Day food

Discussion in 'Kitchen' started by Jamess, Sep 8, 2018.

  1. Jamess

    Jamess Section Hiker

    On a recent trek I found it a struggle to eat the food I'd taken for the day.

    Evenings and breakfasts were fine but I've been nibbling on nuts and dried fruit for too many trips and I just couldn't face it.

    What do you take for day food on multi day trips?
  2. Baldy

    Baldy Thru Hiker

    The little squares of Cathedral mature cheese and digestive biscuits...…..and dried fruit.
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  3. Stuart

    Stuart Ultralighter

    I do try and eat a decent lunch so would have something hot done in the pot cozy (usually a stew or a pasta) or perhaps something a bit lighter like soup and couscous. On the first day I usually take something different and heavy like a bit load of sandwiches or wraps with fresh fruit and a piece of cake, something that would be too heavy to carry for longer or that would go off.

    On my last trip I skimped lunch having a couple of flapjack type bars. It was fine I was partly influenced by the wet weather but perhaps it would have been better to stop, put the tent up and have a longer break.
  4. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    Lunch is a funny one for me, am not a quick walker so don't burn cal's as fast I reckon so find alot of times I end up eating lunch for dinner. But with that said, I take cheese, cured/dried meat & some rye bread or small wheaten loaf, if hot preferred, instant noodles with some quick fried onion, garlic, pepper, courgette, carrot & salami or chorizo (20 odd years i've been making that & think it still tastes great :hungry:). Thin pasta with pesto, cheese & some of the same ingredients as the noodle dish used to be another one, but have dropped that in favour of a dehydrated pasta dish in the last year.
  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    I dont need lunch how i eat, regardless of calories burnt...but if i do feel the need...home made unmarinated jerky works...or a big lump of Pemmican
  6. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Not a great fan of unroasted nuts or dried fruit.

    Roasted salted nuts.
    And Olives.
    Crisps (puncture the bags and crush flat)


    Usually take bread -fresh rolls for first day then:
    Wraps
    Oatcakes
    Biscuits

    Fillings:
    Cheese. ( block and primula).
    Peanut butter,(sachets)
    Mayonnaise sachets as butter replacement..
    Tuna sachets.

    Happy to carry tomatoes and lettuce/salad to add to the above.

    Flapjack type things
    Trek bars


    If just for an overnighter, pork pie(s)


    Probably carry more food than many. But what a lot of backpackers carry as "lunch" looks pretty short/grim rations to me. I'm out to enjoy myself, and that includes food.
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  7. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    I don't have a set lunch. I have breakfast and dinner then a bunch of snacks. I do stop to eat "lunch" but it's usually dried fruit and nuts and some variation of chocolate/oaty bars/biscuits/jerky/mouldy sausage depending on what I fancy and most of the rest is usually gone by the time I stop for the day. I usually save something for after dinner though.
  8. cathyjc

    cathyjc Thru Hiker

    Much same as @Mole

    I like a proper sit down break for 'lunch' (times vary :rolleyes:)
    Bread/sandwiches if that's possible - with tinned sardines are v. good, cheese, preserved meats.
    I did use wraps with 'squeezy' cheese and ham etc. for a couple of years - but I've gone 'off' that ATM
    So now favour oatcakes and sliced cheese.
    Always followed up with an apple and maybe a sweet cake/biscuit. Some fresh food is important and I'm prepared to carry the weight.

    Over the years I found I eat more snacks as I go along - nuts, dried fruit etc. - and so the actual calorie intake at lunch has dropped, and that's OK.
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  9. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    I don’t really eat a lunch either. Been doing the nuts and dried fruit through the day. Occasionally varying the recipe is a nice way to keep it ok - recently in Isola 2000 the supermarket had caramelised almonds. I may or may not have spent twice my budget on resupply.

    I normally stop for a bit of a sit down. Usually around 10-30 minutes around “lunch time” to air the feet, dry any damp things by laying them out, if there’s no one around, wash myself and clothes (I can barely face doing this in the evening or morning, though it’s ok in the height of summer where the sun is setting late). Normally I’ll nibble my mix and sun bathe for some of this time. Sometimes I don’t do the chores and just sit around for 10 minutes. In either case I take several 5 minute sit downs through the day and normally eat more then.
    I’m mostly too lazy to cook anything.
    I might start bringing some no-cook lunch type things. Olives, mushrooms, wraps and wild spinach or nettle...


