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#118733 - 07/25/09 08:32 PM Breakfast
Bushman Offline
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What do you all eat for Breakfast? I know theres the usual granola, oat meal and such, but what else? I am curious to see some other alternatives. If you could, post the nutrition info, the important stuff that is.

Just trying to gather ideas for breakfast.
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#118738 - 07/25/09 11:54 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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I usually eat homemade granola from a recipe I copped out of Recipes For A Small Planet, so many years ago I am embarrassed to recall.

However, in accordance with the fine old tradition of eating cold pizza for breakfast, you can eat whatever you darn well please for breakfast - any old thing that sounds good to you. No one else needs to know what that might be: instant grits and maple syrup or thai curried soup, it makes no never mind to me.

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#118743 - 07/26/09 10:10 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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I usually go with instant oatmeal or Cream of Wheat, with an occasional pancake breakfast. When I want to impress a woman, though, I'll make my "fruit-dumpling surprise," a recipe I adapted from a book called "The Hungry Hikers Book of Good Cooking" by Gretchen McHugh. It consists of rehydrated dried fruit in a brown sugar sauce with dumplings boiled on the surface.

It's fuel-intensive, but God is it good, and filling too. The dumplings soak up the sauce and fruit flavors on the outside, but are nice and fluffy on the inside. When I have the time I'll post it on the recipe thread.
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#118746 - 07/26/09 11:42 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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For me, a hot breakfast is not always desirable. I rarely eat one at home, and I'm not much for eating a different menu on the trail. And finally, after on-and-off backpacking for decades, I've come to the conclusion that I don't really want to hit the trail with a 'filling' breakfast weighing in my gut.

So when I don't feel the need for a hot breakfast, I'll have a couple Logan bread bars and a cup or two of a mix of Carnation Instant breakfast, Nido, and instant coffee/expresso. All of which gives me lots of vitamins, minerals, fat and fiber and lots of calories without a heavy feeling.

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#118757 - 07/26/09 03:48 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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If I am fishing I like to go out early and catch a fish - fried fish with cheesy potatoes.

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#118764 - 07/26/09 05:32 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Fiddleback]
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My approach is similar to Fiddleback's --- no hot breakfast, I drink a protein shake and a trail bar, and add general lunch/snack fixings as desired.
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#118767 - 07/26/09 07:11 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: BrianLe]
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All great input. I also find i dont like a super filling breakfast. I am still looking for a breakfast that will be around 1000 calories and still not be super filling...i am still looking. So far a small bowl of any old oat meal with fruit and warmed bread with peanut butter is almost there. I would also put TVP in the oat meal for protein.

Fried fish would be a great breakfast!

I am also looking into trail baking for breakfast, like muffins and such. Though i am having trouble doing this with an alcohol stove. Cant get the stove to simmer, i am using a two piece cat stove.

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#118774 - 07/26/09 09:59 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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I am the same as daisy; if I am going on a four day trip and I intend to fish where I am going then I will probably eat fish three or four times (once or twice a day) while I am up there. Not only is fish great for you, but it also saves on the amount of food you need to carry.

If that is the case then my wife and I, occasionally , as a little treat may carry in a few potatoes (baked the night before) and cook up some hash browns.

Most of the time it is just granola, oatmeal or pancakes. You can also look into the freeze dried eggs and bacon combination which isn't bad.



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#118782 - 07/27/09 11:10 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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Usually one of
Pop Tarts
Granola and Nido milk
Instant Oatmeal
Egg and Typhus (half a mountain house eggs with half an idahoan mashed potatoes)

Most of the time I like a hot breakfast, sometimes not. I mix and match to what I feel like, and whether or not I'm
trying to get up and start hiking quickly or sit around for a little bit and chill in the morning.

It also depends how cold it is smile



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#118803 - 07/27/09 08:25 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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My favorite is mashed taters, sausage and egg. Instant taters, dehydrated sausage, egg mix.

Other favorites are really cheesy instant grits, lentil soup, miso soup, protein drink mix, or anything I feel like eating - sometimes I eat breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast. Just depends. A fresh trout makes good breakfast food also.
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#118808 - 07/27/09 09:35 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: lori]
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Instead of putting TVP in your oatmeal, try topping with nuts. Walnuts over oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar, Pecans with oatmeal and maple syrup, Almonds and dates , the possibilities are endless and yummy!
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#118815 - 07/27/09 10:54 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: thecook]
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Who puts TVP in oatmeal????

