129: FORTIFY: The Pre-Trip Nutrition Episode

Show Notes: Episode 129 FORTIFY: The Pre-Trail Nutrition Episode

Today on the First 40 Miles, the time to build a solid nutritional foundation is now.  We’ll share how we got back on track and improved our off-trail nutrition.  Then we’re mashing up the top 5 list and the SUMMIT Gear Review to share 5 ways to get food into your mouth without spilling too much on your hiking pants.  And we’ll share a free resource that will inspire you to take the next step in your nutritional health.


  • Pre-trail nutrition.
  • Trailside Kitchen 4 week group class
  • What helped us change
  • We also took a couple nutrition classes as a family
  • Is there a way to healthify your trip? Take shorter trips and include more fresh foods.  I’m working on a cookbook that will help answer this question.  What if I want my outside (backpacking) diet to be congruent with my inside (at home) diet?

TOP 5 LIST + SUMMIT Gear Smackdown

Top 5 Ways to Eat Your Food

Plastic ware

  • The Ubiquitous Light My Fire Spork (plastic and titanium)
  • HumanGear Uno/Duo
  • HumanGear Uno looks similar to the LMF spork, but with a little more structure
  • HumanGear Duo is a separate spoon and fork that hook together
  • Very sturdy compared with something like a disposable plastic spoon


  • These both win the award for being the smallest functioning eating utensil on the planet
  • They can attach to the outside of your pack or onto a belt loop
  • Ultralightweight
  • The Eat’n tool has tools on it: Bottle opener, carabiner, spork, emergency screwdriver blade, 3 hex wrenches, cost $5
  • the CRKT Iota: Spork, bottle opener, 1/4″ wrench, package and whatever-opener, stainless steel
  • If you want a handle: Columbia River Knife and Tool 9110C X-Large Eat N’ Tool


  • Titanium or bamboo or plastic or silicone or ebony and stainless steel
  • Some even come with a sweet little carrying pouch.
  • GSI Outdoors Titanium Kung Foon—a spoon that’s handle is a set of chopsticks
  • SnowPeak Chopsticks, Grand Trunk, GSI
  • Great think about chopsticks is that the bamboo ones are 100% reuseable and compostable

Long Titanium spoon

  • This is my favorite option
  • It’s slightly flat at the bottom so you can stir your meal or scrape the burned bits off the bottom of your pot.
  • $10
  • Won’t melt, super lightweight, strong
  • There’s also a long handled titanium spork

Eating Food With Food

  • Frito Scoops make a great spoon
  • Also, sturdy crackers like Triscuits or Wheat Thins, bagel chips
  • BTW…did you know you can make your own bagel chips? Get a non pre-sliced bagel, slice it into thin strips with a serrated knife and put it in the oven at a low temp until it dries out.
  • Eat food with food? Tortillas, drink from bowl, pita, bagel chips, etc, crackers) but you’re going to need something to stir your food…even if you don’t use it to eat your food.

Backpack Hack of the Week™: Pre-Trip Nutrition Recipes at Trailside Kitchen

  • Free recipes specifically designed to support the active people
  • Trailside Kitchen’s website
  • Trailside Kitchen also offers group classes and one-on-one support
  • “Is your performance inconsistent? One day you are killing it and the next…not so much. Are you constantly hungry every hour or two? Maybe you want to take your performance to the next level, hit new goals, and feel amazing? Or maybe you are happy with where you are at and just want to improve and refine, have accountability, and shake things up. Wherever you are at, I’m excited to have you here!”
  • Julia is a certified Natural Chef through Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary arts school in Boulder, Colorado. She originally had her heart set on becoming a famous cheesemaker… which would have been awesome. But instead, she created Trailside Kitchen to help hikers, backpackers and all active people get the most out of what they eat.

Trail Wisdom

“My meals were easily made, for they were all alike and simple, only a cupful of tea and bread.”

–John Muir