Backpacking Smoothie Recipes, anyone?
Sep 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm #1307349
I would like to create my own homemade backpacking smoothies (just add water) for use on the trail. I was thinking of using Ensure powder as the base, adding powdered yogurt and freeze-dried fruit. Does anyone have a tried-and-true recipe that they've used before for this?Sep 5, 2013 at 9:54 pm #2022325
That is one of mine. It is something I need to revisit :-)Sep 6, 2013 at 8:39 am #2022397Laurie GibsonBPL Member
The recipe for breakfast fruit smoothie in "Feasting in the Wild Country" by Mary M. Holmes (available as an $10 emailed file from brasslite.com) is the one I use.
Edit: She suggests many flavor variations.
I have no affiliation with the author or brasslite.com.Sep 6, 2013 at 9:26 am #2022415
Gack, Sarah — I should've checked your site first!!!! My only issue (which I forgot to mention — major insomnia bout) is that I have a slight lactose intolerance, but I could easily substitute Ensure powder for the milk powder… or rice milk powder or almond milk powder…
Thanks, ladies!Sep 6, 2013 at 2:50 pm #2022469
I am thinking of making a new version soon so my youngest can have some. With SunWarrior original protein powder – it is just brown spouted rice and salt. We shall see!Sep 8, 2013 at 2:50 pm #2023028Bob GrossBPL Member
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
The basic fruit smoothie has some dry milk base, typically a mixture of Whey powder or else Ensure powder, plus some natural fruit flavor. For the fruit flavor, I normally take some f.d. strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, or cherry and whiz it into a powder using a blender. All of that gets carried in dry. Then it is mixed with cold water and shaken until it is smooth. That much, I have.
The problem is that the f.d. berry powder does not seem to want to mix well with the milk base. Do I need something to act as an emulsifier?
Currently I use a 12-ounce plastic bowl with a screw lid as my shaker. It seems necessary to have something with a wide mouth like this since there is so much stuff that does not mix up well, and it has to be cleaned out by hand afterwards. Is there a better method?
Maybe I need a solar-powered blender!
–B.G.–Sep 8, 2013 at 3:53 pm #2023044
Bob, I bet Sarah will know. I wonder if it would help if you kept the f/d fruit powder separate and re-hydrated it for several minutes first… But if you're bringing a backcountry blender…it's margarita time!!! ;~)EmojiSep 8, 2013 at 6:41 pm #2023120M BBPL Member
The cleanup would be the show stopper for me. Its why i wont bother with protein powder mixes on trail either.
Anything with protein in it will stink to high heaven if not washed out well.Sep 8, 2013 at 9:09 pm #2023192
Don't laugh. These bottles rock. If you drink protein blends, they work wonderful.
Although at home I just run everything my Vitamix 5200 :-DSep 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm #2023195Richard CullipBPL Member
@richardcullipLocale: San Diego County
Ah, shaken not stirred! (said in my best Bond imitation)Sep 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm #2023202
;-)Sep 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm #2023204Bob GrossBPL Member
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
Sarah, blenderbottle looks nice, but 4 ounces seems heavy for a one trick pony. Maybe the wire whisk ball is the secret, and maybe I can find a lighter substitute. Of course, I would have to make sure that I didn't swallow the ball.
–B.G.–Sep 9, 2013 at 9:15 am #2023323
Bob — you can get just the blender-ball on eBay for under $2 (search "whisk ball").
And about the clean-up, for MB, I was going to mix the whole thing in a freezer bag, rinse quickly with H20 afterwards, and relegate to my trash. I guess whether the extra fb is worth it depends how much you like smoothies for breakfast…
But it still begs the question as to how the Packit Gourmet smoothies emulsify the fruit…Sep 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm #2023391
And if you look how it is done, you won't be drinking it ;-)Sep 9, 2013 at 2:03 pm #2023424
Well, I'd probably drink the palm oil product on a backpacking trip, but I also like to bring Cheetos!!!! I don't *usually* eat like that when I'm home, though… :)Sep 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm #2023504
You know it ;-)Sep 29, 2013 at 8:48 am #2029311Colton AkersBPL Member
I make a breakfast shake with 16oz of water or so. 2 packets of carnation instant breakfast, one scoop of protein powder of choice, and 1/2 the amount(for 16oz of water)of nido powdered whole milk. Pretty filling. I don't always have a huge appetite right after waking up and usually eat breakfast a mile or 2 in the day. This shake is a good way to get something in quick while breaking camp.Sep 29, 2013 at 2:46 pm #2029377AnonymousInactive
"I make a breakfast shake with 16oz of water or so. 2 packets of carnation instant breakfast, one scoop of protein powder of choice, and 1/2 the amount(for 16oz of water)of nido powdered whole milk."
