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KIMCOLLINGS
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5/25/12 3:22 P

Great ideas.Thanks for helping me out. I forgot all about the tuna packs! That will definitely be on my list along with the other items.

Edited by: KIMCOLLINGS at: 5/25/2012 (15:23)


JENG829
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5/24/12 7:18 P

*Nuts & dried/freeze-dried fruit for snacking and to give your oatmeal some "oomph" in the morning.
*Tuna pouches as were mentioned below (either tuna salad or just the tuna & bring mayo packets to mix in), can make tuna wraps with tortillas.
*Lara bars & Kind bars generally have healthy & recognizable ingredients.
*Beef jerky for protein.
*Mini-bel cheese - the kind wrapped in wax (depending on temps, these can survive a few days)

just a note... although the food they provide may not be "healthy", the high calories may not be a concern if you are hiking, canoeing, and carrying a backpack most of the day. Just make sure you eat enough to keep your energy levels high all week. (For example, when I backpack I often eat 2 to 3 times my normal amount of food per day and still manage to lose quite a bit of weight each trip) Anyway, have fun!



ZIGGYSTARSHAY
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5/24/12 2:51 P

Definitely nuts, almonds. I think I eat a handful or two of almonds everyday - tide me over til mealtime! Dried fruit (high sugar though) or even canned fruit, that doesn't need to be refridgerated. I like ANARIE's idea of the starkist tuna packets, definitely a good one. I love to season and roast chickpeas and throw them on my salads, but they are such a yummy snack too to munch on - high fiber low cals! Popcorn..especially if you would have a fire to cook them over instead of lugging around an already popped bag.



SLASALLE
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5/24/12 2:47 P

Nuts of any kind are good (and very lightweight). they are good protein and healthy fats, but you have to watch portions. Granola and trail mix would also work, but some are healthier than others!

Dried fruits would work too. Even some fresh fruits - apples, grapes, oranges and bananas do not have to be refrigerated.

Hope these ideas help.



ANARIE
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5/24/12 2:42 P

Starkist makes prepared tuna salad in foil packets that's low in fat, high in protein, and not at all nasty. There are other flavored tuna products in packets and pull-top cans, as well. If you'll have a way to heat them, look for Tasty Bite or India Kitchens prepared curries in pouches. You'll have to read labels, because some are very high in fat and calories, but others are totally reasonable. They're extremely high in sodium, but you'll probably be perspiring a lot more than normal, so it shouldn't be too huge a problem.

Also, if you scroll down just a little, there's thread on this forum today about camping food where you can get ideas.



KIMCOLLINGS
Posts: 2,301
5/24/12 2:19 P

I'm going on a week long canoe trip with our scout troop. The menu is very high in calories (and not exactly healthy). I'm trying to think of snacks and/or meal replacements that I can take. They would need to be light weight and can't be refrigerated. Any ideas? So far, I have oatmeal packs for breakfast.



 
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