Welcome back to the best backpacking recipes series for simple, on-the-go meal recipes. This article focuses on preparing easy meals for the morning breakfast and other food tips to help you take your homemade like nutritional supplements with you, right in your backpack. So let’s go ahead and talk about breakfast needs and what you can do with some simple ingredients and easy to follow cooking instructions for your home and on the trail.
First things first, the breakfast is THE most important meal of the day. Any regular breakfast taker knows this from first hand experiences of having missed out on even a single day’s breakfast. This basically means that you should be very careful with your diet plan especially if you’re on a overnight camping trip, waking up to a scheduled hike or trail. Having a lightweight, but well-balanced and nutritious breakfast will make sure that you don’t push your empty stomach to its limits, all the while making sure that what you ate allows your stomach to regulate the blood flow to the rest of your body after having been at rest for the long night.
On top of that, the stomach’s regulation of blood for the process of digestion will deplete the rest of your body of the needed blood (for your hike or other physical exercise) hence the lighter and more nutritious your meal, the bigger the favor you’re doing your stomach.
Moving on, having breakfast also allows your body to “wake up” because certain parts of your body are in direct control of your subconscious or their natural design by default. The breakfast being submitted to your stomach, allows the stomach (the central processor of your body’s nutritional intake) to call on the aid and assistance of any and all parts and processes involved in digestion, specifically calling them out of their “sleep mode” after 6-9 hours of consistent sleep and rest.
Keeping all the above in mind, a last note on responsibility. Make sure the recipes sit well with your companions and don’t contain items that may cause someone allergies or reactions. Also, dispose of all the utensils that you use properly keeping the plant clean and green. Now go ahead and check out the yummy treats for your early morning rise.
Mashed potatoes, almonds and honey
- 2oz potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of honey
- 1/2oz almonds
At home – Peel (if desired) the potatoes and boil them in water until mushy. Mash the potatoes and seal in a zip-fresh bag. Crush the almonds or leave them whole as preferred.
On the trail – Boil the potatoes if you didn’t before (requires mini-stove etc.). Once mushy, mash the potatoes, add the honey and almonds, stir together to make sure the honey reaches every ounce of mush. Pick up a spoon and enjoy.
Extra – Add other kinds of nuts, almonds should stay, unless they will cause allergies or reactions. Almonds have digestive enhancers and are a common treat.
Serving – 1 adult or child
Crystallized Honey Yogurt scramble
- 1 yogurt cup (Flavored or not)
- 1/2 cup mix of dry fruits
- 3 tablespoons of Honey
At home – Either freeze the teaspoons of honey and crush into granules, or find the granules settled in a jar of honey after a few days of opening it. Store the granules in a zip-lock.
On the trail – Add the granules to the yogurt with the dry fruits and enjoy.
Extra – If children are joining in on the treat, chocolate chips or strawberry/banana slices will have them licking the bottom of the cup!
Serving – 1 adult or 2 children
Cookie dough snack bars
- 8oz cashew nuts
- 0.1oz salt
- 0.1oz cinnamon
- 2-2.5oz Maple syrup
- 0.5-1oz Vanilla extract
- Add cashews, salt, and cinnamon to a blender and blend until fully chopped.
- Add the vanilla extract. Whilst stirring, add the maple syrup. If the mix is thick, add a bit of water or more syrup to ease the mix.
- Finally roll the mix into 2-inch rolls (or longer, fewer rolls) and wrap each of them in a plastic wrap.
On the trail – Pull out, hand over and dig in.
Extra – If children are going to be eating too, adding chopped strawberry or banana chunks will up definitely help finish them faster. Add chocolate chips if preferred.
Servings – depends on the size of the rolls you roll. The quantities mentioned should make about 4 2-inch rolls
- 2 slices of bread
- 1 egg
- Tasting of your choice (white or brown sugar, cinnamon, honey)
At home – Not much, just pack the things.
On the trail
- Scramble the egg and immerse the slices of bread in the scramble.
- Use about half a tablespoon of cooking oil to a heating frying pan and fry the egg-covered toasts to the pan.
- After giving each side a single turn, add the tasting of your choice right on top.
- Sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon or honey granules (if crystallized otherwise spread right before serving).
Extras – Any fruit extract can be used instead of honey if the above tastings are not desired.
Servings – Two toasts make a single serving for both adults and children. Adults may need more as these are easy to eat and quick to digest.
Note – This recipe makes use of cooking utensils.
Blueberry Almond Quinoa
- 1/3 cup dehydrated quinoa
- 2oz blueberries
- 2oz almonds
- 1oz cinnamon
- Milk (powdered or regular)
- 1/2oz sugar
At home – Not much, just pack the things.
On the trail – If milk is powdered, add water to the pan, then start adding the milk as you stir. If milk is regular liquid, let it heat. Start adding the rest of the contents while stirring, just after the liquid fill gets above lukewarm. Finally let the mixture settle and cool for 5-10 mins before munching it all away.
Serving – 1-2 adult or 2-4 children
Furthermore, the having oily foods or smoothies and milkshakes are always going to be heavier and more time-consuming in digesting as compared to solid foods that get chewed and hence are already mushy when submitted to your stomach for further processing. This allows the stomach to develop adequate quantities of stool as the body demands. This may come off as disgusting, but any serious hiker or camper will testify to the difficulty of digesting while hiking or simply walking with a belly full of liquids (even if it’s just water, which is much lighter than a milkshake).
One last thing, when you take fluids in access, the stomach will most likely produce a significant amount of urine, the passing of which will allow minerals and vitamins to get excreted without being properly or completely utilized.