47 minutes | Sep 2nd 2020

11. Backcountry Foodie - Aaron Owens Mayhew

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Check out Backcountry Foodie’s website and Instagram for backcountry cooking tips and inspiration.Remember, podcast listeners can get UP TO 50% OFF ON A GAIA GPS MEMBERSHIP!Episode Highlights:2:40: Backcountry Foodie is an online meal planning service for backpackers — a go-to science-based resource for ultralight backpacking food. 3:45: Aaron’s first backpacking meals were MREs! 4:30: Aaron fell in love with the outdoors and backpacking. 5:10: Backcountry Foodie started with a PCT thru-hike and a mid-life crisis.7:10: Meal planning for a 5-month hike was overwhelming and her initial meal planning became the inception of Backcountry Foodie.8:00: Shanty comes clean with his thru-hiker menu plan: Pop-Tarts, summer sausage, a block of cheese, and ramen. 8:15: Aaron talks about what she ate on the PCT: quinoa, beans, hummus. 8:45: She brings her home diet into the backcountry because it makes her body feel better.9:15: Two pounds of food per day can be a myth; you can go lighter with more calories!10:08: Aaron often packs a pound and a half food per day. 12:05: You don’t have to eat processed food while backpacking, here’s how.12:20: Aaron definitely packs Snickers in her backpack though! 13:15: You need a balance of protein, carbs, and fat to keep that engine running all day! 14:30: Aaron is a “nerdy dietitian” who loves to crunch numbers for proper calorie densities and weight. 15:27: Eating healthy is more expensive, no getting around the fact that processed foods are cheaper, but good health is worth the money. 16:20: A popular meal that is not too expensive is Aaron's spruced-up ramen recipe.19:40: You don’t have to buy a dehydrator, you can just use all dry ingredients from the store. 22:00: Here are some foods that Aaron doesn’t think you should dehydrate.25:00: Check out the ultimate ratios for carbs, fat, and protein on a backpacking trip. 33:00: Sugar will make you crash.36:50: There's something for everyone in Backcountry Foodie meal planning: vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free.40:15: Aaron loves getting emails from clients saying that her meals have made them feel better and hike better.41:00: Backcountry Foodie Phase 2 includes packaged meals but they are having trouble finding a kitchen to work in during COVID. 42:00: Van-life is Backcountry Foodie’s lifestyle with no desire to go back to a standard lifestyle.43:00: Aaron has almost a full kitchen inside her home on wheels. 
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