High-Fat Keto (ish) Backpack Food Round-UP

DIY Low-carb backpackingfood

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.

Delta Alaska Dall Sheep Hunt

The Benefits of Fat-Fueled Sheep Hunting

  • Less Inflammation (especially if you are eating healthy foods)
  • Lighter food (bonus: fatty foods taste really yummy)
  • Mental clarity
  • More energy
  • Hunger feels different, less urgent
  • No energy crashes

Here are posts about Why You Should Go Keto for Sheep Hunting and the Nutrional Plan I used to become Fat-adapted.

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:)

Keto Breakfast in the Backcountry

Instant bullet proof coffee for the backcountry

What I Packed

Instant Backcountry Bulletproof Coffee*

How Much It Weighed

1.5 oz

How Many Calories

About 500 kcals

Pros

  • Really simple to prep at home
  • Really simple to make in the backcountry
  • Contains fat (with some MCTs), protein (some collagen), and caffeine.

Cons

  • I didn’t love the taste of the MCT powder I used.
  • Sometimes it’s hard to drink 500 Calories first thing in the morning.

Next Time

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.

Snacks

Triple Cocoa Coconut Fat Bombs for keto backpacking

What I Packed

Triple Cocoa Coconut Fat Bombs

How Much It Weighed

Just over 1.5 oz/ 3 balls

How Many Calories

Almost 400 kcals/3 balls

Pros

  • High-fat
  • contains chocolate (yummy)

Cons

  • I can’t really think of any, but cocoa butter has a melting point of over 90 degrees F, so if it was hotter than that you might have a mess, but that is not a problem where I live/hunt.
  • Some people may not like them unsweetened, but you can add a little coconut sugar if you like (that’s how my husband prefers them).

Next Time

The TCC Fat Bombs will definitely find their way back into my pack.

What I Packed

Conventional Snack Bars (example: Cliff Bars)

How Much It Weighed

Varies greatly

How Many Calories

About 250-400 kcal

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Some taste pretty good.
  • You don’t have to make them.

Cons

  • They are full of sugar and other additives.

Next Time

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 are some of the bars I’m considering

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.

Keto Lunch in the Backcountry

packable keto lunch

What I Packed

Super Easy Packable Keto Lunch

How Much It Weighed

About 4 oz

How many Calories

About 500 kcals

Pros

  • Contain fat and protein
  • Taste good
  • If you use Paleo Valley Beef Sticks, they contain probiotics, to keep your guts happy in the backcountry
  • These were so good, I still make them for lunches on the go, and almost always have some in my fridge

Cons

  • I’ll let you know when I find of one

Next Time

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.

Keto Dinners in the Backcountry

DYI high-fat dehydrated dinners

What I Packed

DIY High-Fat Dehydrated Meals*

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.

How Much It Weighed

About 6.5 oz.

How Many Calories

At least 900 kcal

Pros

  • Tasted really good
  • Contain, fat, protein, veggies, and collagen

Cons

  • They are a bit of a project to make but can be made way ahead of time and stored in the freezer.

Next Time

I’ll probably try different recipes because I love making up new ones.

If you want an even lower carb dinner, check out my new recipe Low-Carb Dehydrated Berbere Chicken Soup!

I will switch to fat packets, such as ghee and coconut oil, instead of putting butter in a Tupperware container, for less mess and easier portioning.

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.

Treats in the Backcountry

What I Packed

Mini-candy bars

How Much It Weighed

Less than 1 oz

How Many Calories

about 40

Pros

  • Great little treat
  • Good for morale

Cons

  • Might kick you out of ketosis for a bit, but honestly, I don’t care. Sheep hunting is such hard work I would bet most of the sugar is used to replenish glycogen. And sometimes the morale-boosting effect of a little candy is just worth it.

Next Time

Mini-candy bars will always have a place in my pack (especially dark chocolate, Snickers, or dark chocolate peanut butter cups), that is my choice, you decide if they are worth it for you:)

Supplements

What I Packed

Onnit Shroom Tech Sport

Spirulina Tablets

Turmeric

Here is a post on what I brought and why

Next Time

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:)

Totals

What I Packed

How Much It Weighed

Just over 1 pound per day!! All packed up and ready to go! Not kidding you!

How Many Calories

Over 3000 kcals!

Pros

  • I felt great!
  • All the food was really enjoyable, let’s face it, everything tastes better in the backcountry.

Cons

  • It took some time to make all the food.

Next Time

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.

Breakfast for Dall Sheep Hunt

*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.

Gina Shively with Dall Ram

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.

Let me know what you pack and if you have any questions. You can always find me on Instagram to see how I am getting ready for my next hunt.

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