My introduction to back country meals was lackluster. I grabbed whatever I could find at Walmart and some protein bars. I was under-fueled and carrying too much weight. The meals were salty and tasted like cardboard. I reasoned that my newness to the world of backpacking was to blame for my dislike of the meals I had tried and that if I just kept trying them I would come to enjoy them. After all, everyone else seemed to like them. But I wanted better. I busted my butt eight months out of the year training and watching my nutrition and I lost so much of that progress during hunting season because of my poor nutrition.
While stuck in this quandary I heard about this little start up in Alaska called Heather’s Choice that was making back country meals made from Paleo and organic ingredients. I read some killer reviews. People had nothing but good things to say, but the thing that sold me on Heather’s Choice was listening to Heather talk about Heather’s Choice. Her philosophy on nutrition and her attitude on adventure sold me. I decided to give it a try.
I first took Heather’s Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder into the field while on an 11 mile trip into Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park. Something about testing out these new meals at a glacier just seemed right. Sitting on the edge of the glacial lake watching chunks of ice lose their grip on the cliff and fall to the lake below as I chowed down on Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder (let that sink in), I came to the conclusion that life couldn’t get any better.
(Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder, Grinnel Glacier adventure, 2016)
Since then I have used Heather’s Choice as my main staple for my adventures in the field. As an elk hunter I need nutrient dense fuel, that is light, compact, and tasty. Heather’s Choice checks all of these boxes for me. My two favorite meals are the Dark Chocolate Chili and, of course, Smoked Sockeye Salmon Chowder. While these are my favorite, Heather has many different flavors, so check them out HERE. I must warn you that Heather’s packaroons are addictive and I’m hooked. No help needed.
(Blueberry Buckwheat Breakfast, scouting trip 2017)
When I started Urban to Country I made a commitment to only partner with quality people and brands. This statement from Heather sealed the deal for me:
“My mission is to provide healthy, delicious, packable food for adventurers worldwide! Whether at home, on the road, or in the back country, you deserve to eat well. I hope to encourage more people to improve the quality of the food they eat, whether that is at home or in the back country.”
So next time you need to fuel your adventure and make it epic, give Heather’s Choice a chance, you’ll be glad you did.