Protein, fiber, what else to pack?
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Preparation for the canoe trip continues. I did my ST for my arms this morning and have a few core moves to do after I blog.
It is funny how much of my SP training has trickled into the meal planning for trip. I am providing each car with a bag of fruit and veggies to snack on for the drive up. The chili I have made already so it will go in a thermos for the first night when we paddle into our site and it is loaded with veggies. I have taken charge of the gorp mix and this year it has no peanuts in it. It has a variety of nuts and seeds, some oats sweetened with apple juice instead of corn syrup, and dried unsweetened cherries and raisins and coconut. I also have offered to make the first morning's breakfast which is traditionally only oatmeal and fruit... but I'm adding poached eggs with lean bacon bits for extra protein using a bit of coconut oil for the poach pods to make clean up easy. Lunch will be pita, meat and cheese with zucchini slices and apples. Dinner the next night rice and beans cooked with rehydrated veggies, with a little bit of sliced steak, carrots, onions and zuccini grilled on the fire. I have chocolate to divy up for dessert for those who want to make smores or just enjoy a piece with their tea. The next breakfast will be oatmeal with rehydrated apple sauce with cinnamon and flax and cheese. The next lunch, rehydrated humus and pitas and beef jerky with rehydrated vegetable soup. DD has made beef jerky this afternoon and it is a little high in salt but given that the weekend is meant to be warm and we are paddling a long ways and doing lots of portaging so I think it will be good. We need to stay hydrated so salt is important.
The differences? No fatty sausages or bacon, no pies or cakes cooked over the fire. No candy in the gorp. More veggies snuck in. More protein and fiber. Homemade dehydrated items to reduce the salt and additives and increase the nutritional value. I am taking some extend bars and plan to eat one for mid morning snack so my blood sugars should remain stable. The others have hot chocolate and the gorp to increase their calories but I'm hoping to keep my portions in check. Water bottles... lots of them!
Ah... got to love this new way of thinking. Lots of food... still got to fit it all into the barrels tomorrow!