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    You're "lucky" I'm home sick and have no attention span, so I'm finally going to bang out my list.
    • Grocery store chewy granola bars
    • Clif bars. Sometimes I remember to cut them up first. Sometimes not.
    • Those packs of crackers with cheese in between. Tend to crumble so eat early in the day.
    • Bagels with hummus (cut up).
    • Crackers with cheese cubes
    • Alton Brown's protein bars. That episode has two other bar recipes (including a good riff on marshmallow-rice krispie bars) but this is the one that works best for me.
    • GU. No I never eat it but I bring one just in case. Handy for rubbing in the cheek of someone who's nonresponsive.
    • Clif shot blox. Rarely eat but this is what I carry for more normal "just sugar" use. Cran-raz or margarita.
    • Tailwind. Okay this is the pure sugar I actually consume. I do one bottle of water and one of tailwind.
    • Trail mix. Mixed nuts and berry mix and honey cashews and butter toffee cashews and cinnamon almonds and dried fruit and dried mango and dried pineapple and bridge mix and dark chocolate peanut m&ms and dark chocolate cherries and dark chocolate marzipan. Mix up in a big batch every month or two. These guys get a ridiculous amount of my money and no, I don't get kickbacks.
    • Ginger miso eggplant jerky. I've done a portobello jerky too but this is better.
    • Sticky rice cakes from Feed Zone Portables. Chocolate coconut blueberry recipe here...if you quarter the recipe it'll go nicely in a loaf pan. They don't keep for more than about a week and don't freeze well at all. So worth the effort though.
    • Muffin tin frittatas, also from Feed Zone Portables. One recipe here. They keep and freeze pretty well. Again I get no kickback on the book, but I do think cycling food is a good reference point for hike food, as a somewhat lower intensity all-day activity.
    • Just thought of it a couple of days ago, but going to try bringing those horrible hand-sized fruit pies (think like the McDonald's apple pies) and slapping a hand warmer on about an hour before eating.


    EDIT: And stroopwafels.
    EDIT2: Fig Newtons. How could I forget fig newtons.
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    FYI , those horrible hand pies are basically composed of two parts, the filling which is actually not that bad basically cooked fruit and sugar with a gelling agent and the crust which is horrible to most. It basically flour and whatever room temp hard fat that is politically acceptable. These days Palm Oil seems to have replaced Transfats as the hard fat of choice although I expect good old lard still shows up in the cheap Dollar General tabletalk lookalikes. Best thing to do is throw away the crust and eat the filling or do as a long distance hiker I once met did and vacuum seal packs of canned fruit pie filling for energy shots.

    Little Debbie was a very late adopter of palm oil instead of transfat and Lance the maker of the packaged crackers also delayed it as long as possible as transfats had far longer shelf life (years) then Palm Oil which can go rancid unless appropriate chemical stabilizers are added. Many of the military MREs were made with transfats and I dont know if they ever shifted over to Palm oil. Hard to worry about eating healthy when someone is shooting at you.

    The boomer generation is probably the most impacted by transfats. I expect the damage from transfats will be showing up in autopsies and heart surgeries for another 30 or 40 years as that grand experiment works its way through the system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peakbagger View Post
    Best thing to do is throw away the crust and eat the filling or do as a long distance hiker I once met did and vacuum seal packs of canned fruit pie filling for energy shots.
    Ha. We always did pie filling in two pieces of bread with the "tonka toaster" in the fire. Brings back memories.

    I try to lean more towards "real food" stuff I make myself but some prepared stuff is awful convenient. You're right that it's smart to distinguish between "caloric but I'm burning it" and "not terribly healthy for reasons other than calories." I wouldn't bring more than one of the pies in a day.

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