I don't like oatmeal or TVP. Ew.
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#118829 - 07/28/09 01:05 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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Without exception, instant oatmeal and coffee/hot chocolate. It's my favorite meal. I just don't feel the same on the trail without a hot breakfast.
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#118837 - 07/28/09 04:07 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Trailrunner]
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Originally Posted By Trailrunner
Without exception, instant oatmeal and coffee/hot chocolate. It's my favorite meal. I just don't feel the same on the trail without a hot breakfast.


Yeah, but nothing gets you haulin' as fast and with as big a crash at the end as pop tarts and a litre of double strength coffee smile I don't do it very often because I can feel the effects (and I need to have some more healthy snacks to balance out the rush or I crash fast.. nothing like pure sugar!)

But for those days where I'm getting up early and doing 1000 meters of vertical in the morning, nothing else gets my fat tushy walking uphill as fast wink

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#118840 - 07/28/09 05:57 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: lori]
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Originally Posted By lori
Who puts TVP in oatmeal????

I don't like oatmeal or TVP. Ew.


Ha ha! I have now replaced the TVP with pecans, walnuts and brown sugar. My first meal after breakfast is something sugary to get an energy boost.

I also eat a mix of oatmeal and granola for breakfast, with powdered milk.

Still cant push my self to buy those dehydrated breakfasts, like the eggs.
Trail baking still eludes me!


Edited by Bushman (07/28/09 06:07 PM)

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#118845 - 07/28/09 06:37 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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I've had periods where I practically lived on oatmeal. It makes me feel ill to think about it now. I usually have grits/polenta, potatoes with some rehydrated or dry meat of some kind, or instant egg mix - or fresh eggs, which actually keep for a few days on the trail if you can figure out how to package them in shell. Sometimes I just eat a trail bar of some kind. But I always have coffee.
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#118860 - 07/29/09 08:33 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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It depends on how long I'm out on the trail. But I like to bring hard boil eggs for a few days of trail. A hunk of cheese with it is good, too. Carnation Instant breakfast (chocolate) with a Lara bar. Sometimes I bring bagels and smear it with p'butter or Nutella. If it's cold enough I bring cream cheese. I'm not a big breakfast eater.

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#118870 - 07/29/09 01:30 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
Bushman Offline
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Ate cream of wheat for breakfast this morning and I cant say I like it all that much...
But in a few days I am going to hike the Tahoe Rim, so Ill "test" all these breakfast ideas while I am out there. Ill have to try mashed potatoes for breakfast.


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#118875 - 07/29/09 05:02 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: Bushman]
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just wanted to quickly comment about mashed potatoes. We found that adding extra water to freeze-dried dinners and adding instant mashed potatoes expanded it to make quite the filling dinner....better suited for the 2 persons it was advertised for.

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#118879 - 07/29/09 05:47 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: swammie]
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I think this will be nicer or not-as-nice depending on the freeze-dried dinner flavor.

I could also see this becoming a sort of stone soup situation: "I like it if I add some noodles, oh plus some meat, and I like to add in some flavoring and vegetables ..." smile

Seriously, I think it's a great idea to extend a pre-packaged meal in this way.
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#118885 - 07/29/09 07:30 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: BrianLe]
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the boys used it to thicken the mix in order to smear it on a tortilla too. Spaghetti burrito is a favorite now!

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#118887 - 07/29/09 08:24 PM Re: Breakfast [Re: swammie]
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When I did freeze-dried meals I use to extend them with Ramen noodles. But I think I like the mashed potato idea better...especially given the great flavors of the Idahoan instant mash...

Instant mash for breakfast is interesting too...

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#118894 - 07/30/09 12:40 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: Fiddleback]
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The real key for me for mash for breakfast is I like to add in the pre-cooked and dehydrated mountain house egg and bacon things. (NOT regular powdered eggs.. yuck!)

If I don't have those I throw in a whack of real bacon bits - but I go out of my way to get the mountain house egg and bacon or egg with ham and peppers to put in it.

Half an idahoan packet, and half of a Mountain House Eggs with a cup and a half of boiling water added is perfect. I split them at half at home and put 'em in ziploc freezer bags for the trail.

(called "egg and typhus" on the trail with me due to a swedish friend who couldn't read "egg and taters" I wrote on the bag..)



Edited by phat (07/30/09 12:42 AM)
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#118895 - 07/30/09 12:43 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: phat]
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How about adding a foil package of spam to instant ashed potatoes?
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#118897 - 07/30/09 12:52 AM Re: Breakfast [Re: thecook]
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Originally Posted By thecook
How about adding a foil package of spam to instant ashed potatoes?


It could work well, although for me, I'd probably have to ask for something with a little less spam in it. But that's just my taste wink
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