Easy, Delicious And Nutritious Food Wild Women Won't Hike Without
By Di Westaway | Chief Adventure Chick and Founder of Wild Women On Top
One of the things I love most about hiking is how amazing food tastes when you’re out in nature working up an appetite.
But not all great recipes make great trail food. You can’t have things that leak, get squashed, go off or smell bad!
Over the past 20 years, with the help of our fabulous Wild Women Community, we’ve developed a few great snacks and lunches to take on the trail.
One of our special trail treats is a freshly roasted, freshly ground, freshly plunged pot of boutique Arabica coffee, served in your favourite mug on a cliff top, rocky outcrop or grassy knoll in the wilderness. Whether you like it black or with milk, there’s nothing better.
If you need to make it more sustaining for a long hike ahead, Wild Woman dietician Di Munns recommends adding fresh pouring cream to give it a longer-lasting effect. You can use long-life cream if you’re out of refrigeration for too long.
Utensils to carry:
One coffee plunger, one large thermos of boiling water, mug.
- One tablespoon per person of freshly ground gourmet Arabica coffee (grind directly before you leave home)
- Milk, soy milk and/or fresh or UHT cream to taste
Pour not-quite-boiling water over coffee, sit for 5 minutes, plunge and serve immediately.
Note: Coffee grounds in small quantities can be disposed of in composting toilets or as compost in the bush.
You can't, and shouldn't, go on a hike without snacks. These are some nutritious options to chuck in your pack.
My delicious, nutritious Buckini Bars are a Wild Women hiking favourite. These tasty squares of chocolatey delight are brimming with nourishing dates, cacao, fresh espresso coffee, almond meal, roasted coconut, roasted seeds, roasted buckinis and roasted nuts.
They travel well in a little box and are one of the most satiating snacks you’ll find, which makes them the perfect trail tucker. They're a match made in heaven with black coffee or tea, and they’re guaranteed to keep you going for hours. You can get the recipe here!
Fresh fruit such as bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and grapes are also trail hiking winners, because they provide you with vitamin and mineral-enhanced sugar delivered in neat little packages of nature’s jewels.
This irresistible, nutritious, delicious treat developed by Wild Woman Kate - and fine-tuned over the years - is a new take on the bushwalking tradition of Scroggin. Carefully select the freshest and tastiest of nuts, roast them to perfection and combine them into a large ziplock bag with the most amazing dried fruits including dried mango, dried pineapple, dried apple, dried strawberries, crystallised ginger and shaved roast coconut. There is not a Smartie in sight.
Apart from those extraordinary wilderness hikes in Mustang, Peru and Vietnam, where professional chefs plate-up gourmet meals en route, our favourite hiking lunches include Wild Woman Coach Wanda’s fabulous wraps and Di’s roast veggie salad.
Wanda takes wraps to new heights with her magnificent selection of fillings including grated carrot, beetroot, thinly sliced tomato, red capsicum, fresh spinach, hummus, brie, roast turkey, foiled tuna, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, feta cheese, capsicum and cashew dip, carried in ziplock bags. The pre-cut fillings with spinach and/or wholemeal wraps are laid out on a tablecloth-covered rock in a scenic location to produce a personalised wrap that tantalises your tummy.
Di’s roast veggie salad
My hiking salad has been known to impress even the fussiest Wild Women. Firstly, I select the firmest eggplant and the plumpest pumpkin, chop them into two-centimetre cubes and roast on a moderately high oven in olive oil, salt and Moroccan spices until they’re crispy on the outside and gooey in the middle. Then I select a bag of washed rocket and baby spinach, a jar of Margaret River Goats Cheese, a bag of cooked quinoa, a ripe avocado, a cup of roast slivered almonds, a packet of wood-smoked Mt Cook Salmon, a bowl, pocketknife and fork and throw them all in my pack.
When we arrive at a spectacular lunch location, we cube the avocado and throw all the ingredients into our bowls according to taste and gobble it down. Because of the goat’s cheese, roast veggies and salmon being coated in oil, you’ve got instant dressing. But you’ll need paper towel when you’re done because it can get a little messy.
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