TROPICAL TRAIL SALAD

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Since I try to eat most of my meals organic, I make and dehydrate my backpacking meals myself. This gives me lots of variety on my trips and I know I am getting healthy balanced meals. Tropical fruit salad is one of my favorite lunch meals. It can be eaten cold right from the ziplock bag it is stored in or as I prefer… out of a 16oz. ziplock container. After my morning breakfast I can add the fruit salad to the container and add just enough water to cover the contents and by lunch it is ready to eat.

I really like using the ziplock container on the trail. It is easy to eat out of and clean up…just add a small amount of water to the container, tighten lid and shake, remove lid and drink remaining water. Truthfully I don’t even clean it sometimes. It saves me the hassle of cooking in my pot, which is not easy to clean. I use my pot just to boil water for a hot meal…just add boiling  water to the contents in the ziplock container and let the meal rehydrate for 20 minutes or so. And if I can’t eat a whole meal at once I can just put the lid on the container and save it for later.

This recipe is from Lipsmackin’ Backpackin’

Authors: Christine and Tim Conners

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TROPICAL TRAIL SALAD

2.5 C minute brown rice
.5 C lemon juice
.5 C coconut milk
1 carrot grated
1 apple grated
2 stalks celery sliced
1 C shredded cabbage
1 C chopped dried apricot
.5 C chopped dates
.25 C almonds toasted
1 T dried parsley
1 t salt
.25 C honey

AT HOME

cook rice according to package directions-i use organic brown basmati rice

toss rice in a large bowl with lemon juice and coconut milk—let marinate for 30 minutes-i use canned coconut milk

add remaining ingredients and mix well

on 4 separate drying trays, evenly spread about 2.5 cups of rice mixture, then dehydrate—each tray will make a single serving-i fill one 16oz ziplock container and spread it on a single tray-this way when rehydrating i know the meal will fit in the container.

once dry add to a quart size ziplock freezer bag to eat from the bag-or one snack size bag with hold the contents for one 16oz ziplock container

ON TRAIL

on the trail—several hours before lunch add 1 cup water to a single serving bag-since i don’t carry a measuring cup on the trail i just add enough water to cover the contents in the container.

NOTES

i usually triple the almonds for extra protein and fat

this is a great lunch since it doesn’t have to be heated
Calories: 580
Protein: 11g
Fat: 17 g
Carbs: 108g
Fiber: 8g
Sodium: 640mg
Cholesterol: 0mg

Long Trail

Wednesday March 2, 2016

I should be starting my Long Trail adventure on August 15, 2016 with my Aunt Julie. We decided to do this trail together a year ago and we still have 5 more months to wait before hitting the trail. I’m getting anxious to hike especially since my last hike got cut so short with my accident. August can’t get here soon enough!

When I was in Vermont in August 2014 for our family reunion, Julie took me on a number of day hikes in the area and I fell in love with hiking. As we were on these hikes I saw numerous people out backpacking and I knew I wanted to try it. So being the extremest that I am, when I got home I found an outfitter about an hour away and purchase all the gear I would need and started backpacking. My first 3 day trip was planned 2 months later on the Appalachian trail in North Carolina. After this trip I was hooked! Thank you Aunt Julie for introducing me to hiking!

Aunt Julie has always wanted to hike the entire trail and has just been doing day hikes up to this point, but there are some sections of trail that are to long to do in a day so I suggested we do the whole trail end to end together. She was really excited about it so we made plans to do it. This is something she has wanted to do for a long time and I just want to hike for the adventure of it.

The Long Trail is a 273 mile footpath, following the main ridge of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts-Vermont line to the Canadian border as it crosses Vermont’s highest peaks. I have to admit that some of those mountains make me pretty nervous since I have a fear of heights. One of the hikes Julie took me on during the reunion was Mount Mansfield which is part of long trail and I confess I did have a minor panic attach while trying to climb to the summit, but Aunt Julie coached me through it and I made it. I just had to be rescued at the top by Uncle Brian (aka My Hero) because I wasn’t going to hike back down it…too scary. On each hike I go on I seem to do better and better with the heights so I am hoping with my experience it will continue to improve.

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Aunt Julie and I on our hike up Mt Mansfield. Aug 2014