Nice one, Colton.Nov 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm #2042021terry tiedemanBPL Member
My buddy makes extra thick smoothies at home and dehydrates in the fruit roll up tray on the dehydrator. They re-hydrate almost instantly and taste good. Super easy unless you are preparing for a through hike. Probably too much trouble then. I use chia seeds with organic freeze dried fruit powders soaked in my water bottle. Not really a smoothie but still good. I also use the vega powders because they are so finely ground they are super smooth and go down easy when mixed with water.Nov 6, 2013 at 8:00 pm #2042026
"The problem is that the f.d. berry powder does not seem to want to mix well with the milk base. Do I need something to act as an emulsifier?"
Try mixing just a tiny bit of your milk base with the f.d. powder and stirring into a paste. Then add the rest of your milk base and stir/shake until you have your smoothie. It's often easier to mix powders into a thicker base first instead of trying to mix it in all the liquid at once.Nov 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm #2042027
"I also use the vega powders because they are so finely ground they are super smooth and go down easy when mixed with water."
Big fan of the Vega mixes – it's what I bring for my liquid meals on the trail, and what I use when going stoveless for breakfast and dinner.Nov 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm #2042237
If you like Vega you might also like SunWarrior as well…..Nov 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm #2042247
"If you like Vega you might also like SunWarrior as well….."
I'll check it out, thanks Sarah!Nov 8, 2013 at 8:52 am #2042537
They were nice and sent me some samples – I've been adding it Kirk's drinks – he likes it. It isn't gritty and he likes that he can get a sprouted rice blend/no soy!Nov 26, 2013 at 4:14 pm #2048358Warner BMember
Here is my base. I am a nutritionist and have been a world fitness champion. The important thing on the trail is a complex carb with protein and fiber to start your day.
I start with 2/3 to 1 cup dry oatmeal in a blender. Blend on high until it becomes oat flower. Then mix in either
powdered egg whites-typically about 6-8 eggs worth for a guy. you can buy a bucket of them on amazon and they are pretty tasteless
Knox gelatin- 4 envelopes is about 24 grams of protein and is pretty much tasteless. backpackers should be eating knox geletan daily to avoid knee and joint damage, our diet typically does not include connective tissue which is the basis for the gelatin and the amino acid blend helps feed and strengthen your connective tissues i.e. tendons and cartilage
whey protein powder- get a really good brand like Beverly or Optimum not some wally world, cosco, or overpriced GNC stuff, the cheap brands are cheap for a reason, i dont have enough space to expand but for a few extra pennies per serving get the good stuff or go cheap and smell the result. The better brands also have better flavor, I typically use Beverly vanilla, Beverly chocolate tastes like ovaltine and is also good mixed dry into peanut butter to form a thick dry paste for high protein high calorie snacks, Optimum has a lot of good flavors I am not affiliated with any of these companies just my opinion
add the protein source to the blender of now powdered oatmeal and blend together
you can add whatever you like here- dry bananas, blueberries, strawberries, anything you like to dehydrate or can find dry at Trader Joes, whole foods etc and blend well
you can also mix banana pudding or whatever flavor dry pudding mix you like the taste of
put into a freezer bag and on the trail you can either add hot water or cold. If you want to carry a shaker cup with lid you can eliminate the metal ball and put 10 almonds into your dry mix to agitate it. With the almonds you gain a lot of omega 3 fat, a real plus.
I typically like to just add chopped pecans and dry raisins or cranberries to the dry mix and then on the trail add hot water and eat out of freezer bag with a spoon. You can add cold water and drink the mix as a smoothie if you prefer
I carry one of these for breakfast each day, usually with a different dry protein source and flavor in each bag. Always with the oatmeal base, even if you dont like oatmeals typical texture try it this way. super fast, super easy, super nutritious breakfast
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