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Breakfast Idea / Easy, simple, and tasty oatmeal packets

I'm a simple gal. A hassle-free one, really. Backcountry meals really brings that out in me. So when I found this recipe for homemade instant oatmeal packets, I was sold! It's perfect for simple, nourishing backpacking breakfasts with (this is key) VARIETY!

I tried the exact recipe from the website and found that I wanted more milkiness, sweetener and flavor, so altered it to suit my palette. The best part of these recipes is that you can get really creative and mix & match flavors and make it what you want it to be. Here's my version of The Yummy Life's recipe:

Ingredients for oatmeal base

  • Small snack-size ziploc bag
  • 1/3 c instant or quick rolled oats
  • 2 tsp oat bran
  • 3 Tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

SHOP THE OATMEAL BASE INGREDIENTS

Ideas for Flavor Combos

  • Apricot-Ginger: 1 Tbsp chopped apricot + 1 Tbsp chopped crystallized ginger
  • Apricot-Almond-Coconut: 1 Tbsp chopped apricot + 1 Tbsp of almonds + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Ginger-Almond-Coconut: 1 Tbsp chopped crystallized ginger + 1 Tbsp of almonds + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Almond-Coconut:  1 Tbsp of almonds + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Banana-Apricot: 3 Tbsp freeze-dried bananas + 1 Tbsp chopped apricot
  • Strawberry/Banana-Coconut: 3 Tbsp of freeze-dried strawberry/banana mix + 1 Tbsp of coconut
  • Flax-Coconut-Almond: 1 tsp ground flax seeds + 1 Tbsp of coconut + 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Chia-Coconut-Almond: 1/2 tsp chia + 1 Tbsp of coconut + 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Blueberry-Banana-Almond: 2 Tbsp freeze-dried blueberries + 3 Tbsp freeze-dried bananas + 1 Tbsp sliced almonds
  • Apricot-Walnut: 1 Tbsp chopped apricot + 1 Tbsp chopped walnuts

HOW TO PREP

  1. Open up all the small snack bags
  2. Go through and systematically go through one ingredient at a time: oatmeal, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon, and then salt
  3. Chop up your preferred toppings (i.e. I chop the ginger, apricots, walnuts, macadamia into small pieces and don't worry about the freeze dried fruits because they'll get kinda crushed in your pack anyway.) 
  4. Add your toppings to each ziploc snack bag
  5. Seal up and label with the flavor + "Add 3/4c H2O" so you don't forget how much water to add. 

PREPARATION

  1. HOT: Put in your cup, add 3/4c-1c of water, stir and eat.
  2. NO COOK: Put in a ziploc bag (slightly larger) OR a ziploc twist n' lock, add water and let it sit overnight. When you wake up in the morning, breakfast is served. 

Chef's notes

  • I buy almost all the products from the bulk section at our local grocery store, so I just use what's available there. But if you don't have a natural food store in your hood, you can get any of the toppings online. Check out the variety!
  • You can make this however you want. You really can't go wrong.

SHOP FOR ALL YOUR FAVORITE FLAVORS

PROTIP: Just take one cup to eat and drink out of. Less mess, less cleaning. Simple! 

Have a suggestion for an awesome oatmeal combo? Tell me in the comments below. 

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Enjoy!

Lunch Idea / Flat Bread, Salami, and Cheese Wrap

Ever have NO IDEA what to eat for lunch in the backcountry? 

Dehydrated beef stroganoff? A dry bar? [Insert: Tongue sticking out, eyes all buggy with a "BlaahHh" sound]

Here's my latest lunch find that I sometimes even crave when I'm at home.
THE ELEVATED PAPA PITA GREEK FLAT BREAD, SALAMI, CHEESE WRAP

NUTRITION FACTS & SHOP*

ONE  |  Papa Pita Flatbread  |  200 calories  |  8g of protein
1 OZ  |  Tillamook Cheddar Cheese  |  110 calories  |  7g of protein
1 OZ  |  Columbus Peppered Dry Salami  |  90 calories  |  6g of protein
ONE  | Mustard packet**  |  5 calories  |  0g of protein
ONE  | Mayo packet**  |  80 calories  |  0g of protein

TOTAL  |  485 calories  |  21g of protein (at a minimum)


*All purchases made with these affiliate links support Snowqueen & Scout. Thank you!
**The mustard and mayo packets require you carrying a little bit of extra trash, but I truly think they elevate the wrap. It's so nice to have a little bit of fatty moisture! 

Sample Meal Plan

Here's a sample meal plan for a four-day trip. This is what I took on one of my solo trips, and ended up coming out with some leftover! 

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BREAKFAST
Oatmeal (4 servings)

LUNCH
8 Hawaiian bread rolls
4 Justin's nut butters

DINNER
4 bags of dehydrated soup + dried rice
Ramen

SNACKS
2 Luna bars
Gummy bears
Pretzels
Beef jerky
1 bag of peanut m&ms
4 pieces of candy
GU chomps (1.5 bags)
1 bag sport beans

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The reason for the leftovers was because: 
1) I took one extra dinner, which I ate instead of a breakfast serving of oatmeal;
2) I probably should've forced myself to eat some more snacks. I remember being a bit hungry during this trip, but it was so hot I struggled swallowing dry food;
3) I met two women who brought too much food and shared their dinner with me. (Other people's food usually tends to look tastier than my own on the trail. Why is that?)

What do you like to eat on the trail? 

Ramen is already awesome, but make it blow your mind!

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I'm not talking about any ramen, I'm specifically referring to Korea's finest Shin Ramen. Slurping up the hot and spicy noodles is perfect after a long day of hiking.

Imagine this: you're clean after bathing in an ice cold river; you're in your warm cozy pajamas, thick wool sock and crocs (if you have them); and you are hungry. You boil some water and pop in some ramen noodles (already pre-mixed with the msg-filled seasoning. It's looking real good, but you realize it's missing something. 

It's missing sprinkles of AWESOME that you never knew you needed: you've been missing out on dehydrated veggies!

To enhance your ramen, dehydrate yourself some green onion, carrots, onion, peppers -- pretty much anything you want -- and add some to your mix of noodles. It will provide extra nutrients, fiber, and filling in addition to a carby, salt-replenishing shin ramen. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can use your oven on a really low setting to dehydrate. Here's a great resource on how to dry veggies in the oven. Or there's always buying them at the store.