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Our Story: How Food For The Sole Came to Be

Our Story: How Food For The Sole Came to Be

Behind The People    As a child, Julie wasn’t known for being what you’d call a cooperative backpacker. She’ll be the first to tell the story of how her parents would “take shifts” walking with her. One parent would zip off ahead to enjoy the peaceful walk amongst nature as one does, while the other would hang back and listen to Julie complain about how her backpack was too heavy (due to being full of books) and that she couldn't read and walk at the same time. Needless to say there wasn't any apparent future in backpacking for Julie. Fast...

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Behind The Meal: Coconut Rice and Cuban Black Beans

Behind The Meal: Coconut Rice and Cuban Black Beans

Julie, prepping the Coconut Rice to go into the dehydrators.   How do you get your ideas in the kitchen?  I admit that I am constantly thinking about food and how to create flavor profiles that are pleasing, and to me at least, unique.  I read recipes for ideas, review food blogs, and ponder flavor pairings regularly. I also like to honor ethnic cuisines and traditions when I cook.   One tradition that led me to one of our most popular meals at Food for the Sole was sitting in my mothers-in-law’s kitchen, watching her cook. Diana, my M-I-L, was...

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8 Great Dehydrated Vegetarian Ingredients!

8 Great Dehydrated Vegetarian Ingredients!

Here at Food for the Sole we LOVE being creative and unique with our ingredients. All of our meals are vegetarian (and vegan), and people frequently ask us “what are your favorite ingredients and why do you use the ingredients you use?” Here are 8 of our favorite ingredient! All of which can be found in our meals. Quinoa - Frequently referred to as a superfood, Quinoa is packed with protein (it has twice as much protein of rice). This makes it an excellent carbohydrate for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike! Protein and carbs are both essential for maintaining high levels...

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What Are My Public Lands?

What Are My Public Lands?

Planning your next outdoor adventure can be overwhelming. There are so many different parks and monuments worth visiting, each with its own permits and rules to follow. What’s the difference between them? Where should you go? Choosing the best backpacking meals to bring is one thing (we recommend Food For The Sole #unbiased), but deciding where you want to visit is as vital to an enjoyable outdoor excursion as a full belly. Nature is beautiful no matter where you go, we know that much for certain, but humans have a habit of turning the simple into something confusing.   Below...

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Deep Time: A Call to Action for a Better World

Deep Time: A Call to Action for a Better World

The drive to contribute to society and make a difference for the betterment of the world has been a pervasive theme in my life and those around me. It could have started when I joined the Peace Corps as a fresh-faced college grad. It could have roots in childhood when I was surrounded by my parents and their inspiring and idealistic friends, or it could have ties back to the volunteerism stressed by schooling and community groups over the years, but a part of me thinks it came about much more organically. I believe my greatest foundation comes from a...

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Eating Vegetarian or Vegan on the Trail

Eating Vegetarian or Vegan on the Trail

Because all of our meals are vegan, we frequently get asked the question: “is it easy to eat vegan or vegetarian while backpacking?” This inaugural question is usually followed up by inquiries pertaining to calories, fat content, protein, energy levels, weight gain/loss, and concerns about grumbly bellies at the end of the day. While everyone (regardless of one’s dietary parameters) should be asking themselves these very important questions, the simple answer is that maintaining a vegan or vegetarian diet is a remarkably easy and healthy choice. Especially when you are packing Food for the Sole meals! Below are three suggestions...

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