Instant healthy meals

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Instant healthy meals

Postby gbagua » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 7:14 pm

What brand would you recommend me? I need only one meal (warm breakfast) as the rest will be prepared at home. Not keen of having a cold and frugal breakfast now that weather is starting to get colder and especially after a gruelling 8 h hike the day before.

I also need an online link to purchase the stuff if needed.

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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby ChrisJHC » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 7:17 pm

Cereal / muesli with warm milk.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby weeds » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 8:11 pm

We just cereal, I go for clusters with rice milk powder in a zip lock bag and just add water and dried fruit.

The bride cooks oats using rice milk power and adds fruits.


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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby Eremophila » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 9:24 pm

As per above - a good quality muesli such as Brookfarm, or make your own. Add nuts/seeds/coconut/fruit/flax meal/oat bran/whatever. Portion into ziplocks with powdered milk or protein powder of your choice, add boiling water and sit 5 min.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby peregrinator » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 9:35 pm

Make your own muesli bars. No heating, just eating. In your sleeping bag. The preceding sentence satisfies your requirement of a warm breakfast. Perhaps.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby Petew » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 10:39 pm

Sometimes those porridge sachet with a few sultanas sprinkled in and two cups of coffee.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby johnw » Tue 16 Apr, 2019 11:27 pm

I usually have a hot mug of Continental or Country Cup packet soup with a couple of buttered Tip Top Sandwich Thins. Potato and bacon flavour is one soup that works for me for breakfast. Followed up with hot coffee and breakfast biscuits or similar. Simple, cheap and readily available.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby gbagua » Wed 17 Apr, 2019 4:34 am

Thanks for the ideas. I forgot to mention no dairy and cereal. Forgot about the soup option as it is really a warming food source I like. Will check out some of those and see. Mushroom with bacon would be a lovely combo.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby Aardvark » Wed 17 Apr, 2019 5:34 am

Make some croutons from gluten free bread. (double toast it).
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby Franco » Wed 17 Apr, 2019 2:41 pm

Could be hard to get instant soup that is both milk products and cereal free. (that is if by cereal you mean corn,rice, wheat, barley,oats...)
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby gbagua » Wed 17 Apr, 2019 7:52 pm

Aardvark wrote:Make some croutons from gluten free bread. (double toast it).


...and add them to the soup! Yum, I had these when I was a kid. Loved them big time. Will definitively make some and take them to my upcoming Sundown trip. ;)
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby rustyjus » Wed 17 Apr, 2019 10:37 pm

I like brooks farm cereal with hydrated and warmed powdered coconut milk
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby Franco » Thu 18 Apr, 2019 9:45 am

rustyjus wrote:I like brooks farm cereal with hydrated and warmed powdered coconut milk

I just realised that those "cereals" are like the bacon and egg in this ad..
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby Heremeahappy1 » Fri 19 Apr, 2019 9:38 am

...a spade. +1 I seem unable to reconcile the apparent need for non-meat eaters to emulate meat products. Nothing wrong with eating a plant based diet, however do you need them to look like the meat original?
Back to the OP Q. An instant healthy meal - and vego, is beans. Ful medames, or for meat, boston baked beans. Both can be dehyd'd for storage and weight convenience and rehydrated overnight for a quick reheat in the morning. Muslims have been rockin that tasty broad bean brekky during ramadan for ages. Try it, you'll be surprised when realising you've not stopped for morno's - the dish really keeps you going. Ensure EV olive oil is added for flavour, calories AND the much needed mouthfeel missing in dehydes. There are other benefits for those who may not be quite as regular in the field.
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Re: Instant healthy meals

Postby rcaffin » Thu 02 May, 2019 11:13 am

Home made muesli for breakfast, which I make in a 20 L bucket every 3 months.
At home lots of extras (like yoghurt and fresh fruit), but in the bush we have 'oat milk' on it. Chuckle: 'oat milk' is just cold or warm water added to the raw oats. So much for the food-faddists. :D

The trouble with all the 'instant soup' packets is a gross excess of added salt. We have to share a one-person packet between two in order to get the salt level down to tolerable.

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