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July 18, 2010

How to Do Raw Food Backpacking

Among the many kinds of raw food travel, raw backpacking is probably one of the most exciting. You get to test what eating raw really means when you’re out of the kitchen. No blenders, no tools, just relying on pure creativity.

You can’t bring all the food you want either. Backpacking’s no. 1 rule is to always travel light. Then again, you don’t know how lucky you are because eating raw maybe one of the easiest ways to eat in the backcountry. (You don’t need to pack a stove or clean up afterwards!)

Things to Consider

When you’re on this kind of raw food travel, your supplies should:

- Be lightweight, but pack the most nutrients

- Travel well

- Have a longer shelf life

Things that You’ll Need

- Spill-proof, watertight but lightweight containers or bags

- Paring knives

- List of unsafe forage food in the wild

- Water-free sanitizers

Ideal Raw food Menu Items for Backpacking

1. Dehydrated food
You can either make your own or buy them pre-packaged at health food stores. Raw backpacking enthusiasts often take dried dates or raisins.

2. Freeze-dried produce
You can also stick to eating raw while hiking with a supply of freeze dried fruits and vegetables. Freeze drying is different from dehydrating because it also uses pressure to take out moisture in food. You can eat your freeze dried produce by soaking them in some water first, preferably in the morning, and then they’ll be ready to eat at lunch.

3. Nuts/seeds
Nuts and seeds provide the best nutritional punch for hiking. Hiking burns at least 5000 calories a day so be prepared to munch on a lot of these. They’re recommended for their high-fat content so they’re perfect for this kind of raw food travel. They weigh less than fruit but will fill you up faster.

4. Hard fruits like apples
Next on your raw food menu are hard fruits that won’t spoil as easily. Raw backpacking or not, you need food that’s easy to carry around when you travel. Even just one big apple is enough for your breakfast.

5. Hemp powder/ other superfood powders
Aside from nuts and seeds, superfood powders, including hemp are ideal for raw backpacking. They provide your body with much-needed minerals, plus they don’t weigh that much! Just mix them with water and you’re good to go.

6. Trail mixes
Another favorite for eating raw while backpacking are trail mixes. Make sure you include all the necessary ingredients to meet your protein/carb/fat quotient for the day. Eat them as often as you like whenever you feel hungry.

7. Familiar fruits in the wild
Most backpackers are wary of foraging to add to their raw food menu. You can stay safe if you stick to familiar fruits and berries. Blueberries and greens are okay. Remember, they’re always a good back up plan if your raw backpacking supplies run out.

July 8, 2010

The Raw Food Traveler: How to Pack

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It all comes down to the kind of personality you have.
Raw foodists have different ways of taking their food vocation with them.

If you are easy going, you would probably choose to travel light. You don’t want to obsess about too many details or bring a lot of stuff. If you are this kind of traveler you just want to enjoy your trip, you don’t want be weighed down with too much food planning.

The problem with this is: you may run into some frustrating unexpected surprises.

Now you may say that’s impossible, because raw foodists have to be disciplined at all times.  After all, the prep work is the main point of this eating lifestyle.

So to the more detail-oriented person, bringing every type of equipment is essential, no matter how bulky it is. If you belong to this group of people, you like to keep lists and get everything organized right down to the very last detail of your trip.

This is fine but sometimes but it can add more stress to the vacation itself. (Especially if you’re running late and have kids along.)

The trick is to find the right balance. Here are some points to consider when packing:

1. Where are you going?

Do some research and find out if there are good health food stores/ raw restaurants nearby. Have your standard shopping list ready. This may include a selection of produce, powders, snacks and other supplies that last a long time. If there’s no store, you can opt for farmer’s markets for fresh fruit and greens. You can also get fruits and salads at almost any hotel or restaurant.

2. How long will you be staying at your destination?

Consider the costs of eating out, making your own stuff and buying supplies. The longer you’ll have to stay, the bigger the chance that you’ll be making your meals often. You can save time with these tips:

One rawfood guru doesn’t like bringing his bulky blender so he just likes to pour honey over everything else. A gooey gourmet delight.

A popular rawfood chef relies on a portable blender for smoothies. This is another excellent time saver. Her favorite is mixing bananas and oranges, including some green powder and she’s good to go.

3. What kind of activities do you expect to be doing?

Rawfood planning is different for a person just traveling alone and another going with a group of people. Another rawfood blogger suggests traveling with like minded people so you don’t feel as pressured to limit yourself with your food choices.

If you expect a lot of sight seeing or walking around, its good to bring a lot of snacks with you. You can also try some exotic fruit that you find along the way.

4. What will you do in case of emergencies?(a. no supplies, b. you’re unexpectedly detained somewhere with no viable food choices)

Some people like to carry fruit around with them, rawfood snack bars or just a home made smoothie they make before leaving their accommodation.

Another raw foodie suggests bringing powders and water and just make your own concoction right were you are. You can store your powders in a baby powder container that has different compartments. Don’t forget bring to water everywhere you go. Its important to stay hydrated at all times.

In any case, the point is to always expect the unexpected. But make sure you still make room for spontaneity! The secret is to make your trip about what you want to do and not about just eating. Happy Traveling!

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