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Saving StrategiesJune 2011
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Money Saving Strategies
Homemade Energy Bars
REI- Nutrition for Hikers
Triathlon Coaching
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Aubrey and South Twin Mtn

Over the Memorial Day weekend, I backpacked in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We spent two nights at the Garfield Ridge Campsite. My husband said I was glowing and projecting this wonderful inner energy. Why not? I combined so many of my favorite things; mountains, movement, great company, and cooking. For this trip I stepped it up a notch and made all of our meals, from the energy bars to the Tempeh and Quinoa Chili. Planning the meals was similar to designing our hiking route. I looked over cookbooks and created a list of what to buy, make and when we would eat it. That same idea applies to cooking at home.
Money Saving Strategies

Grocery shopping can be an unpleasant experience. There are so many choices and the total at the checkout can be shocking. Not planning meals and not creating a shopping list are two mistakes that can cost you. Planning is important to eating well, especially when dollars don't reach as far as they once did. Start by writing down a week's worth of meals on paper or in spreadsheet (I find Google Docs to be a great tool). Use this as a starting point for your grocery shopping experience.


Meal Planning Tips:

  • Check your fridge, freezer and pantry to see what you already have on hand.
  • Plan meals around the best weekly store specials. Stock up on sale items if space allows.
  • Use coupons only for items you already buy.
  • Get inspired by using online recipe finders or a food blog. I typically use Food Blog Search or Google. Search based upon your desires or vegetables that need to be eaten. (i.e. chicken and fennel recipe)
  • Check out a cookbook from the library.
  • Follow this movement, Meatless Monday. Meat is the most expensive part of the meal.
  • Embrace leftovers, to save time and money. Check out my article, Post Run Nutrition and Leftovers.
  • Keep a running shopping list and jot down items when you run out.
  • Keep all your weekly meal plans. You'll have a monthly menu cycle and a "go-to" list of quick meals and favorites.

*Email me if you are interested in receiving a 7-Day Meal Planner Template. It is a great tool to help you organize your meals and shopping.

Recipe: Spiced Date, Cherry and Almond Bars 

Energy Bar

These energy bars are so easy to make in the food processor. As we were climbing up the steep slope of South Twin Mountain, I told Ken his reward was one of these bars, and he turned into a billy goat ascending the mountain with speeds I hadn't seen the entire climb. That's a pretty powerful motivator.  


  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, divided
  • 1/8 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • tiny pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup salted almonds


  1. Pulse the dates in a food processor with 1/4 cup of the dried cherries, cocoa powder and spices until the mixture is ground to a thick paste.
  2. Add the almonds. Pulse to chop the nuts and combine the ingredients together.
  3. Chop the remaining 1/4 cup of dried cherries into smaller pieces and stir to add it to the mixture.
  4. Line an 8x8 baking pan with plastic wrap and press the mixture firmly into the pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. Use a knife that has been wet with hot water to ease cutting it into eight to ten bars. 
  6. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and freeze until your trip. They can also be eaten frozen since they don't freeze solid.

Adapted from: Another Fork in the Trail, Laurie Ann March

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Nutrition for Hikers

REI West Hartford, CT

Tuesday June 14th 7:00-8:00 PM

Join Health Counselor, Aubrey Schulz as she answers your questions on how to stay healthy while minimizing pack-weight on the trail. Aubrey will talk about the importance of maintaining a balanced diet through a combination of foods. She will also talk about options for keeping your electrolytes in check on a hot and humid New England hike. Thinking about dehydrating your own meals? Find out what works well.


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Thank you for spending the time learning to nourish your health.

Aubrey Schulz
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