All the ultralight backpacking recipes you'll need to put a pep in your step and avoid flavor fatigue.
Recipes plus your favorites at your fingertips, drag & drop meal planner, and auto-generated shopping lists.
Recipes plus all the tools and resources to meal plan with ease, dietitian moderated forum, plus live masterclasses.
175+ Ultralight Recipes
New Recipe Added Monthly
Complete Nutrition Profile & Dry Weight
Metric & US Customary Measurements
Adjustable Serving Sizes
Field Instruction Labels for Packaging
Search by Ingredients & Sort by Calories per Ounce
Filter by Special Diet, Meal Type, Meal Prep, & More
Favorite Recipes Collection
Create Unlimited Custom Meal Plans
Meal Plans Auto-Tabulate Daily Nutrition Profile
100's of Commercial Meals & Snacks
Shopping Lists Auto-Generated & Mobile-Friendly
3-Day 3000, 4000, & 5000 Calorie Sample Meal Plans
7-Day Maximum Variety Sample Meal Plan
7-Day No-Cook Sample Meal Plan
7-Day Ultralight Thru-Hiker Sample Meal Plan
Dietitian Moderated Forums
Hiker to Hiker Discussions
Live Virtual Masterclasses
Dietitian Produced Live Masterclasses (over $120 value)
Recipe & Meal Prep Demonstrations
Live Q&A Sessions
"These ultralight recipes are not only easy to make but are very nutritious! They save a ton of weight compared to traditional backpacking meals. I would recommend this to anyone seriously considering reducing their pack weight & taking their nutrition seriously on trail."
Tahoe Rim Trail
"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."
"I eat a very healthy diet ‘in real life’ including being vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy light. I contacted Aaron and she put together a fantastic hike menu for me that achieved my goals of low weight, high nutrition, and avoidance of meat, gluten, and dairy. If you want to eat well in the backcountry, call Aaron."
"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.
"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!!!!!"
"Even though my 2020 PCT hike was delayed, I greatly enjoyed preparing Aaron's recipes as they all sound really yummy and are so easy to put together. All of the ones I've sampled have been very tasty and I know they will help keep me going on trail in 2021! I have also really appreciated her personal response whenever I have a question."
Prepping for PCT
"I am very pleased with Backcountry Foodie and the variety the website has. I personally use their resources for thru-hiking meal planning, and it has helped me out tremendously! Every long distance hiker should be looking into what Backcountry Foodie has to offer!"
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Aaron Owens Mayhew, MS, RDN
Probably! You can filter our recipes by diet type including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut free, low-sodium, & low-sugar. We also include special diet-friendly ingredient substitutions as appropriate.
Leave that stove at home if you want! We offer cold soak recipes and no-cook options.
Yes! You’ll find several sample recipes within the Recipes menu at the top of this page. Test drive our adjustable serving sizes and see how quick & easy they are to prepare.
Absolutely! Each recipe includes a PDF with field instruction labels, which can be downloaded and printed.
Yes! As you create meal plans using your favorite recipes and commercial foods, the total calories, food weight, & complete nutrition profile are calculated and displayed.
Yes! The sample meal plans can be used as a starting point and customized to meet your needs using our drag & drop editor.
No, unless you want to dry your own ingredients. We currently have 14 recipes that require a dehydrator.
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We offer a 30-day, no questions asked, money-back guarantee. If you don’t love your membership, you’re covered.
Yes! If you decide to add or remove features, we can change your membership level using a pro-rated price.
Premium members can attend all of our live, virtual masterclasses for free. Registration is required prior to each class and replays are made available for 72 hours.