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Crunch Time for The Foodie!
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Crunch Time for The Foodie!

This article originally appeared on The Trek and can be found here. First off, I want to share how excited I am about the number of hikers worldwide that have shared interest in improving nutrition while thru hiking. The Backcountry Meal Planning for Thru Hikers Facebook group has grown exponentially with great discussions posted daily....

Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!
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Ugly Truth About Pop-Tarts!

This article originally appeared on The Trek and can be found here. You’re not going to tell me pop-tarts aren’t ultralight, are you?!? Actually, that’s exactly what I’m saying. A significant amount of my time over the last year was spent reviewing various blog posts and forums discussing foods typically consumed by thru hikers. It...

Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?
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Wait! You’re telling me Mountain House isn’t ultralight?!?

by Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN, LD This article originally appeared on The Trek, which can be found here. When buying ultralight gear thru hikers expect high performance for minimal weight. They should have the same performance expectations of food. Thru hikers are known for losing a significant amount of weight due to inadequate calorie intake....

Hiking with Kids and Keeping Everyone Happy
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Hiking with Kids and Keeping Everyone Happy

by Aimee Kennedy, MS, RD Are you an adventure seeking parent and want to go hiking with your kids? Feeling a little nervous about taking them into the backcountry? 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. 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...

Healthy Chocolate Hummus Backpacking Recipe
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Healthy Chocolate Hummus Backpacking Recipe

This ultralight chocolate hummus backpacking recipe is absolutely divine and believe it or not, a healthy snack option! We would compare the hummus to a delicious bowl of brownie batter. Dehydrated chocolate hummus is an excellent cold soak mid-day treat or dessert after a long day in the backcountry. DISCLOSURE: THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS...

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...

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