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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 9, 2010

Raw Food Basics: What You Need to Know Regardless of Your Travel Destination

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If you’re planning to travel on a raw diet, you can be overwhelmed with the kind of preparation you have to make, but knowing your raw food basics can make it easier. All you have to remember are three things and you’re home free. Here are the key elements of basic raw food menu planning – whether you’re traveling to cities with good health stores or some remote location where they don’t even know what “organic” means.

Know Your Raw Food Basic Ingredients

According to Wikipedia, there are different types of raw food diets, and you can choose from a variety of vegan/vegetarian or raw meat products that can fill your nutritional needs. For traveling, it’s recommended that you stick to greens, fruits, nuts or seeds as a safety precaution. (Raw meats or meat products don’t store very well and can make you sick). You can also opt for raw food snack bars to add to your supplies.

If you’ve been on a raw diet for a while, make sure you have your list of favorite foods as well as a list of foods that cause allergies or those that just don’t agree with your system. Know each item’s shelf life so that you can plan ahead with your shopping. (Also take note of customs policies at airports which don’t allow fresh fruits or other produce coming in or out of their territory.)

Raw Food “Cooking”

Some of the major raw food basics about preparing food include many ways to mix, blend, sprout, juice or dehydrate ingredients. It basically boils down to your travel personality and length of your trip. If you like to pack everything short of bringing your own kitchen, you can be a lot more creative with your raw food menu. Those who like to travel light can just choose to live on salads with the help of a trusty knife.

Just remember to have enough storage kits and compartments for the essentials (at the very least, snacks) so that you won’t be caught starving in the middle of nowhere.

Tools of the Trade

Unless you’re just going to pick a fruit right off a tree somewhere, one raw food basic rule almost always applies: have a handy tool with you anywhere you go. This can include anything from a small knife, a portable cutting  board to something bigger like blenders or dehydrators (if you really want to make something special). Shop around for reviews to get the equipment that you can be comfortable with.

And the most important thing to remember is to have fun! Traveling is not just about eating but taking all that scenery in.

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