It is likely you will find yourself dripping in sweat at a disco daytime dance party, so seaweed can help you replenish the minerals that were lost in perspiration. Sea vegetables happen to be high in minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, B vitamins and folate.
How to eat em’:
Bring sheets of nori seaweed and use them like tortillas for wraps. Sprinkle some salt and olive oil on cut up nori sheets as a “chip” alternative.
Get some dulse flakes and sprinkle them on all your meals. Try adding chlorella or spirulina powder and some lemon juice to your coconut water for a nutrient dense refreshing beverage.
Sardines are a playa power food. These fish are high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids which can help support the nervous system, brain function and mood. Sardines can also help reduce inflammation and nourish dry desert eyes and skin.
How to eat em’:
Take 1 can of sardines, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 tsp lemon juice and some salt and pepper and mash them all together. Enjoy with some greens in nori wrap, tortilla or on a cracker.
These small seeds expand in liquid and are another excellent source of plant-based Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Chia seeds are also chock full of fabulous fiber which helps keep your stools healthy and regular. Making sure you are supporting your elimination pathways at Burning Man is super important! (especially when you may be putting some not-so-super-substances in your body) Get that sh*t outta there with some fiber and hydration.
How to eat em’:
Add a teaspoon of chia seeds to your coconut water, wait 15 minutes for them to expand and enjoy a hydrating beverage.
Make an easy chia pudding in a jar by combining a 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup nut milk, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tbsp maple syrup and a splash of vanilla. Shake the jar vigorously and store in your cooler overnight for a delicious easy breakfast in the morning.
DIY Electrolyte Beverage
Your body has enough to worry about in the desert without dealing with the artificial dyes and fructose syrup in Gatorade. Make your own healthy electrolyte beverage to replenish those lost minerals.
How to make it:
1 quart of water, 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt, 1 tbsp maple syrup and juice from 1/2 a lemon. You can also try making it with herbal tea.
Other Foods that Take a Little Bit More Pre-Playa Effort
DIY Green Powder
Leafy greens are the holy grail of nutrition. We may be sick of hearing about the mega-hyped vegetable of the millennia, kale. But the rumors are true, this cruciferous queen is rich in vitamin K, A and C and will deeply nourish your cells to get you ready for more dancing. Making your own green powder is not only cheaper, but a great way to avoid ingredients that you may be sensitive to.
How to make it in a dehydrator:
Dehydrate your choice of leafy greens such as chard, kale, collards and beet greens, for 10 hours at 125F or until they are crispy. I also like to include a 1/4 cup of dried nettles for their mineral boost. Pack the dried greens in your high speed blender (in a Vitamix, if you have it) and blend on high for 3 minutes until it becomes powder. If the powder is still a bit chunky, transfer contents to a coffee grinder and blend until it reaches your desired texture.
How to eat it:
Sprinkle 1 tsp-2 tbsp on any dish you eat on the playa from cup of noodles, to lentils. Mix a teaspoon in with your can of coconut water and lemon. (Note: this does taste quite green.)
DIY Dehydrated Jerky
I always make my own jerky because I can’t eat black pepper (I know, right, how do I eat anything ever?!) which is found in most jerkies (and basically everything else). Jerky using organic and pasture-raised meat is a great on-the-go protein to fuel you biking into the dawn. This is a link to a more elaborate recipe.
A blend of dried fruit and nuts or seeds of some kind is my alternative to a granola bar or dessert. I like this recipe using nuts and seeds or if you are nut/seed free (like me!) see recipe below:
Yield: 20, 1 inch balls
- 1 cup tigernut flour
- 6 pitted dates
- 2 tsp lime zest
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until dough forms. Roll into small balls and store in a container.