Food Planning – The Trek

Kandace Wysock

Table of Contents Progress PreparingSouth Dakota Centennial TrailBreakfastLunchMealTreats & Dessert I take pleasure in producing and assembling backpacking foods.  It is relatively of a necessity considering that I am vegetarian, gluten free of charge, and love consuming nutritional meals on the trail.  Coupled with that is scheduling, as a extended […]

I take pleasure in producing and assembling backpacking foods.  It is relatively of a necessity considering that I am vegetarian, gluten free of charge, and love consuming nutritional meals on the trail.  Coupled with that is scheduling, as a extended path signifies possibly food items drops or resupplies in cities.  So much I like the foods fall technique.

Progress Preparing

Most of my lunch alternatives use quinoa as the foundation.  It effortlessly replaces couscous in any recipe after it has been dehydrated.  I prepare dinner a massive batch of quinoa (four cups of the grain, 8 cups of water) and permit it amazing.  Then I distribute it over nine dehydrator trays lined with parchment paper to prevent the compact grains from slipping as a result of.  It usually takes 10 several hours at 131°F.  The moment dry, the quinoa breaks into lesser clumps for quick bagging.  The grain is easily re-hydrated with 30 minutes of chilly soaking.


A handful of weeks in the past I manufactured fruit leather-based for the initially time.  I followed a recipe with equal amounts of clean fruit and scoby.  Scoby stands for “symbiotic colony of microorganisms and yeast” and is the mother or starter in a batch of kombucha.  Since I brew kombucha, I was hunting for a way to use retired scoby moms.  I dehydrated the fruit leather at the least expensive temperature attainable to retain the probiotic material of the scoby.  It turned out wonderful, effortlessly peeled off the trays, and tasted scrumptious.  Look forward to sharing it as a snack on this coming trip!

South Dakota Centennial Trail

The Centennial Path is 123 miles lengthy, traversing the Black Hills from north to south.  3 friends and I are mountaineering the path, aiming to total it in 10 days, which signifies a 12 mile common day-to-day distance.  On prior excursions of a identical tempo, it worked effectively for me to eat breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner, and the occasional dessert.


I enjoy a warm breakfast as it can be chilly in the early morning.  My normal is immediate oats combined with pea protein powder and dried fruit.  Incorporating extra fat is also key or my vitality stage will ebb more than the program of the morning.  Nevertheless, in the previous I struggled with this factor.  I included peanut butter or coconut oil, equally of which are messy in bulk so person packets were a lot easier, but it is a lot of packaging.  I became very plastic aware this previous calendar year.  For this vacation, I added butter powder and will see how I like it.


All my lunches are cold soak design.  8 of them have a quinoa foundation with lentils, garbanzos, or cashews included for protein and spices for flavor.  Just about every is made up of coconut oil considering the fact that I had some of the Trader Joe packets left more than from very last time.  I’m making an attempt anything unique for the other two lunches.  Dehydrated pinto beans and hummus mix with corn chip dippers.  I packed a tiny bottle of olive oil to use for the two dips as well as all my dinners.  Curious to see how the bottle functions, I will attempt to continue to keep it upright but bag it in scenario of leakage.


On the Colorado Path, I rotated three dinners.  In the finish, I appreciated two of them.  A person was taco shells with beans, dietary yeast, and avocado.  For that journey I dehydrated avocado slices (truly labored well), but didn’t get close to to it this time so I’ll carry a full avocado.  The other food I preferred was peanut noodles created with brown rice ramen.  In purchase to extend my dinner repertoire further than two meals, I am hoping a whole selection of noodle flavor variations on this trip.  The flavors are garlic parmesan, lemon butter, pasta primavera, spicy cashew, mushroom & TVP, and tomato pesto.  With any luck , at the very least a few will become new favorites.

Treats & Dessert

The snacks range from trip to excursion.  My sister is on this trip so I am confident she will provide a wonderful dessert!  I packed a Trailside Tiramisu, recipe courtesy of Backcountry Foodie (

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