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Ultralight Recipes

Optimized for Peak Performance

200+ dietitian-created ultralight recipes designed to encourage recovery and reduce inflammation.

Special Diet Friendly

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, low-sodium, and low-sugar options.

Ultralight & Low Volume

Bear can friendly recipes averaging >140 calories per ounce to save you pack weight and space.

Freezer Bag Style

Simply mix dry ingredients and prepare in 5 minutes or less at home and on trail. No cooking, simmering, or dehydrating required.

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"Backcountry Foodie is my go-to resource for recipes for my backpacking trips. The recipes are not only delicious and light-weight but they’re nutritious and will save you money. I also love the peace of mind of knowing what’s in my food. Thanks so much, Aaron!"

Jess B.

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Easily search for recipes using a variety of filters in addition to member ratings and reviews.

Nutrition & Dry Weight Values

Carbohydrate, fiber, protein, fat, sodium, kcal/oz, and dry weight (ounces & grams) provided.

Unit Conversions & Adjustable Serving Sizes

Switch between US customary/Metric and adjust serving sizes with a click of a button.

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Create a favorites list and print recipes with field instruction labels for later use.

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Meal Planner

Multi-Day Backpacking Meal Plans

Create unlimited meal plans with just a few clicks using our recipes and 700+ commercial foods, bars, and snacks.

Auto-Calculated Nutrition Summary & Dry Weight

A complete nutrition profile is auto-calculated for each day including total calories, dry weight, water volume needed for meal prep, and more!

Mobile Friendly Shopping List

Customizable shopping lists are auto-generated based on meal plans selected.

Dietitian-Created Meal Plans

Use any of the 43 sample ultralight meal plans as a starting point when planning for your adventures. 3000, 4000, and 5000 calorie, thru-hiker, no-cook, and no-appetite options are available.

Check out this video to see where the magic happens!

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Backcountry Foodie provides nutrition coaching for Trust the Trail's guided backpacking trips. Aaron was featured on episode 180 of their podcast, which provides a great overview of her approach to ultralight meal planning for backpackers. Check it out here.

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Expert advice delivered via livestream and on-demand virtual masterclasses by an ultralight, long-distance hiking dietitian with 20+ years of backpacking experience.

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Learn how you can efficiently prepare ultralight recipes at home and on trail and save time and money.

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Ask your backpacking food questions and receive immediate answers.

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what our members are saying

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"Backcountry Foodie was a wonderful resource for my Colorado Trail planning. The recipes were easy and tasty, the tools were streamlined and easy to use, and the food planning which I had been dreading turned out to be fun! Thanks, Backcountry Foodie, for a great experience!"

Caroline D.

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"I am just so wowed by your recipes!  I am doing tests at home at this point and I am more excited than ever to get out backpacking so I can eat more of what I have been testing.  These calorie bomb meals are delicious, but would be very dangerous if I made them part of my home meal routine. 😉"

Robin M.

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"I’ve been using Backcountryfoodie.com for over a year. I like the variety of meal recipes, but I really appreciate that Aaron is making sure that I’m getting a balance of carbs, fats, and protein. That keeps me hiking strong."

David B.

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"Yesterday was the first time I used your meal planner feature to create my own with your recipes and I LOVE it! Having the water and oils quantities listed in the nutritional count was a surprising and most appreciated find! This will be our first thru hike and we are leaning heavily on your nutrition guidance and are very grateful for you."

Deborah A.

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"I love what Aaron is doing! I firmly believe that nutrition is key to SO many parts of life and my biggest fear of a thru hike was not nourishing my body in a way that would help me have sustained energy, maintain muscle and stay mentally strong for 6 months. However, then I found Backcountry Foodie and I feel like it is TOTALLY possible."

Andrea M.

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"On my five-day hike, your meals/recipes stood out. I look forward to them each day. In fact, for the meals where I did not use your recipes, I was disappointed in myself for not using your meals. You and your recipes definitely added to the quality of my trip!!!!!"

Paul H.

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"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. As I get older and hike further, keeping my pack weight low while maintaining healthy nutrition is important." Read full review here.

Ellie

Here's what you can expect on your next adventure...

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Delicious Ultralight Recipes

You'll look forward to your meals in the backcountry!

Feel Great on Trail

Power through the day and finish feeling strong with protein optimized for performance and carbohydrate to protein ratio needed for recovery.

Lighter, Smaller Food Bag

Ultralight recipes maximize the calories and nutrition per gram to reduce your overall pack weight and volume.

Quick & Easy Meal Prep

Freezer-bag style meals are prepared in half the time and use less than half the water when compared to commerciallu freeze-dried meals.

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