Nutritionists tell us that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For me, I need a decent breakfast to give me enough energy to start the day well. At home I begin the day with a bowl of porridge with cranberries and honey. For a few years, I tried to do the same backpacking. I used traditional porridge and Ready Brek. In the end, I found both inadequate and messy so I gravitated to various grain and nut bars.
Pictured above is now my typical backpacking breakfast, a combination of grains, nuts, fruit and cheese all washed down with a cup of refreshing green tea. I find I need a decent amount of bulk to keep me going for the morning. I highly recommend the M&S super nut, fruit and seed flapjack. It’s lovely and moist, tasty and packed with calories. The Nature Valley granola bars are a good substitute for porridge.
I like to eat plenty of nuts while I’m out and both Eat Natural and M&S do some good bars. A small box of raisins provides a bit of extra fruit (and digestible sugar). Lastly, I like to have a bit of cheese to boost my protein intake as I don’t carry milk. Babybels are ideal as they keep well and are a reasonable sized portion.
I used to drink black tea but found that powdered milk was a pain to carry when backpacking. I tend to drink more green tea at home now, as it’s healthier. When I’m backpacking, I drink only green tea as it’s much easier to prepare, not needing milk. I also find it’s more refreshing and clears my palate after eating.