I have posted some of the recipes from my Dall Sheep Hunt last year, but I thought a little High-Fat Keto (ish) Backpack Food Round-UP would be helpful. I learned a few things on my hunt, a couple of things I do differently next, found new products and developed new recipes so those notes will be included as well.
WARNING before packing high-fat, mostly low-carb foods I spent several months becoming fat adapted. If you are not fat-adapted you should stick to meals with plenty of carbs, or you will feel crappy. If you have questions about becoming fat adapted let me know:)
About 500 kcals
Since my hunt, I have come up with 5 new recipes for Protein Keto Coffee that taste better. Next hunt I will probably bring a could of each.
I will also bring black coffee for first thing in the morning and wait until I am hungry in the morning to have my cup of “bulletproof” coffee.
Just over 1.5 oz/ 3 balls
Almost 400 kcals/3 balls
The TCC Fat Bombs will definitely find their way back into my pack.
About 250-400 kcal
Since going on my last sheep hunt, I have found some other brands that are more to my liking. They have “cleaner” ingredients and higher fat content. Next time I will bring some of them.
Here is my Pinterest Board for Keto Backpacking Foods. As I find bars and other keto/healthier food options I add them to this board. Closer to hunting season I will start testing them out on longer hikes, I’ll post my findings on Instagram.
About 4 oz
About 500 kcals
I’ll probably back just macadamia nuts. I love them and they have a high-fat content, and I don’t really mind eating the same thing every day.
Note: To make these meals truly “keto” you will need to leave out the potatoes in the Japanese Curry and the Beans in the Chili. I don’t really care if I am #keto. I wasn’t worried about some carbs because of the high amount of physical activity I was doing. My goal is never to be “KETO”, I just want to feel my best and decrease my pack weight.
About 6.5 oz.
At least 900 kcal
I’ll probably try different recipes because I love making up new ones.
UPDATE: Recently I have been playing around with powdered butter. While it doesn’t taste quite as yummy, it can be added to the bag before it is sealed.
Less than 1 oz
I will bring them again, they made a huge difference.
Next hunt I will also bring Wilderness Athlete Paleo(ish) Hydrate and Recover, and their Mid-night Build. Since my hunt, I have started using them and love them. They really help me recover after a hard workout, which sheep hunting is:)
I will never go back to Mountain House’s and Low-Fat, high-carb backpacking food! I will make a couple of tweaks here and there, but for the most part, it will be the same.
*I did pack a couple Heather’s Choice Dinners for days I felt like more carbs or wanted more variety and a couple of the breakfasts for my husband (I ended up eating one as a celebratory meal). This hunt was before I knew Heather or had done any projects with Heather’s Choice, I just think it is a really solid company and makes great healthy options.
Hope this helps you. It is always important to try out new foods before your hunt. Just because they worked for me doesn’t mean they will work for you. Remember your mind and body are under a lot of stress when you backpack hunt and that will change the way your body reacts to different foods.
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