Updated: May 4, 2021
If you've been following us, you know that we are more and more engaging in long and remote outdoor adventure. From a 3 weeks long pack raft adventure in Greenland to crossing Hardangervidda in winter, the Europe biggest mountain plateau, we are progressively accumulating the skills and experience to enjoy being in remote location for long period of time.
Our gear & food for our 3 weeks Greenland trip.
To engage in such trip, one of the most crucial question to answer is food. Especially if like us you adopted a vegan diet. Not only a good food plan will increase safety by fuelling your body with proper nutrition, it will also fuelled your spirit during tough moment when you know a delicious meal is waiting for you at the end of the day.
Here are our top 3 tips for plant based expedition food planning.
Dry freeze food:
The market offers many options covering a broad range of taste starting from boarder line disgusting to mega delicious. One of our personal favorite is the brand outdoor herbivore. This brand offers by far the most variety of vegan meals and make it very simple to plan long trip by proposing a selection of breakfast lunch and dinner to feed one or two hungry persons for a week. During our Greenland adventure we literally eat this everyday for almost 3 weeks without getting bored and loving every meal. These meals deliver 2000 calories per day in a lite weight packaging, you only need to add hot water but this can't be done in the packaging itself like most brands, you will need to bring a receptacle to hydrate the food.
Preparing an outdoor herbivore meal
Lately, we've been using products from a Norwegian brand "Drytech, REAL turmat". These has been perfect for last minute trip since we could find these products in sport shop in Sweden and Norway without having to order online. On top of this, these meals are directly prepared and eaten in the packaging, which comes really handy by cold temperature.
Getting extra calorie:
Depending the temperature and the intensity of your daily activity you might run low with 2000 calorie per day. We already experience massive energy breakdown during our first winter trips due to lack of discipline in our eating routine. To eat the extra calorie necessary in cold temperature we bring extra olive oil to season our meal, home made peanut butter and chocolate energy bomb and home made energy bar made with coconut oil, chia seed, dry fruits and oats. You really want to use as much as possible fat to make sure these snacks will not freeze and carry them in your jacket to keep them warm and easy to consume.
Low temperature playground requires more calorie intake
What about fresh greens:
eating fresh greens is a luxury when being out for long period of time but it is very heavy to carry and difficult to conserve. The best solution is to sprout seeds. The only thing you have to do is to store a scoop of seed in a net, rince them twice per day, and expose them to the sun by carrying the net on the outside of your back pack and hope you will not encounter freezing temperature, if so you are guarantee to eat fresh green which is an absolute treat to enhance a menu compose of dry freeze food.
We still have a lot to learn, such as managing 6000 calories per day for polar expedition and figuring out the best eating routine when you are too busy with the daily activity such as snow kiting for example.
We hope these advices will help you and please share with us your favorite tips for plant based outdoor food planning.