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Peak Refuel Food Review

A Look Inside Peak Refuel Foods

Why hot dogs and freshly caught fish may compete with smores for the nostalgia of eating while camping or hiking, the reality isn’t so straightforward. In reality, hot dogs must be kept cool, fish isn’t always available, and you can’t live off smores alone, no matter how much you may want to try.
Therefore, it’s a good thing that there are lightweight meals available from a number of different providers. For those looking for meals that are easy to pack into the backcountry, require less water to prepare than many of their competitors, and taste delicious, Peak Refuel may be exactly what is needed.

Review

  • Berries. High in fiber, berries are naturally sweet, and their rich colors mean they are high in antioxidants and disease-fighting nutrients.
  • Fish. Fish can be a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which help prevent heart disease.
  • Olive oil. Olive oil is a good source of vitamin E, polyphenols, and monounsaturated fatty acids, all which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • Leafy greens. Dark, leafy greens are a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and calcium, as well as several phytochemicals (chemicals made by plants that have a positive effect on your health). They also add fiber into the diet.
  • Nuts. Hazelnuts, walnuts, almonds, pecans — nuts are a good source of plant protein. They also contain monounsaturated fats, which may be a factor in reducing the risk of heart disease.

What They Offer

Compared to some other pre-prepared meals, the offerings emphasize quality over quantity, both in the number of meals that are available as well as what is present in each meal.

First things first, these meals are definitely targeted towards backpackers, hunters, hikers, and the like. Campers will also appreciate the lightweight nature of each meal.
However, at around $7.50 per serving, these are not going to be the sort of thing that anyone looking to have a stockpile of quick-prep food will find economical. That said, we could easily see someone doing a through hike of someplace like the Appalachian Trail using these as either a backup food source, given their relatively light weight, or as a treat when it comes time to handle a very difficult part of the route.
This is because these things are full of protein and calories. Few other ready meals are as nutritionally balanced as these products. They advertise that they have twice as much protein as the competition, and with each serving having around 20 grams of protein, they aren’t kidding.
Additionally, these meals just taste good. Somehow, the manufacturers have created a process that allows the tastes to be maintained, despite being largely dehydrated. This isn’t just about the pasta, rice, and vegetables, but also the sauces and meat. A number of reviewers simply cannot get over how good the meals taste, both on the trail and in the kitchen.
That said, Peak is still building out their offerings, and like we said, they are definitely going for quality first. The offerings are still scant in terms of total meals offered, and tend to be the same mix of a starch plus protein and vegetables. Those who try to avoid starches for dietary reasons may not find a lot of luck with Peak’s offerings.

If you do enjoy rice or potatoes with your meals, then you’re in luck. From Asian-inspired rice dishes to a downright homey Beef Stroganoff, Peak wants to provide great taste. If you want someone that reminds you that you are in the backwoods, then it’s hard to beat a dinner like an Elk Ragu Pasta. More than a few of their customers think that doesn’t sound so bad on a weeknight.

Pros

  • They Are Delicious - It’s hard to ignore just how incredibly tasty these meals are. Peak has seemingly taken a list of every complaint about lightweight camping food and found a way to fix it. From sauces that are rich and not watery to proteins that actually taste like they were cooked in a kitchen, Peak has created the sort of meal experience that plenty of outdoors-minded people have been craving.
  • They Are Full of Protein - Chances are that when you’re outdoors, you’re burning a lot more calories than usual. These meals have been created with that in mind. Each portion contains around 20 grams of protein, which is what many people aim to eat with each meal. Additionally, with each portion featuring around 400 calories, this coupled with an energy bar or fruit offers a well-rounded meal that will leave you full without making you feel sluggish.
  • They Are Incredibly Lightweight - Even if you’re not hiking for hundreds of miles, added weight in a pack is never a good thing. Peak has cut the weight of their meals substantially.
  • They Were Created with Backpackers in Mind - The pouches can be used to help carry food waste out, eliminating the chance of littering. The meals themselves require less water to prepare, and simply are topped off with water and left to warm for ten minutes. Everything about them was created with the goal of keeping your focus on nature, not the nuisance of cooking.

Cons

  • They Are Expensive - At around $6.50 per serving, these aren’t too bad of a purchase for someone who is looking to round out their food choices for a camping trip, but if you’re looking for a long-term food solution in the event of an emergency, these may not be your best option.
  • Portions Can Be Small - Peak is a bit misleading about the portion size on the packaging. Each package claims to have more than 40 grams of protein, but that is per pouch. Each pouch is two servings, which can leave some a bit hungry, especially after a long day of outdoors activity. Rounded out with an energy bar, fruit, or smores (or all three), it’s not so bad. However, we can see how this would leave plenty of backwoods explorers hungry afterwards.

Bottom Line

Peak has created some of the tastiest and lightest ready meals for outdoors enthusiasts to use. While they aren’t as versatile when it comes to other needs, like emergency preparedness, as other brands might be, they make up for this by seemingly being created for the backwoods explorer. From the water requirement to reheat the meal to the fact that everything just tastes amazing, it is clear that Peak is on to something with their Refuel line of meals.

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