By Jo Cordell-Cooper*
‘SCROGGIN’ is another word for trail mix and is an absolute staple of any mad keen hikers’ diet.
It is always carried with easy access, to be bought out at any break and nibbled on over the day.
Scroggin literally stands for what it contains and there is some dispute as to where the word originated – but here let’s just go with Sultanas, Chocolate, Raisins and Other Goodies, Glucose, Imagination, and Nuts.
I understand that many foody experts claim to have the best recipe, but they pale into insignificance when you see my recipe.
I have a secret magic ingredient and I’m going to share it with you.
Combine equal amounts of:
Pumpkins and pepitas – oven dried – rolled in soy sauce (you need the sodium from the soy sauce) – trust me it is worth the effort, the salt is very much needed if you sweat a lot.
M and M’s, or choc drops.
Snakes, lollies, jelly beans (full sugar).
Nuts you like, dates, dried apricots, sultanas.
A half cup of each combined lasts two or three day trips – ultimately you want a mixture of fast and slow energy release foods, which is necessary to keep you vigorous over your long day hike.
Now for the secret ingredient that many have said is somewhat weird and could not possibly add delight, but it does – wasabi peas.
I have a jar of scroggin made up and ready to go and somehow the lollies don’t get stolen by the kids (I think it’s the wasabi).
You eat little bits of everything when hiking for fast and slow release energy.
Transfer this into plastic bags and keep them in your coat pocket.
You’ll never unexpectedly go hungry while there is scroggin to be consumed.
Other great snacks for day walks include muesli bars, biscuits and cheese, fruit, and banana bread.
All are nutritionally dense, which means they are small, but contain a lot of nutrients and calories – you need this over your day walk.
Top this off with a small thermos of tea, coffee or miso soup and you will find yourself with oodles of energy to get you through the day.
Something to avoid would be a food that makes a sandwich soggy like beetroot or tomato – avoid those completely.
Instead, go for a full grain roll and then something like vegemite and cheese, or meat and salad that won’t make your lunch soggy.
For an extended article on food for day hikes, visit jocc.com.au/scroggin.
*Jo Cordell-Cooper operates the award-winning business Jo CC Holistic PT, offers personal training, stress management strategies, preparation for hiking workouts, and adventure travel to multi-day hikes, locally and overseas. You can follow on Facebook at Holistic Personal Training for more healthy lifestyle tips and tricks.