Review: Paleo Meals To Go
I tell friends and family that I eat mostly dehydrated meals on multi-day hikes and they look at me like I’m from another planet.
“You actually eat that stuff?”
Yup. And it’s not that bad. Modern dehydrated food is pretty good compared to what most people are thinking of.
But there are a few problems
The problems with most dehydrated food
Most bag meals available right now are not gluten-free, are full of preservatives and sure aren’t paleo. If your diet falls into any of those categories or you just want something you can take hiking that isn’t packed full of chemicals, you’re out of luck.
There are a few options that are gluten-free but they still tend to have a long list of ingredients I can’t pronounce.
Trying to eat Paleo or at least just whole foods most of the time is a pain. Going for a multi-day hike is either an experiment with food to see how long they last in a backpack or sacrificing my guts and eating some the standard preservative-filled bag meal.
Now you can eat paleo on the go
Paleo isn’t the easiest thing to do on the go. It relies on fresh whole foods being available. A lot of those need to be refrigerated. I haven’t seen a portable fridge along any hiking trails yet so we’re stuck eating less fresh that we’d like.
Paleo Meals To Go is changing that. Ty Soukup founded the new company to make paleo meals easy to take with you and not sacrifice your diet or your guts.
I’m pretty stoked these are available now. Every road or backpacking trip so far has been a reason to put Paleo on pause while we figure out food on the go. Now we’ve got an easy option to pull out when there’s nothing else. They also make good breakfasts as well.
One look at the back of the bags and you can see that it’s just freeze-dried whole food.
Mountain Beef Stew is just cooked beef (beef, salt), carrots, onions, mushrooms, celery, spices (spices, granulated garlic), sea salt.
Summit Savour Chicken is cooked chicken, broccoli, spinach, spice blend (spices, granulated onion, granulated garlic), onions, mushrooms, green bell peppers, sea salt.
Palisade Pineapple Mango is coconut, flaxseed meal, almond flour, walnuts, pecans, bananas, coconut sugar, pineapple, mango, ground vanilla beans, sea salt.
That’s it. There’s nothing other than those things in those bags. Just real food.
Easy to make
Some bag meals are a fine science of how much water to add. They tell you exactly how much to add but sometimes it’s too much and you end up with soup. Sometimes it’s too little and you get to eat hard rice pellets.
Paleo Meals give you a range to add between 1 1/4 and 1 3/4 cups of water. I split it and added 1 1/2. Everything I’ve tried so far has been perfect. No soup. No pellets.
Paleo Meals Tips
A few things to remember when eating Paleo Meals To Go.
Remove the oxygen absorber. They tell you in the instructions to remove this but I always forget. All bag meals have this. It would be nice if they could velcro it near the opening so it’s easy to find.
They don’t last as long as other preservative-filled, foil packed bag food. All the packages I got had about a year and a half until their best before dates. I haven’t looked at all other bag meals and their dates but some I had recently were 5 years out. I’ll certainly trade real food for shorter best before dates for backpacking. For emergency kits you might want something that lasts longer.
There are only cup measurements on the back so make sure you know how much that is with your gear. I only had ounces and millilitres on my pot and nalgene bottle. It would have been easy if I had known there was 8 ounces to a cup but I never use cups! Metric in Canada eh.
Exciting things to come
Sounds like Paleo Meals To Go have some exciting things to come for healthy dehydrated foods. I’ll be sharing as soon as I know more.
See more tasty food at Paleo Meals To Go.
Pics of more of the packs I got. A few already eaten!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the meals for free from Paleo Meals To Go as coordinated by Deep Creek PR, an Outdoor Industry Public Relations Company, in consideration for review publication.Related posts: