Brunch is the best. This favorite breakfast/lunch overlap turns everyday eating into a fancier affair by incorporating special ingredients and plenty of options.
By Brittany Manwill
Brunch is the best. This favorite breakfast/lunch overlap turns everyday eating into a fancier affair by incorporating special ingredients and plenty of options. This lazy-Sunday meal should be a workhorse—hearty enough to take the place of two meals—especially when you’re depending on it to fuel a demanding hike.
Topping off an early adventure with a big meal in town is a great idea, but packing food and celebrating midway through is a better one. Try one of these two-person menus for brunchworthy upgrades on standard hiking fare. Or, cook up all three for a diverse menu robust enough for a small group.
Pancakes + Wild Friends Chocolate Peanut Butter
This one is dangerous, because it’s way too easy and it’s basically dessert. Protein-packed peanut butter gives normal hotcakes an instant upgrade. Start with your favorite dry pancake mix and cook on a hot skillet according to directions. Any brand will do, but we like one with extra protein, like Kodiak Cakes. Spread the tops of the pancakes with a thin (or thick) layer of Wild Friends Protein+ Chocolate Peanut Butter. Then, just stack them up as high as you want. Top with syrup and dig in. Available at wildfriendsfoods.com. $8
Good To-Go Foods Oatmeal + Granola
While lightweight, those standard little oatmeal packets are boring and puny, calorie-wise. Amp your daily oats up a notch for brunch day. Good To-Go’s oatmeal is packed with all sorts of goodies, including pumpkin seeds, banana, currants, coconut, quinoa, chia and hemp hearts. For extra oomph and crunch, top with the company’s granola—equally interesting with Turkish fi gs, dried blueberries and pecans. These breakfast bowls are one of the few backcountry meals that may honestly put your athome version to shame. Available at goodto-go.com. $6.50 each.
SeaBear Smoked Salmon + OvaEasy Eggs
Since they are often heavy and spoilable, animal-based protein sources can be the trickiest things to build into a hiking menu. But this flavorful and fuss-free scramble comes together easily with dehydrated eggs and smoked salmon. Make dehydrated eggs according to instructions. Flake smoked salmon and fold into the mixture. Tuck a big scoop in a fl our tortilla. This is an easily customizable breakfast. If you’re just going on a day hike, consider bringing a few add-ins that are normally smart-food-packing no-nos. Avocado and chives pair well with the smoked salmon and make these wraps especially decadent. Available at rei.com. OvaEasy $10 for 12 servings; SeaBear $7 for 3.5 oz.