Long hikes can be a challenge if you are on a low carb plan such as the Atkins, Zone, South Beach, or Paleolithic Diet. You won’t be able to buy food in some remote areas. The good news is that there are many ideas for travel food to pack for your hiking trip.
What to Keep in Mind and Things to Pack
The lack of fridge is one problem to consider. You may want to bring an icebox or insulated ice chest to preserve food and keep it cold. And while some camping sites offer modern equipment, cooking can be a problem. You may have to do without utensils, pots, a microwave, and an oven. One option is to bring a portable oven with you, but this depends on your itinerary. You can use a portable oven for you hunting, hiking, and camping trips. This is a good option for car hiking. You can prepare anything, from baked fish to lasagna, cookies, corn bread, muffins, and cakes. Some ovens weigh just 24 ounces and are ideal for backpacking trips. Of course, you also need cooking pans and utensils. Ovens made from aluminum are durable, flexible, and lightweight.
Ideas for Healthy Low Carb Snacks
You can prepare healthy trail food and low carb snacks for you hiking trip. Dried meats such as pemmican and jerky and string cheese are convenient choices because they supply enough calories, fats, and protein for your hiking trip. You can also bring salmon or chicken in foil pouches, as well as powdered eggs, powdered shakes, and freeze dried meat. Another option is to pack the ingredients in containers and cook onsite. You can prepare a tasty omelet with dried eggs, chives, cheese, jerky, or bell peppers. If you love nuts, buy trail mixes with seeds and nuts, as well as energy bars and nut butter. Bring raw organic almonds as well. Of course, you can buy processed and readymade food, but it is more expensive. What is more, processed food is packed with preservatives, additives, chemicals, artificial sweeteners and flavorings, and added salt and sugar. What you can do is cook before your hiking trip. Make bouillon and pack dehydrated vegetables, meats, and spices in separate containers and bags. Freeze dried foods are a convenient choice for a long hiking trip. Just pour some water in the bag pouch to cook freeze dried vegetables.
Wild Plants and Mushrooms
Gathering greens, berries, mushrooms, and seeds is also an option, but you must be careful. There are poisonous plants and mushrooms such as panther cap, deadly webcap, fool’s funnel, false morel, jack o’lantern, and others. Some mushrooms are highly toxic and cause damage to the kidneys and liver. In some cases, patients need a liver transplant because an antidote is not available. Toxins in poisonous mushrooms cause respiratory and kidney failure, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal irritation, and hallucinations. There are poisonous wild berries as well. Examples of poisonous berries include the American pokeweed, sticky currant, and climbing nightshade. Avoid elderberries as well. While they are added to wine, jellies, pancakes, and pies, the roots, twigs, and leaves of unripe elderberries may cause vomiting and nausea. Other poisonous plants include the castor bean, English yew, white snakeroot, and oleander.