Posts Tagged ‘protein’

TVP: Textured Vegetable Protein

Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), also known as textured soy protein, is an excellent meat substitute that appears in many backpacking recipes because it is extremely lightweight, great meat supplement, quick to prepare, long shelf life, relatively low price, high in protein and fiber, and low in fat and sodium.
TVP, available as a powder or in the form of small chunks or flakes, is made from soy flour containing 50% soy protein. It needs to be rehydrated before using, at a weight ratio of 1:2 with water. However, TVP when made from soy concentrate contains 70% protein and can be rehydrated at a ratio of 1:3. It can be used as a meat replacement or supplement. The extrusion technology changes the structure of the soy protein, resulting in a texture similar to meat. It can replace ground beef, ground lamb, etc in most recipes, and in tuna fish salad to the extent of 30% or more. Using textured vegetable protein, one can make vegetarian or vegan versions of traditionally meat dishes. TVP also has a very mild flavor that readily absorbs the flavors of the foods it is mixed with.

When stored dry at room temperature TVP has a shelf life of more than a year, but after rehydration it should be used at once or stored for no more than three days in the refrigerator. It’s usually rehydrated with warm water, but a bit of vinegar or lemon juice can be added as a preservative.

Textured Vegetable Protein is available in bulk at natural food stores, large supermarkets, and online from Wilderness Dining.

For more information about TVP, please visit the TVP: Textured Vegetable Protein article on Wild Backpacker.


Understanding Energy Bars

Understand energy bars and compare the top energy bar brands

Energy bars come in all different tastes, textures, and types. Although many base energy bars around taste, there are other aspects of the nutrition and purpose of each bar that should help you make the decision of what bar to use. Different ingredients produce different results for activities like backpacking and hiking. Choosing the correct bar for your activity is vital to keep you going and your energy up.

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Types of Energy Bars

Activity Bars
Similar to endurance bars, activity bars focus on prolonging energy. However, they tend to focus on all-day outdoor activities that require both energy and some meal-replacement nutritional features. Clif Bar is perhaps the most prevalent bar in this category. Outdoor bars, Clif Bar included, often focus on organic ingredients and have crunchier, more granola, textures. Activity bars are the best energy sources while backpacking and hiking.

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How to Eat Well While Backpacking

Here is a great article on creating a nutritional diet while backpacking. This is a quick and simple article for all those who don’t want to spend hours reading all the science behind the nutrients! Enjoy!

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Ten Winter Cooking Tips

You can enjoy the outdoors as much as you can in the winter as you can in the summer, as long as you are prepared for the winter weather. As well as having a good time, it is very important to stay warm and safe in the cold weather as well. Hydration and nutrition are even more important to keep your body healthy and energized in the cold. Here are 10 quick and easy tips to help:

1. Don’t let your water freeze. This can be done by keeping a bottle of water on your body or in your tent.

2. Don’t burn your snow. If you must melt snow for water, pour in some liquid water before trying to melt snow. This will help prevent the burning of the snow. Burnt snow water tastes nasty.

3. Bring insulated utensils, cups, and plates. Wooden spoons, plates and cups are great for winter cooking and eating. Most of the food you cook will feel extremely warm to your hands while winter camping so it is a good idea to insulate before grabbing.

4. Plan meals that are high in protein. Milk, Eggs, Steak and other meats are great fuel and taste great for winter camping dinner meals. Lunches may consist of nuts, trail mixes, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches.

5. Use lots of margarine for cooking. Vegetable oil fat in the body causes the body to release heat and energy more slowly.

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No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Peanut butter

1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup honey
3 cups quick (instant) oatmeal

At home: Combine the peanut butter and honey in a medium saucepan and warm over low heat. Stir constantly until mixed thoroughly. Remove from heat and add in the oatmeal and any optional items. Press into a 9×9 inch ungreased pan and let cool. Cut into bars and store in plastic baggies. No need to refrigerate.
Makes 16 (2×2 inch) bars

Customize by adding dried fruit, nuts, coconut, protein powder, seeds, flax, or wheat germ.