It’s my first day on the Appalachian Trail! Right before I left, I realized I am not as minimalistic around food as I may have indicated in my last blog. My pantry list has grown considerably since then.
I will not be taking everything on my revised pantry list with me at one time. I purchased additional items so they can be sent on occasion to post offices along the trail. My pantry will supplement my provisioning along the way and provide some real reprieve to the noodles and Slim Jims I will need to purchase along the trail.
I created “mini pantries” to represent my dietary needs, as well as flavor profiles. The categories are protein, carbohydrates, snacks, seasonings and beverages. From there, the ingredients are divided into sub-categories: Japanese, Indian, Thai, Mexican, Italian and Breakfast.
In the morning, I plan to have a simple snack or breakfast with some instant coffee or tea. I purchased dehydrated yogurt, which I’m kind of excited about! It has 9 grams of protein and can be simply dissolved in water and used like milk. I can soak oats and raisins in it overnight and either heat it or eat it room temperature in the morning. I can also use the yogurt as a simple protein shake. I’m considering adding chia seeds to the yogurt for a great protein, fiber and energy drink in the morning.
Throughout the day I plan to snack on nuts, nut butters, energy drinks, more chia seeds and food bars. I imagine that my snacks will ultimately be influenced by what I can find in the stores off the trail.
The evenings is where cooking will actually happen. I don’t think I will have a huge variety in styles of dishes but I’m hoping I can get really creative with the flavors. My dinners will be some kind of carbohydrate such as jasmine, Thai or short grain rice, quinoa or noodles. I’ll incorporate some kind of protein such as beans, canned meat or fish, vegetables, seasonings and fat. In my pack right now are sprouted lentils, Thai rice, red curry paste, and Hooray Puree spinach and coconut puree. This all cooks at a similar rate and although it may look a bit sloppy when I’m done, I think it will taste delicious!
My Updated Pantry
Dehydrated yogurt powder
Dehydrated and sprouted beans
Assorted prepared Dal
Dehydrated strawberries and bananas
Dehydrated mixed vegetables
Hooray Puree’s Carrots, Squash and Spinach
Assorted prepared Indian vegetables
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