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BACKPACKING: Breakfast

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Breakfast has to be the easiest and least expensive meal for a scout to do while backpacking.  No need for the expensive freeze-dried meals because every grocery store in America sells instant oatmeal for about $2 for 10 packages.

Add some raisins and nuts to improve the calories and add some flavor.

A great option is to add freeze-dried strawberries or other fruit. This can be expensive at most stores, but our local Dollar Tree has .7 ounce packs of freeze-dried strawberries for their usual price of $1. There's much nutritional value to these, but it does add another 60 calories to the oatmeal. Great in the Strawberries and Cream flavor...

 

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17 hours ago, perdidochas said:

The southern alternative to this is grits. (although you shouldn't put freeze-dried fruits in it).

Maybe not, but grits are mighty tasty when you boost up the calories by adding butter, chese, and crumbled bacon.

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Repeat after me:

"There is no meal so mediocre.....

"That it cannot be improved with ketchup."  

Even grits.  

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16 minutes ago, SSScout said:

Repeat after me:

"There is no meal so mediocre.....

"That it cannot be improved with ketchup."  

Even grits.  

Despite spending all but the first 8 months of my scouting tenure below the Mason Dixon Line, I have yet to find anything that will make grits edible.  The name alone is enough to make my stomach roil.

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Regarding grits, oatmeal, cream-of-wheat .... for it to be a legit backpacking breakfast, add a dollop of peanut butter for the requisite protein infusion.

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A guy in our troop went backpacking with us and convinced me that daily protein is an important number when going for more than a weekend. I felt much better on that trip at the end. For a strenuous trip the recommended amount is 1 gr per kilo of body weight per day. For normal activities it's 0.8. The difference between the expensive and cheap dehydrated foods are the amount of protein. 

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4 hours ago, MattR said:

...the recommended amount is 1 gr per kilo of body weight per day. For normal activities it's 0.8. 

I'll take your word for it.

Since I like adding bacon to my grits, and I weigh about 85kg, and based on a nutrition facts label that tells me 1 medium slice of bacon gives me just under 3 gr of protein....I'm left to conclude that I should add about 28 slices of bacon to my morning grits.

Sounds like good advice to me!!!!

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43 minutes ago, mrkstvns said:

conclude that I should add about 28 slices of bacon to my morning grits.

Yes, but that means you only get to eat salad the rest of the day :) But you do get to add probably 5 slices. And that's the only way I could handle grits. Well, a lot of butter works as well. I'm sure peanut butter would work as well.

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For those who like grits, add a Bouillon cube to the water when heating to boil. 

Barry

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1 minute ago, Eagledad said:

For those who like grits, add a Bouillon cube to the water when heating to boil. 

Barry

Great tip! That makes sense, I do the same when making plain white rice.

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1 hour ago, DuctTape said:

Great tip! That makes sense, I do the same when making plain white rice.

Too bad they don't sell Bacon Boullion...

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