Spring break is next week and while most people are heading to the beaches, I'm spending the break hiking and camping on the Appalachian Trail! In preparation for the trip, I started doing some research on backpacking food for vegans and realized there are not a whole lot of resources out there for people who want to hike on a plant-based diet. So I'm going to show you all what I'm bringing for the trip, to give you some ideas if you too plan to go camping as a vegan!
The standard breakfast for backpackers, vegan or not, is oatmeal. I add some almond butter, chia seeds, and brown sugar for more flavor and nutrients. The unfrosted PopTarts are vegan, and although they aren't the healthiest thing you can eat, the extra calories are needed when you're hiking 10+ miles a day. Something hot to drink on chilly mornings is also nice to have, so I'm bringing tea!
Snacks are essential for a long hike- they give you the energy you need to keep going. I'm bringing an assortment of things because I don't want to get tired of eating the same trail mix every single day. I'm packing green pea crisps (they are lightweight and delicious!), crackers, lots of granola bars, and the classic "gorp".
I'm not including lunch in this post because someone else in our group is packing it for us, and it's so simple: just peanut butter and tortilla.
For dinner, I'm bringing lentils, rice, dried potatoes, dried tofu, packaged vegetables, and spices to give it all some flavor. I found the tofu and veggies at an asian grocery store, which is surprisingly a great place to find backpacking food! The lentils and rice cook in 5 minutes, and the potatoes simply need hot water- so this is a quick and easy meal to put together after a long day of hiking!
The extra things that I don't necessarily need, but like to have, are sour patch kids for a little boost during the day, hot chocolate for sitting around the fire, and chewing gum.
I won't be back on the blog for a week or so, but I will write all about my adventure after the trip is over!