Backcountry Foodie Review – Light Weight Nutrition! | Average Hiker
Backcountry Foodie was yet another “Internet Rabbit Hole” discovery. Sometimes I Google a keyword phrase and 3 hours later I am still lost wandering in that abyss!
This was how I discovered backcountryfoodie.com, an e-commerce business created for hikers and backpackers by a long-distance hiker that also happens to be a registered dietician.
Small outdoor businesses are my favorites, and nutrition combined with lightening my pack weight had me hooked!
Backcountry Foodie offers quick recipes that are easy to make, and they cover the sphere – cold soak, hot, gluten free, vegetarian, etc. You name it, they really do have something for everyone.
In this review I'll briefly explain the services, provide feedback based on my review of the website, and explain how I use the website based on my current needs.
Backcountry Foodie Review – Services
Backcountry Foodie offers two different dashboards for their customers, along with an additional custom coaching option. All of these services are available via their website which is easy to use and navigate.
Introductory Service – 75 Ultralight Recipes & Dashboard
This is the option I chose to purchase.
- Price: $25
- Features – 75 Recipes, Nutritional Information, Recipe Labels, Lifetime Access to Recipe Platform
- Guarantee: 30-Day Money Back Guarantee – No Questions Asked
- Products: Access to a Pantry that contains links to ingredients and tools used to prepare foods
- Blog – The blog is on the website and accessible to everyone. It contains good articles on nutrition which are relevant to long distance hiking and most any endurance sport. These articles consist of videos and text.
- Newsletter – You can sign up for the newsletter on the website.
- Rewards – 20% Discount for family and friends, Amazon Gifts cards for signing up new members.
This is a lot of information for a one-time $25 dollar payment. The recipes and nutrition information alone are worth that to me! Honestly, how could I go wrong with a no questions asked, money back guarantee.
Upgraded Service – 175 Ultralight Recipes & Dashboard + Meal Planning Service
In addition to everything above the upgraded plans offers the additional features and services below.
- Price: $59
- 100 Exclusive Recipes (2 per week)
- 36 Meal Plans (3 per month)
- 12 Webinars (1 per month)
- 12 Meal Planning Worksheets and Tip Sheets
- Meal Planning FAQs
- 2 Monthly Group Web Calls
The customized coaching allows you to work directly with the owner to develop a personalized plan based on your own needs and activities. If you have special dietary needs, or no time for planning, this might be the plan for you (or me).
- Price: Customized
Backcountry Food Review – Member Website
Backcountry Foodie's website (backcountryfoodie.com) is a professional website that is easy to use and navigate. I was able to quickly sign up and have access to the information. The owners of the company were responsive, and after I had signed up, they quickly answered a few questions I had.
The Dashboard is clear, clean, and easy to use. It provides a “Get Started Guide” and an accordion menu of recipes that are indexed – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Vegan, Gluten-free, Cold Soak, etc.
The Home/Dashboard page was a little slow when navigating the site, but recently the Backcountry Foodie Team sent out a communication. It appears the website is getting an overhaul and I look forward to seeing the new and improved version of what is already a good website.
The Support Tab provides FAQ and Contact sections. There are not a lot of questions – probably because 1) Most of them are answered in the content and 2) The business owners respond to questions pretty quickly.
It would be nice to have a general forum in the upgraded plan, and maybe this is something that is planned in the future. I've always appreciated engaged discussion around more technical topics like food. For me, food nutrition is “technical.” That may be just me though.
Backcountry Foodie also has group calls. Many people may find this the equivalent of or better than a traditional forum.
Note that “Comment” sections are included with the Blog articles.
Backcountry Foodie has a Tab dedicated to purchasing ingredients and machinery used to create their recipes. They also offer a few backpacking items like stove, sporks, bear bags, etc.
Links are provided for many of the items, so that you can purchase them without having to go out and “find” the items. It would be nice to have a “Grocery Cart” so you could shop for everything at once instead of toggling back and forth, but I'm not sure you can do this with affiliate programs
I always appreciate getting pointed in the right direction!
There are benefits associated with being a member of Backcountry Foodie. I mentioned them above, so I will not go through them all again, but I did not mention one. There is a discount for upgrading from an entry level plan if you decide you want the additional features and services.
Backcountry Food Review – Member Website – Post Review Thoughts
As I mentioned above, the $25 I paid for a membership more than paid for itself in the recipes and nutritional information provided by the business. The features and services provided in the upgrade also make the upgrade an attractive offer.
- There were some great recipe ideas. I was especially excited about the Smoothie recipes. I've used protein drinks on the trails, but these Smoothies sound much better.
- Food recipes also looked quite good, and easy to make, and I like the service of 2 new recipes a month. The offer of another 100 RECIPES is a good reason to upgrade.
- Ease of use is another draw for me. The website created by Backcountry Foodie is incredibly easy to use.
- Having meal planning laid out for you, or a road map to planning, is huge. I can speak to this first-hand. In my early years this would have been GOLD.
- The cost of the plans is minimal compared to the content you get. Unlimited access to the recipe platform and a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee made this an easy decision for me.
- Let me proceed this by saying I did not take advantage of the Customized Coaching and call the Backcountry Foodie Team to discuss a plan.
- Time is an issue for me. After reading through some of the recipes, it seemed like the prep would require more time than I have. I work seven days a week between hikes – sun-up to sun-down. My work schedule is remarkably similar to my hiking schedule.
- Ordering the ingredients in quantities needed to keep down costs and maintain variety seemed a little daunting. Many of the spices and powders are not what I normally eat. I would need to create several of the same meals with the ingredients.
Backcountry Foodie (backcountryfoodie.com) is a good resource if you are interested in fine tuning your backpacking nutrition. The business offers a large variety of healthy recipes if you are looking for options to your boring backpacking meals. These might even replace some of my favorites!
The nutrition articles will keep me going back. As I get older and hike further, keeping my pack weight low while maintaining healthy nutrition is important. The author's articles have informative information that is spot on for my type of hiking and backpacking.
I will definitely be trying the smoothies and spicing up some of my Ramen meals. Spicing up Ramen is always a plus in my book!