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Eat healthy on the trail

  • Apr 15, 2014

Do you know what to eat if you can't grab it from the fridge? A visit to the great outdoors is about more than just getting back to your roots and learning how to live without a bevy of electronics. The simple things, such as knowing how to take care of yourself without a steady supply of food and being able to figure out how to support yourself without access to a faucet, are the real challenges you'll face when you're living away from the comforts of modern life. 

With just a few tips on how to feed yourself, however, you'll be well on your way to becoming a master outdoorsman, capable of looking at any adventure with excitement rather than apprehension:

The breakfast of real champions
Even though you're away from modern society, it's still important to eat a balanced meal. Breakfast should still be one of the first things you think about when you wake up in your tent, and according to The Kitchn, there are easy ways to assemble healthy meals at the campsite to give you enough energy throughout the day. Steel cut oats with fresh fruit, for example, is easy enough to cook over an open fire. With a basic metal pot and a little bit of water, you'll have a breakfast that will help sustain you.

Food for the hike
Make sure you're bringing along smaller snacks whenever you leave camp. Trail mixes that contain high-energy ingredients, such as nuts and blueberries, will give you strength, and if you forget your watch compass and somehow lose your way, you'll at least have sustenance enough to get you through until you make it back to the campsite. Try to bring water with you wherever you go, as well. Fill a canteen from a safe stream or bring enough bottled water with you for the duration of your trip so that you know it's safe to drink.