As you’re reading this I’m currently pushing my body and my mind over rocks, puddles, and roots on the Cape Scott Trail.

You may not know this about me yet, but I’m a very avid hiker and there is nothing I crave more than hitting the trail and reconnecting to nature in such a profound way…. during the warmer months of the year…

The mental challenge.

The physical challenge.

The delicious food.

The peace and tranquility.

The connection with myself and the world around me.

A glass of nice red wine after a grueling 15 km day on the trail…

There is no better way to spend 5 days!

A few years back when I discovered my true passion for exploring the beautiful forests near where I live, I quickly noticed how expensive AND loaded with chemicals/sugar all of the lightweight dehydrated foods were. No way was I going to put that in my body! So, why not tackle making my own?

And that’s exactly what I’ve done.

Over the past 2 years, I’ve had fun experimenting with good food and my dehydrator. And it turns out… it’s really easy!

I thought you may enjoy a sneak peek into my meal plan for our 5-day trip. I always sit down 3 weeks in advance and decide what to make so that I have ample time to dehydrate and create meals without leaving it all until the last minute.

The single most important and exciting thing on the trail is “what’s for dinner”, so why settle for chemical mush and not eat good home cooked food instead!?

Day #1
Breakfast: At our car, before we leave – Egg & black bean wraps
Snack/Lunch: Hard boiled egg, crackers, trail cookie & mixed nuts
Dinner: Thai green curry

Day #2
Breakfast: Apple cinnamon oatmeal
Snack/Lunch: Hard boiled egg, crackers, hummus, trail cookie & mixed nuts
Dinner: Thai soup with raman noodles
Dessert: Wine & dark chocolate

Day #3
Breakfast: Mixed berry oatmeal
Snack/Lunch: Hard boiled egg, crackers, hummus, trail cookie & mixed nuts
Dinner: Bulgar chili & bannock

Day #4
Breakfast: Tropical oatmeal
Snack/Lunch: Crackers, hummus, trail cookie & mixed nuts
Dinner: Chickpea vegetable curry & naan (*recipe from my cookbook)
Dessert: Wine & dark chocolate

Day #5
Breakfast: Chocolate banana oatmeal
Snack/Lunch: Trail cookie & mixed nuts…and anything else that’s left over
Dinner: Home cooked meal

It’s been a busy few weeks dehydrating all of the meals, fruit, veggies, and hummus. But it’s well worth the time and effort. I love the feeling of having something delicious and healthy to enjoy after a long hard day on the trail! 

So, you may not be ready to take on a 5- day or even a 2-day trip quite yet (or maybe you already do), but I hope you enjoy learning from my journey. And who knows, one day you might just give it a try!

I look forward to sharing more details and insights from my trip when we’re back. Be sure to come on over and follow me on Facebook & Instagram if you want to hear more!

Love & Sugar Freedom,