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Low salt hiking foods

Postby trekker76 » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 8:08 pm

I had to reduce my salt which put a bit of a severe blow in couple of long range trail foods I favour- jerky in particular. Also will be hunting for low salt peanut butter and tortillas next time I am at the supermarket...if they exist. Wondered if anyone could suggest any replacements for protein and fillers? background is I eat food cold , no cooking gear, I can mix about anything with water and condensed milk- taste buds don't care :)

The items still in my food pack are

1. Nuts
2. Trail mix( mix of various seeds, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds etc, dried veg and nuts)
3. Condensed Milk
4. Protein/energy bars
5. Dried fruit

I have been thinking maybe powdered egg, do they still sell that? Could be mixed into water or with condensed milk maybe...
Also thinking fish in satchels but my bet is these will be salty as hell to preserve them?
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby Warin » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 8:41 pm

trekker76 wrote: hunting for low salt peanut butter


Humm 'normal' peanut butter daily intake per serve;
6% energy
9% Proten
14% fat
1% carbs
3% sugar
4% salt

I was looking in the 'heath food' section of the supermarket and picked up some product I thought might be good for an over nighter as a meal packet .. then I read the nutritional info .. 3% energy and 20% salt .. err no thanks, felt like writing on the sign 'un' just before the 'health'.

Good luck with your hunt.
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby Bron » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 10:04 pm

You can make your own peanut butter quite easily, and choose how much salt to put in.
Instructions-
buy unsalted roast peanuts (I buy Australian nuts)
put in food processor/blender
turn blender on
process until it looks like peanut putter - longer is better for spreadability.
I little bit of peanut oil will help with the intial blending.

Salt improves the flavour and helps preserve it, best to store homemade butter in the fridge. I add about 1-2 tsp/cup
It is possible to make other nut butters in this way for variety - macadamia, hazelnut etc.

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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby trekker76 » Sun 21 Jul, 2019 11:25 pm

Thanks Bron, hows shelf life in the field for a few days opened, unopened? Summer we will push 45 degree temps.
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby Ms_Mudd » Mon 22 Jul, 2019 6:58 pm

Coles NSW sells powered eggs,Farm Pride Powdered Whole Eggs is the brand.
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby Mark F » Mon 22 Jul, 2019 7:07 pm

When preparing meals for drying, don't try to go too low salt as after exercise we often want/need electrolytes. A better solution is to use things like lite salt in the meal which is a mix of potassium and sodium chlorides that reduces the level of sodium (the baddy) and adds in potassium. I am sure a few other required electrolytes could be easily added as well to provide a better balance.
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby trekker76 » Tue 23 Jul, 2019 2:22 pm

Cheers mate, I don't dry, just after supermarket level stuff. Issue being preserved foods like jerky are usually made ten times higher salt than I am allowed. I found some energy, muesli and nutbars today which seem decent. Will also be carrying some electrolyte satchels
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby ChrisJHC » Wed 24 Jul, 2019 3:54 pm

I use Safcol “fish in a pouch” for pretty much every lunch while bushwalking. I don’t find them overly salty but you might want to check the label.

They are also available in a range of flavours which helps with the monotony on longer hikes.
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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby ChrisJHC » Wed 24 Jul, 2019 3:56 pm

ChrisJHC wrote:I use Safcol “fish in a pouch” for pretty much every lunch while bushwalking. I don’t find them overly salty but you might want to check the label.

They are also available in a range of flavours which helps with the monotony on longer hikes.


Quick search shows 650mg sodium per 100g. Not sure how that compares with what you’re looking for.


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Re: Low salt hiking foods

Postby trekker76 » Mon 29 Jul, 2019 12:14 am

650 is too high, but will see if they have a low salt option. Thanks all
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