One of the best parts of working as a food manufacturing company is hearing how people take our meals and customize them. In the backcountry, this is also known as calorie boosting.
On multi-day trips in the backcountry, running river rapids, or really any adventure the body is exerting excessive amounts of energy, it is crucial to not only replenish calories but to also eat quality food.
We already took care of the quality food part for ya, now you get to customize and “spice” up the meals to include extra calories - also making them extra delicious!
For example, adding chocolate chips into the Summer Harvest Oatmeal. For the record, I really advocated for chocolate chips to be a regular ingredient in this new recipe but chocolate chips melt and thus I got outvoted.
Here are some of our favorite mix-ins for our line of buckwheat and oatmeal breakfasts.
- Nut Butters
- Flax Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Chocolate Chips
- Hazelnut Spread
- Coconut Oil
Clearly, any sort of seed, nut, or nut butter added to these breakfasts is going to send your taste buds spinning. While also giving your body the proper fuel it needs for where ever your latest adventure takes you.
Moving on to dinners, this is where the fun part starts!
These homemade meals in a bag can be jazzed up with some simple tortillas, cheese, or even cornbread!
We asked our ambassadors what their favorite ways to boost calories during short and long trips in the backcountry. Here is what they had to say:
While these are just some of our favorite ways to boost the calories of each meal, it also makes them feel even more homemade.
Here is a list of some of our favorite ways to bump the calories of these dinners.
- Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Instant Potatoes
- Corn Bread
- Garlic Bread
- Bone Broth
There are so many ways to customize and boost the calories in the meals, and we want to hear them all!
Share with us your favorite ways to boost calories while on long and short backcountry adventures!
Brooke is a born and raised Arizonan. That is until 2013 when Alaska stole her heart and soul! Not only did Alaska give her the freedom, space and community to be herself - she also met her soulmates in both human and dog form.
When she is not running around the Heather’s Choice HQ, Brooke enjoys summiting Alaskan peaks, extended camping trips, and making a mess in the kitchen.