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by Diane Spicer
If you're familiar with the way the company named Patagonia rolls, you won't be surprised by these unusual hiking food offerings.
Never heard of them?
Then use this Patagonia Provisions review as a different way to approach hiking food, looking beyond calories, ease of preparation, weight, and taste.
No one asked me to order this food, or to write this review.
I'm always on the prowl for delicious and healthy GF trail food, so my own curiosity drove me to sample the food in the Gluten Free Gift Box.
Based on my favorable experiences with this brand (details below), I chose to become a Patagonia Provisions affiliate.
What does this mean?
Essentially, a three way win: you, this website, and your virtual trail buddies all receive benefits from your purchase.
The sampler box highlighted in this review contained significant amounts of carbohydrates and protein, both of which are essential in a hiker's trail menu.
All of this food arrived nested into a cardboard box, neatly packed and ready for a hungry hiker to start sampling.
Let's start snacking!
Protein is a precious commodity on a backpacking trip, or even a day hike, because of its weight.
Dehydrated or smoked protein is much more convenient for hikers.
There's nothing new about the idea of packing smoked fish and dried meat as hiking food.
If you're like me, flavorful food really matters after a few days on a hiking trip.
So that's the first thing to mention in this Patagonia Provisions review.
Let me assure you that this salmon is delicious!
And a 4 ounce foil pouch is plenty for sharing with a trail buddy, scooped up with crackers or spread on a tortilla.
If you've been following the news lately, salmon runs are collapsing at an alarming rate.
Here's what distinguishes this fish from others you can find on a grocery shelf:
it's sustainably harvested off Lummi Island, Washington State.
Fish just not your thing? On to the jerky...
I made the switch to buffalo jerky, away from beef, years ago.
Enter buffalo or bison jerky.
It's processed in small quantities by small companies with grass fed free range herds, and the flavor is amazing.
This buffalo jerky is inspected and processed in South Dakota, which makes sense: buffalo is a Great Plains native, and is being reintroduced as a pivotal player in that prairie ecosystem.
The Patagonia Provisions jerky has been dried (think of the weight savings in your pack) and lightly seasoned, in this case with black pepper, onion, garlic and paprika.
Enjoy the satisfying chewy texture, knowing that you're delivering lean, clean protein to your hard working hiker's body.
I never get tired of sampling new trail bars, also called energy bars.
That's why I was delighted to see these bars in my gift box.
These bars feature unusual flavor pairings with almonds, pears and apples:
All three bar varieties contain black chia seeds, a source of phytonutrients like carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, omega-3 fatty acids (good for fighting inflammation) and antioxidants.
What about taste?
Don't expect a lot of sweetness. None of these bars contain cane sugar or grain syrups.
The almonds create a satisfying feeling, signalling your stomach that a snack has been delivered.
The fruit taste in these soft, chewy bars is somewhat subtle.
What really sets them apart: the organic baobab fruit powder they contain.
Why is it used in these bars?
To add a bit of tangyness, and some vitamin C.
One bar will deliver these nutrients to you on the trail:
I learned long ago that a hot cup of soup after a long day on the trail is soul satisfying.
It's also a quick way to get more water into your system while keeping your hunger level under control.
This soup tastes beyond amazing! Ignore the fact that wolfing down chow after a long hike makes me somewhat biased.
I'd eat this soup at home!
Tip: Be sure to give it the full 10 minutes of rehydration time. Lengthen that time if you're at elevation over 3,000 feet.
Here's the scoop:
Trail tip: You could share the instant soup packet with a trail buddy, or use it as your main meal.
Bump up the nutrition with some cheese, your favorite grain, or some olive oil.
You could also add some salmon!
Or their newest offering: mussels.
After singing the well deserved praises of this high quality hiking food, I also need to share with you the associated costs.
This is not your bargain basement, bulk bin food.
It costs money to deliver such thoughtfully sourced, organic, sustainable products to the marketplace.
There are two ways to look at that statement:
If price tightly restricts your food purchases for a backpacking trip, you might think this food is out of reach.
I've been a starving student and budget conscious mom, too.
A few tips for you:
This food tastes delicious, full stop.
It's packaged to sustain any jostling and squishing inside your backpack.
More to love: it's nutritionally balanced and easy to use, shelf stable, and won't put nasty chemicals or preservatives into your body.
And don't forget the twist:
It's also carefully sourced from sustainable sources.
I will be gifting family members, trail buddies and myself with this food, for all of these reasons.
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