    If I’m with other people, we tend to take nice(heavier) picnic style lunches. This might be because the only friends I seem to hike with are french, and the thought of an improper lunch of snacks or dehydrated food... well none of them have ever had that thought. I begrudge the weight, but enjoy the company and the food :)
  10. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Nuts, meat sticks, pre-wrapped cheese sticks, peanut M&Ms, snickers, regular M&Ms, granola bars with chocolate chips, little cans of chicken with crackers (one of my favorites for lunch), chocolate chip cookies.
  11. OwenM

    OwenM Ultralighter

    I used to just eat flapjack type bars for my mid-day snack but felt it gave to much of a sugar spike and corresponding energy bonk. Tried squeegee cheese on rye bread but didn't find the rye bread kept as well as I'd hoped. I'm now trying rivita crackers their OK but need to be kept in a Tupperware box. I only stop for a short break 20 minutes or so and couldn't contemplate going on after a cooked meal.
  12. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    Malt Loaf (banana, normal, orange, chocolate, fruit, mini-loaves) and nut butter of all kinds (10k chocolate is going down nicely)...... jerky for the savoury flavour. Over a 1000 cals of marching fuel.
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2018
  13. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Dried fruit.
    Nuts and crisps.
    Carb and protein powders are my main food source.
    But I don't eat lunch ss such.
  14. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    And then I'll often insist on hauling several hundred grammes :eeker: of fresh tomatoes, red pepper, and other salad stuff, to go with it all too.:angelic: Even stretching to second or third day if poss..

    The pork pies however, are safe from my interferences :cool:

    If some decent samosas, or other nutrient rich, and tasty offerings can be sourced as well, then yes please, thank you very much :)
  15. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    With this thread I am wondering how much my food choices will have to change once I am in the UK...I know the US and the UK have different choices when it comes to the grocery store. I guess I'll be doing some experimenting
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  16. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    I don't stop, so have stuff that is eatable on the hoof. Bars can be too sweet after a while so started making my own more fat heavy bars. Almost all dry roast nuts, coconut butter etc.
    Quick rehydrating dried stuff works well, couscous, refried beans, even chilli and rice, all done without stopping. Long spoon and lidded beaker/coffee cup in side pocket.
    Coffee flavoured maltodextrin made up in same cup, 300 cal and some cafine.
  17. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    @DuneElliot some stuff just isn't available afaics, foil chicken packs (might be wrong about that)
    Instant Refried beans. But you might find some stuff is better, less mass/factory produced. Though I know there is a thriving farmers marker scene in some areas.
  18. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    For an overnighter I sometimes make pasties. I like Hugh FW's lentil and butternut squash recipe.
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  19. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker


    Oatcakes
    with a decent crumbly Lancashire cheese (keeps well).
    Nut/dried fruit mix containing almonds, brazils, walnuts, cashews, apricots (hunza type if poss, otherwise anything apart from the 'soft' ones which just have added moisture), and crystallised ginger (stupid excess sugar removed).
    Whichever cereal bar is on special offer at the supermarket (it's fun comparing ingredients etc and finding out how similar they are despite the hype).
    Jerky or Biltong if I can find a decent one which isn't mainly gristle.
    Salt and Vinegar Crisps.

    That comprises my 'daytime menu' for multiday hikes. If things get rough I can break into the emergency chocolate stash.

    Cooker use is normally restricted to breakfast and dinner. However, I may begin to take additional fuel and tea/coffee for the occasional midday brew in colder conditions. Perhaps.
  20. craige

    craige Thru Hiker

    You can always start a thread with what you currently use and we can collectively offer equivalents and alternatives.
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  21. Taz38

    Taz38 Thru Hiker

    Snickers, crisps, wraps, cheese, fish, dried sausage, crackers.
  22. JKM

    JKM Thru Hiker

    If i am stopping then Cheesy oatcakes with a sachet of peanut butter and some sliced parmesan or cheddar. If I don't stop that means I get a cheese course at supper (or second cheese course :) )

    Btw the parmesan at Aldi at the moment is absolutly superb, i slice it into 3mm slices separated by cling film and make a little packet of enough slices to match a small pack of oatcakes.

    Supplemented with various bars, salamis, gorp. i tend to have a selection in my pocket in 1/200cal sizes so I just choose according to what I fancy.
    'Kind' salted almond caramel bars are a current fave, I also buy a lot of the whitworths ''shots", particularly the date & almond or tropical ones.

    First day/day walks will always be a bought breakfast followed by something tasty from a deli. Preferably some kind of custard tart.

    If I am on my own I am unlikely to stop for long, and if I am with company we are frequently running late.
    Repetition does not bother me though.
  23. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    A big chunk of hard Italian cheese and a French sauscisson usually keeps me going for three or four days
  24. Fair Weather Camper

    Fair Weather Camper Thru Hiker

    And don't forget the free edibles available along the way..

    Myrtylles still going strong in Pyrenees right now.

    Looking forward to more blackberries, and other hedgerow goodies back in the UK.

    Meanwhile the Boulangerie in Luz, is going to undergo a thorough foraging tomorrow am.. :happy:
  25. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Section Hiker

    In the colder months, I like a hot snack for lunch. The packets of miso soup are good, plenty of salt if you've been sweating. Mugshots are quick and easy too. It doesn't take more than a few minutes to boil a mug of water for those.

    Oatcakes with parmesan are a staple lunch all year round.

    I find a lot of the snack bars just too sweet for me so my trail mix/gorp is a mixture of sweet and savoury. I make up a big tub before I go and portion it out. Start with a bag of bombay mix, add salted peanuts, mixed dried fruit, peanut M&M's, bits of jerky, some bounce balls broken into bit etc.
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