Veganism is growing in popularity, and more and more people are looking to adopt a vegan lifestyle. For vegans who love the outdoors, backpacking can be a great way to get away from it all while still staying true to their beliefs. But how do vegans eat while backpacking?
The key to vegan backpacking is packing light. When you’re carrying a full pack on your back, every ounce counts!
To make sure you stay nourished without adding too much weight to your pack, look for lightweight, nutrient-dense foods such as nuts, seeds, dried fruit, energy bars, and jerky. These items are easy to carry and provide essential vitamins and minerals.
If you’re going on a longer hike or camping trip, you may want to consider bringing food that needs to be cooked. Dried beans are an excellent source of protein and can easily be soaked overnight or cooked over a campfire for a filling meal. Other vegan camping staples include instant rice or quinoa, pasta dishes made with sauce from a pouch or jar, and veggie chili with canned beans.
When it comes to snacks, look for shelf-stable items such as nut butter packets, trail mix, seaweed snacks, crackers or chips with hummus or guacamole dip packs included in the same package (these often come in individual servings). You can also bring fresh fruits and vegetables that don’t need refrigeration (such as apples and carrots), but these will add some weight so it’s best to limit the amount you bring if possible.
When planning meals for your vegan backpacking trip, it’s important to think about how much time you have available for meal prep each day. If you won’t have much time due to long hikes or other activities planned throughout the day then opt for meals that require minimal cooking time such as grains with added veggies or cold sandwiches with nut butter/hummus/guacamole spreads. If you have more time available then go ahead and cook up some hearty vegan stews and stir-fries over your campfire!
In conclusion, there are plenty of delicious vegan options for backpacking trips that are lightweight yet still provide essential nutrients. By packing lightweight items such as nuts and seeds along with some dried grains/beans along with quick meal ideas like cold sandwiches with hummus spread or veggie chili made from canned beans – vegans can enjoy a nourishing outdoor adventure without compromising their values!