Food For Cold Weather


The body "fires" burn somewhat hotter in cold weather. With food affecting morale, you will want to supply your group with this in mind. Caloric intake in cold weather increases for two reasons:

  1. The extra activity required by dressing for the cold and the effect of that weight increases energy needs;
  2. Living and working in the cold gives us a ravenous appetite. In cold weather camping, each person consumes 3,000 to 4,000 calories per day.

These calories should come from a diet made that is 40% carbohydrates, 40% fats, and 20% protein. This diet should include drinking two to three quarts of water per day. The single biggest problem encountered with winter camping is dehydration so drinking water should be encouraged all day long. The amount of water consumed should increase with extra activity.

Some recipies

Caribbean Pineapple Curry

Serves 2
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 onion, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon generic curry powder
1 7-oz pre-cooked chicken breast, sliced into bite size pieces
1 oz rum extract 1 snack container of pineapple chunks
At Home:
Prepare all of the ingredients and pack them into separate containers.
At Camp:
Add the rum into the container with the chicken breast and set it aside to marinate. Heat the oil in the pot and fry the garlic and jalapeno pepper for 30 seconds. Add the onion, bell pepper and curry. Stir for 3 minutes or until the vegetables have softened. Add the pineapple, rum and chicken and cook until it's tender. Serve with rice or bread.

Hot & Sour Soba Seafood Soup

Serves 3
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
4 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
3 cubes Knorr fish bouillon
1 ounce dried mushrooms
1 bundle (about 4 oz) of buckwheat soba noodles 2 teaspoons of dried minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried chopped chives
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
4 pouches of imitation crab or 2 cans of crab meat
Bring water and vinegar to a boil in a medium pot. Add the bouillon cubes and stir until it dissolves. Add the mushrooms, garlic, chives, and crushed pepper. Cook for 2 minutes. Break the soba noodles in half and add to the pot. Cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the crab and cook for another 2 minutes.

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