Heather's Choice offers Allergy-Safe Backpacking Meals and Snacks
Constantly checking food labels and asking for special requests at restaurants can get exhausting. If you suffer from a food allergy, food sensitivity, autoimmune disease, or accommodate a special diet, you know how much effort is involved in monitoring the ingredients in your meals. To add that effort to the task of planning for a backpacking trip is downright daunting! (Take it from me! I recently had to figure out how to meal plan for 30 days on the Appalachian Trail and accommodate a dairy free, gluten free diet.) Luckily, Heather’s Choice is here to fill the void with a non allergenic backpacking food that meets the needs of the individuals with the most prevalent food allergies including, gluten, dairy and soy, and even vegan and Paleo diets.
Gluten Free Backpacking Food
Offering a gluten free backpacking food product was one of the founding pillars of Heather’s Choice. This is an integral part of Heather’s sports nutrition philosophy. As she so articulately explains in her recently video Q&A, the presence of gluten in our bodies can contribute to excess inflammation and discomfort, which is particularly unpleasant in the backcountry. Not to mention if you suffer from an autoimmune disorder that makes the elimination of gluten from your diet mandatory. All of the Heather’s Choice backpacking meals and snacks are completely gluten free, from the Buckwheat Breakfasts (which is actually a seed, not a grain!), to the delicious coconut Packaroons, and protein-rich dehydrated dinners.
Dairy Free Meals and Snacks
It took me 25 years to finally admit that I’m lactose intolerant and saying goodbye to excessive dairy in my diet wasn’t easy. When I was meal planning for my backpacking trip, I found this to be one of the more difficult dietary needs to accommodate. Mac ‘n’ Cheese is out the door, as are the majority of the pasta and rice sides. Thankfully, because of Heather’s Choice this wasn’t a problem. The Buckwheat Breakfasts use powdered coconut milk as a deliciously creamy dairy substitute, as does the Sockeye Salmon Chowder. In fact, every item on the adventure menu is dairy free!
Packable Vegan Trail Breakfast and Snacks
The entire Heather’s Choice line is not vegan, but if you’re looking for gluten free vegan backpacking food, we do have you covered with our nutrient-dense Packaroons and Buckwheat Breakfasts. Packaroons will become your new favorite trail snack. Toss a durable, ultralight 2oz package of Packaroons in your bag for 360 calories of coconut goodness, available in a gamut of unique flavors like Orange Vanilla, Spiced Cocoa, Amaretto, and more. Enjoy a nutritious, energizing hot breakfast every morning on the trail with Heather’s Choice just-add-water Buckwheat Breakfasts. Also available in a variety of tantalizing flavors like Cherry Cocoa Nib, Blueberry Cinnamon, and Apple Pie. Try them all with a Breakfast Sampler Box!
Nut Free Hiking Food
If you suffer from a peanut allergy or other nut allergy, this provides a serious conflict with the go-to backpacking food like GORP and nut-based energy bars. Heather’s Choice has a variety of options for simple, delicious nut free backpacking food! Just add water and feast on any of our delicious entrees like Tomatillos Rancheros, Salmon Chowder, or Bison Chili allergen-free. Also, all of our chocolate flavored Packaroons are a great nut free backpacking food alternative to trail mix. The blonde Packaroon flavors DO contain almond powder, so make sure you’re getting Spiced Cocoa or Black Espresso!
Soy Free Backpacking Food
Last, but certainly not least is the fact that Heather’s Choice offers a soy free backpacking food alternative. If you take a look at the comparison chart below, you’ll see that Heather’s Choice is the only dehydrated backpacking food that also accommodates a soy free diet. Even other competitors that offer a gluten free product have soy in their meals. More and more individuals are deciding to eliminate soy from their diets, whether for allergenic purposes or elsewise. Fuel up for your next adventure with soy free Heather’s Choice backpacking meals and snacks.