Long Trail Nutrition

Daily menu plan

Breakfast: coffee with cocoa, granola cereal with milk powder

On trail: Clif bars

Dinner: home made dehydrated meals with added olive oil

Supplemental: Peanut butter, dark chocolate, hard candy

Item Calories Fat g Sfat g Chl mg Sod mg K mg Carb g Protein g Weight oz
cocoa 90 2 2 150 270 16 1 0.8
Granola 375 9 1 160 225 45 5 3.1
milk 160 9 6 30 115 8 1.1
4 x Clif bar 1000 32 8 920 1040 160 40 10
dinner bag 500 5 2 40 600 350 80 20 5
4 Tbsp Pbutter 380 32 7 300 12 16 2.2
3 oz dark choco 448 36 20 42 6 3
3 hard candies 60 15 0.6
olive oil 1Tbsp 120 14 2 0.5
Per day 3133 139.00 48.00 70.00 2245.00 1885.00 370.00 96.00 26.30
20 days 62660 2780 960 1400 44900 37700 7400 1920 526

My goal was to get over 3000 calories per day with a limit of 40lbs of consumables including fuel and trail water.  Total weight for 20 days of the planned menu is just under 33 lbs leaving me 7 lbs to work with for luxury items such as fuel and water along with necessities like cookies and sipping whiskey.

I have balanced the nutrition to be heavy on the carbs because of the near constant elevation change on the LT so I anticipate needing those Clif bars throughout the day.  Still there is plenty of fat to keep me from starving to death and protein as well.

3 thoughts on “Long Trail Nutrition

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    • To attempt the trip I have planned without serious attention to nutrition would be folly. On a normal thru hike you eat lean on the trail and then gorge yourself in town. It isn’t healthy, but it works 😉 In this case I won’t see town so it is vital that the calories are not just plentiful but well balanced. On top of that it needs to be light enough to carry at the start without running out before I hit Canada. I am as curious to see how it works out as anyone 🙂

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