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GORP, “good old raisins and peanuts”, scroggin, puppy chow and trail mix is the life blood of hikers, hunters and campers from around the world. A combination of any of your favorites items such as cereal, dried fruits, raisins, granola, nuts, candy, and marshmallows, in any combination and created for individual taste buds is one of the simplest ways to keep your energy up while hiking those high mountain trails.  The low cost factor of creating this sustenance, it’s minimal weight factor, it’s longevity and the ease of it’s creation makes gorp the number one energy food for your hiking adventure.  To make gorp, the following basic recipe will get you started, but with imagination, a knowledge of what your taste buds enjoy, you make add or delete any individual food item.


* 1/2 cup Raisins
* 1/2 cup nuts
* 1/2 cup chocolate coated candies (m&ms, chips)
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
* 1/2 cup dried fruit
* 1 cup granola of your choice

The second most popular hiking food are energy bars. Energy bars are created for maximum nutritional and energy value.  Ounce for ounce, energy bars cost more than a bagfull of gorp, which is the only reason that energy bars in second place in popularity.  Energy in food comes from three main sources: fat, protein, and carbohydrates.  Carbohydrate is the energy of choice during exercise. Therefore, you need to look for bars that are high in carbohydrate with moderate protein and low fat.  Though there are hundreds of energy bars on the market, and many can be considered good, my choice is a product from Native American Natural Foods, located on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and based on an ancient recipe called wasna.
Long lasting, natural, low fat content, and delicious, this energy bar is made from buffalo meat and cranberries. The benefits of this marriage of tastes?
Buffalo meat has fewer calories and less cholesterol than chicken or fish, 76% less fat than beef and 68% less fat than chicken, and 35% more protein than beef, while cranberries (recent studies suggest) that this native American berry may also promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, lower LDL and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, aid in recovery from stroke, and even help prevent cancer.

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