Oatmeal (various flavors)
Breakfast Essentials (milk chocolate – high protein)
Folgers Single Coffee packet
Nutrigrain Protein Grain bars (various flavors) or
Pop-tarts (various flavors) or
I mix the first three together at night in my 16 oz. Nalgene bottle, fill it full of cold water, then let it cold soak overnight and enjoy in the morning. I supplement the mix with various breakfasts snacks that rotate depending on what I am craving. The mix provides a great kick in the morning and combined with the sugar of the hard snack I get the energy I need to start my morning.
Tuna Packet (various flavors)
Spam Single Serve
Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Both in Tortilla
I was a little afraid of those small grocery store tuna packets before the AT, now they are a staple of my diet. I alter between flavors, but typically stick to sriracha, buffalo style, and lemon pepper. The cheese lasts even in the heat, together it all makes a nice combo and mid-day energy boost.
PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter
Both in Tortilla
I love nutella, I knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow and sacrifice the extra weight for the luxury. The powdered peanut butter doesn’t taste the greatest when mixed with water, but topping the nutella is a great secondary taste.
Knorr Rice Sides (chicken fried rice) or
Knorr Asian Sides (teriyaki flavor) or
Ramen Noodles (various flavors) or
various Good-To-Go and Mountainhouse meals
Dinner is the time to provide the most variety in my diet. Ramen is the most basic foundation and although I typically try to avoid it the simplicity is hard to pass up. The Knorr sides are tasty, have great weight-calorie ratios, and are cheap. The big dogs are the dehydrated meals, easily the most expensive of all food options, they are the tastiest and most filling.
Cliff Bars (various flavors)
The snacks I pack out are a mixture of energy bars I’ll need while hiking and whatever else I can fit into my food bag. Usually an after thought, sometimes I’ll pick up certain snacks as a reward. I average about one snack every two hours, it usually depends on how I’m feeling and where I’m at.
Feel free to ask me any questions about my diet, if you have any suggestions on lightweight, cheap, high calorie foods please let me know!