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I'm typically a terrible eater. If it wasn't for my girlfriend who's pretty much a vegetarian, I'd eat burgers everyday. Of course, this translates on the trail, and when I'm away from home, drive stops include In-n-Out and trail choices include copious amounts of beef jerky and meat-based dinners.
So on my most recent trip, when my buddy bought a bag of EXTREMELY heavy navel oranges and whole carrots.. I laughed. Seriously?! I told him that he was solely responsible for hiking those ridiculous suggestions into camp.
However, when we reached the peak at South Sister, we all hiked up an orange while my buddy brought the carrots. It was absolutely delicious. The orange hit the spot with the juicy texture and sweet taste. The carrot was just as satisfying. I was already feeling a little sick of the meat overload, as I was on a steady diet of Biscuits/Gravy/Bacon/Burgers during the drive up to Eugene, coupled with the 7+ ounces of beef jerky I had consumed. The fruit and vegetables were a nice change of pace. While eating our traditional bangers and mash meal... I was actually yearning for more fresh fruits and vegetables.. Imagine that?!?!
So.. I was thinking that for my next trip, I'd hike in some pre-cut kale, pre-cut onions, silken tofu that doesn't need to be refridgerated, and miso soup packs to be a little more health conscious. Maybe even throw in some ramen in there for the carbs. I figure if I ate better, I'd probably feel better. I'll take the weight penalty. Plus, that meal actually sounds somewhat appetizing. Furthermore, while I might not hike in a navel orange, I'd definitely take clementines. I like some of the dried fruit out there.. but nothing beats a fresh juicy orange/apple/asian pear/etc.
I'd like to ask this forum what are your thoughts on fruits and veggies on the trail? Worth the weight penalty? Any favorites? Not a huge fan of dehydrated foods.. but I've tried some of the Alpine Aire vegetarian options like the Leonardo da Fettuccine and the Pasta Roma which are ok. Not good.. but just ok... Additionally, I'll usually throw in salmon or tuna packs in them just to supplement my meat/protein cravings. I'd figure with tofu, my protein cravings would be somewhat quelled.