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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Homemade Snacks for Camping, Boating, Lunchbox

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 Whether you're biking or hiking, flying or camping,  fishing or paddleboarding, don't leave home without some healthful, homemade pocket fuel. Scroll all the way to the end to make sure you don't miss a bite or a byte.
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Gorp with PEEL Appeal
You’re going green, so you buy fresh fruits and vegetables and use every possible nutrient, right? Don’t throw anything away, not even citrus peels. Instead, use Grandmother’s recipe to “candy” them, then use bits in your next gorp for a tangy burst of citrus goodness.
Candied Citrus Peel
    This keeps well in a cool, dry place so make it when you have time to spare. Keep it cool and very dry. Tossing it with extra sugar helps.
    1. Peel oranges, grapefruit, lemons or limes, or a mixture of citrus fruits, leaving only the  fruit. Use the fruit for another purpose.
    2. Cut skin in strips about 1/4 inch wide. Cut strips in bits.
    3. Measure 1 ½ cups of these bits.

1 ½ cups citrus peelings, cut in bits
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
Additional sugar
    Toss citrus bits in a bag with 1/4 cup sugar to coat well. Set aside. Bring 1 cup sugar to a boil in ½ cup water, stirring to dissolve sugar. When it reaches a boil, turn off heat and add peel, stirring to coat. Let peel stand in sugar syrup until it begins to cool, about 20 minutes, then empty into a strainer. Save the syrup to spoon over ice cream or to flavor a smoothie.
    Arrange drained citrus bits on waxed paper to dry completely. When bits are dry, toss with additional sugar and keep in a tightly closed jar to use in gorp.

Citrus Gorp

4 cups square rice cereal
1 cup bite-size shredded wheat
4 cups square corn cereal
3 cups round toasted oat cereal
1 packet dry orange, lemon or lime gelatin dessert mix OR

2 single sleeves of dry lemonade drink mix
Homemade candied citrus peel bits to taste
4 cups nuts of your choice

    In a large plastic bag, toss cereals and dry gelatin mix. Add remaining ingredients, toss to mix and package in snack bags by the cupful. Makes 16 cups.

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Do you have food allergies? Keep proportions the same and get the same great taste but use substitutes such as sugar-free gelatin, gluten-free cereals, wheat nuts for tree nuts and so on. 

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Healthy Snacks to Make Yourself for Hikes, Camping, Lunchbox

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When you have a healthful snack in your pocket you can always take time to stop and smell the flowers.

Two-Bagger Gorp
    Grape tomatoes are as addictive as potato chips but SO much better for you. When you’re making a meal out of gorp, add a bag of  juicy grape tomatoes to complete the menu. On the trail or in the office break room, here’s how to have a feast in two bags.

4 cups seasoned croutons
2 cups whole, roasted, unsalted almonds
2 cups frosted, bite-size shredded wheat
2 cups wasabi peas
2 cups mixed vegetable straws or chips
1 cup sunflower “nuts”, salted or unsalted as you wish
Grape tomatoes as desired
    Combine everything but the tomatoes in a large, clean bag and jostle gently to mix well. In one snack-size bag, put as many grape tomatoes as you’ll eat today. In another, put 1 to 2 cups of the dry gorp. Don’t forget wet wipes and a bottle of spring water. Makes 13 cups dry gorp. 

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Friday, February 27, 2015

Homemade Snacks Put You in Control

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Bird watching season has already begun. Have plenty of healthful, homemade gorp in your pocket or backpack before you hit the trail.

Butterscotch Caramel Gorp
    Take individual packages of this delicious desert trail mix on after-dinner strolls.

8 cups miniature rice cakes, caramel flavor
4 cups plain, bite-size shredded wheat cereal
1 packet dry instant butterscotch pudding mix (regular or sugarfree)
2 cups butterscotch-flavor chips
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
2 cups whole, roasted walnuts, pecans or almonds

    Put everything in a large, clean bag and shake gently to mix well. Package by the half cup or cup for your pocket, or put it in a big bowl for a party dessert around the campfire. Makes about 17 cups.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Make Your Own Trail Mix for Better Health

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On foot, on horseback, on a bicyle, at the wheel or in an airline seat it's a lifesaver to have a healthful pocket snack available.

Fiberlicious Java Gorp
Sweet enough to make a satisfying dessert, this gorp is also substantial enough for breakfast on the run.
4 cups sweetened wheat squares
4 cups fruit-filled wheat squares
2 cups bite size shredded wheat
1/4 cup coarse sugar
1 cup each dark organic chocolate chips, dried pineapple tidbits
2 cups whole cashews
1 cup whole roasted almonds
1 cup chocolate covered coffee beans (regular or decaf)

    Dump everything in a large, clean bag or bowl and mix gently.  Package by the cupful for the pocket or trail, or serve it in bowls for a party. Makes 15 to 16 cups.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Snacks for the Pocket, Snacks for the Bowl

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Product of the Week
Keep pocket snacks clean, dry, fresh and handy with attractive snack bags you can use over and over.

Shoe Leather Gorp

     Do your teeth cry out for a chewy workout? Here is a gorp for you It’s a great hunger buster for snacking in the car, on the trail or at your desk.

2 cups bite-size shredded wheat, sweetened or unsweetened
2 tablespoons maca powder*
1 packet cocoa drink mix **
2 cups dried apple slices, cut in quarters
1 cup dried apricots, cut up
½ cup each dried cherries and golden raisins
1 cup Gummi Bears or gum drops
2 cups unsalted jumbo peanuts   

    Put shredded wheat, maca powder and dry cocoa drink mix in a large plastic bag and shake to mix well. Add remaining ingredients and shake to mix. Package by the half cup and keep cool and dry. Makes 18 half-cup servings.

*This root vegetable grows in the Andes and is prized for its plant sterols, amino acids and other benefits.
** Hot cocoa mixes are available in many brands and types including sugar-free or with miniature marshmallows. Each packet makes one cup cocoa but here we are using it dry.