calorie dense, required minimal or no field preparation, and could be eaten on the go. So I ate a lot of bars…

Fueling & nutrition for the female trail athlete

By Teresa Hagerty / August 10, 2020 /

My first summit hike of Mt. St. Helens took over 16 hours round-trip, and I hit the wall a little more than halfway up. From there, every step to the summit was a struggle, and it took days to recover after the climb. I didn’t know it then, but a flawed nutritional strategy had set…

Breakfast Recipe: Fruit and Cream Porridge

By Andrew Skurka / December 22, 2019 /

The term “porridge” may not sound particularly appetizing, but we think this breakfast is pretty decent. It’s slightly nutty and not too sweet, and another great template that can be adjusted to your personal preferences. The most unique element of this recipe is the streusel topping, which bumps up its craveability factor. Meal Statistics: Meal…

Breakfast Recipe: Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

By Andrew Skurka / December 14, 2019 /

This spin-off on the classic oatmeal breakfast is rich and decadent. Combined with our Coconut Chia version, we’ve taken oatmeal up a notch or two. Meal Stats: Recipe Weight: 4.5 ounces Calories per Ounce: 136 Total Calories: 612 Ingredients The chief benefit of this recipe is that the ingredients are widely available and easy to…

Dinner Recipe: Coconut Cashew Curry

By Andrew Skurka / December 7, 2019 /

This was another new dinner for 2019, and it quickly became one of my favorite dinners. Here’s why: Completely unique flavor profile among our 12-recipe repertoire; Great variety of textures; A hearty and filling portion; and, Easy to increase the calorie count and density, like by adding olive oil or chunks of protein. The original…

Dinner Recipe: Backcountry Chili

By Andrew Skurka / December 6, 2019 /

A near weekly dinner at home for Amanda and me during the colder months is chili. It’s particularly gratifying to make with DIY elk meat and homegrown peppers and tomatoes. It seemed like my chili recipe could be converted for backcountry use, and I asked David last spring to develop a recipe. On its maiden…

Breakfast Recipe: Coconut Chia Oatmeal

By Andrew Skurka / December 1, 2019 /

A classic oatmeal breakfast (or worse, an instant packet) consists of simple grains and sugar, and not much else. I find that it gives a quick sugar rush, but I’m often hungry within an hour or two. For last season, David developed a recipe that sticks better to my ribs, combining an oatmeal base with…

Dinner Recipe: Pesto Noodles

By Andrew Skurka / November 22, 2019 /

This dinner recipe is a sleeper. It’s much simpler than Peanut Noodles, and it lacks the obvious cheese and Frito goodness of the Beans & Rice, yet it’s rated as highly as both by our clients. Meal stats Recommended meal weight: 5.6 oz Total calories: 700 Caloric density: 125 calories/ounce To increase the caloric density, which…

Dinner Recipe: Peanut Noodles

By Andrew Skurka / November 22, 2019 /

For years Peanut Noodles has been a crowd favorite, usually ranking just below the world famous Beans & Rice. This backpacking dinner recipe goes on every single guided trip and on most personal trips, especially if I have a prepared batch of sauce already in the fridge. The sauce has gone through several iterations, getting better each…

Dinner Recipe: Polenta + Peppers

By Andrew Skurka / November 22, 2019 /

This Italian-themed dinner recipe is very filling, making it ideal for long days and late in a trip, when appetites are big. It’s unique and flavorful. Meal stats Recommended serving weight: 5.6 oz Total calories: 595 Caloric density: 105 cal/oz Like instant potatoes, polenta absorbs a significant amount of water, at a 4:1 volume ratio.…