Winslow’s Hydration + Nutrition Tips for the Backcountry:
I am a Mountain Guide and a Certified Yoga Health Coach where I have studied a lot about nutrition and helping the body to thrive. To maximize my energy, I follow this daily morning routine for nutrition and hydration.
Backcountry Nutrition Tips
- 1 Liter of Lemon Water: I drink a liter of warm lemon water first thing when I wake up.
- 16-22oz of Celery Juice: Then, 30 minutes later I drink my celery juice which is amazing for electrolytes. It also flushes out the blood and the liver. My whole family gets some of this each day including my 7 year old son.
- 3 – 16 oz glasses of smoothie: Next, 30 minutes later, I prepare smoothies for us all. I drink 3 glasses myself so I am loaded with vitamins and nutrients. I eat low fat, especially in the morning so that I can keep my blood clean, healthy, and fast flowing.
- Soup: I then often take a thermos of soup to eat on the way up, if I am not driving, or just before I leave if I am driving.
- Tea: Sometimes I take tea for the drive up, or have a thermos in the car for the drive down.
- Coconut water: This is a great way to hydrate and give your body lots of electrolytes, minerals, and vitamins. Coconut water is amazing. Carry a small one with you on the trail.
- Foods for the trail: Mostly what I eat is fruits, veggies, and potatoes. Each week I make a big batch of soup. I put some in the fridge, and some in the freezer. Then I can pull it out in the morning and full nutrition is ready to go. I eat tons of fruit. I also take raw veggies on the trail like sugar snap peas and carrots. Sometimes I take some oatmeal raisin cookies or wild blueberry buckle cake.
Coconut Curry Soup Recipe
- Add water and 1 can of coconut milk to a large pot.
- Add 1-3 potato’s of your choice
- Add 1/8 cup of beans of your choice (if dry, soak the night before)
- Add garlic and onions (leek, purple, or white)
- Add veggies of your choice: squash, zucchini, mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, purple cabbage, fennel, asparagus
- Spices: curry, garam masala, salt, herb mix or fresh herbs, cayenne if you want spicy
- Toppings: Sprouts, cilantro, parsley, basil, and/or avocado (stick to 1/2 of one a day due to the fat)
If you want to make the above recipe a little healthier, then leave out the coconut milk.