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Top 10 Tips for Happy Hiking with Kids
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Top 10 Tips for Happy Hiking with Kids

by Aimee Kennedy, MS, RD Are you an adventure seeking parent? Do you love to explore the outdoors and want your kids to do the same? Kids are naturally very curious creatures. They love the outdoors and are very imaginative. They also love to spend time with their mommy and daddy. Here are my top...

Wild Edibles of the Northwest – Part Two
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Wild Edibles of the Northwest – Part Two

by Rachel Patrick, RDN, LD Live to eat or eat to live? Whether you find yourself in a survival situation or just want to try a few backcountry delicacies, expand your outdoor knowledge with this guide exploring some foods that can be foraged, nutrition information, and preparation ideas. If you missed the previous part of...

Cake Batter Hummus
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Cake Batter Hummus

Oh, yes! Hummus CAN taste like chocolate cake batter! This hummus recipe is unlike any dehydrated hummus recipe you’ve likely taken into the backcountry up until now. The recipe is incredibly simple and only takes a few minutes to prepare at home. The hummus takes even less time to rehydrate in the backcountry which is...

Wild Edibles of the Northwest – Part One
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Wild Edibles of the Northwest – Part One

by Rachel Patrick, RDN, LD Today, I’d like to share tips on consuming wild edibles during your next adventure. For visitors and natives of the Northwestern United States, I have created a list including a few foods that can be eaten in the wild, some nutrition facts, identification, and food preparation ideas. Whether you are...

Foods to Improve Blood Flow
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Foods to Improve Blood Flow

by Briana Bruinoodge, RD, CPT Ever felt your toes tingle, or your calf cramp up when you’re halfway to the top of a mountain peak? Poor blood flow to these areas of the body could be contributing to muscle cramps or a numbness feeling in your toes or fingers. Improved blood flow, or circulation of...

What to Eat and Drink while Exercising in Hot Weather
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What to Eat and Drink while Exercising in Hot Weather

by Briana Bruinooge, RD, CPT Piggy-backing off of my good friend, Kasey Hutchinson’s expert nutrition advice, I thought I’d focus on how summer is around the corner and temperatures are getting hot, so what should you eat and drink on your athletic adventure? Fluid Loss and Impaired Performance It is important to eat and drink properly throughout...

Nutrition and Hydration Hacks for High Altitude
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Nutrition and Hydration Hacks for High Altitude

by Marisa Michael, MSc, RDN, LD Do you have a trip planned soon? Maybe you live at a lower elevation, but are going backpacking, skiing, or rock climbing at higher elevations. There are a few things to know to make your trip more enjoyable. Planning ahead and knowing how your body responds to altitude can...

Nutrition & Backcountry Hunting
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Nutrition & Backcountry Hunting

by Kyle Kamp, RDN, LD I admit it. I’m a sucker for the buzz created by big features like the one Aaron is putting together by dietitians (RDs) who ditch their weekly responsibilities on a Friday afternoon to spend 2 days of sheer bliss above the line of alpine trees in the mountains. You’ve already...

A Look at Supplements, Meals and Snacks for Muscle Recovery
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A Look at Supplements, Meals and Snacks for Muscle Recovery

by Kasey Hutchinson, RD, LMT Supplements Normally, I am not a big promoter of supplements but in an effort to be unbiased and transparent I will share my findings on a few beneficial supplements. Taurine: Taurine is an organic acid found in skeletal muscle and has many biological functions such as membrane stabilization, antioxidant capacity,...

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