Friday, November 11, 2016

Bedrock Beef Chili & Butte Cacao Banana: PALEO MEALS TO GO

Those experienced with the Paleo Diet know how easy it is to head to the grocery, pick up grass-fed, organic meat and organic vegetables to create delicious, flavorful recipes that fulfill their dietary needs. While it may take a little time to prepare these meals, the end result is a flavorful, protein-rich breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner.

Experienced Paleo Dieters have plenty of recipes on hand. They know how easy it is to head to their local grocery or Farmers Market to pick up grass-fed meat and organic vegetables. Putting together delicious, flavorful meals that fulfill their dietary needs is easy when they're at home in their kitchen.

But what about people who spend a great deal of time on the go? How can people who spend time on multi-day camping, hiking, or backpacking trips still benefit from the Paleo Diet? How can busy moms and dads prepare quick, easy Paleo meals that can be eaten no matter where they are?


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What is the Paleo Diet?
The Paleo Diet is a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food.


Ty Soukup faced a similar dilemma while on a multi-day backpacking trip in Aspen, Colorado. Forced to choose between the only "on the go" Paleo meal options at the time, Soukup decided that Paleo Dieters needed something new—something delicious, hearty, paleo-approved, and shelf-stable to bring along on their outdoor trips.

This is precisely why he and his mother banded together to create Paleo Meals To Go.


But these meals appeal to more than just the outdoor enthusiast. As mentioned previously, I am a homeschooling mother of two. I know first-hand how difficult it can be to maintain a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to how you eat. What first turned me on to Paleo Meals To Go was that they offer quick, nutritious, paleo-approved meals that are ready to eat in 10 to 12 minutes.

Paleo Meals To Go offer a wholesome, delicious combination of freeze-dried ingredients that are shelf-stable and last for up to 18 months.

Paleo Meals To Go contain ingredients that are:
  • Gluten free
  • Grain free
  • Milk free
  • Soy free
  • Protein rich
  • Shelf-stable

The packages are lightweight, around 3.5 ounces, and won't weigh down backpackers, hikers, and campers. They can even be used as military MREs and in emergency supply kits. Alternatively, if you're someone pressed for time, you can keep these around for a quick breakfast, lunch, or dinner without sacrificing your commitment to a healthier life.



For me, these quick, easy Paleo meal options are a godsend. I prepared these meals at home but quickly noted how easy it would be to prepare and eat right out of the package while out and about.

Seriously. It's as easy as heating up water over a fire or portable stove, pouring water directly into the pouch, waiting 10 to 12 minutes, and then, they're ready to eat. You can also use cold water, if hot water is hard to come by. Re-hydration times may vary with cold water and at higher elevations, so keep that in mind.

Bedrock Beef Chili


First up on the menu is the Bedrock Beef Chili.


This chili is made up of beef, sweet potatoes, and vegetables.

Ingredients

Beef (Beef, Salt), Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Tomato Powder, Seasoning Blend (Chili Powder [Chilies, Salt, Spices], Spices, Granulated Garlic), Carrots, Coconut Sugar, Red Bell Pepper, Green Bell Pepper, Tomatoes, Sea Salt

Nutrition Facts



The Nutrition Facts are highly reasonable. The amount of vegetables add to the carbohydrate count, which will keep you energized. Please note that these are complex carbs, not empty carbs. The package also contains 6 grams of fiber, 21 grams of coconut sugar, and 32 grams of protein.


Preparation was incredibly easy.


This is what the ingredients look like before adding liquid.


Simply open the pouch, remove the oxygen absorber, reseal the package, flip it upside down to mix any ingredients that may have settled. Reopen the package, stand it upright, and heat up 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of water.

Pour the water directly into the package.


Reseal the package and allow it to sit for 10 to 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, check to make sure it is properly re-hydrated. You can then eat it directly out of the pouch. You may also pour it into a bowl, if you'd like.


This is a beefy, hearty meal, one that provides a lot of sustenance. I was actually surprised at the amount of food there was. It's enough to fill your belly and warm you up without weighing you down.


It's chock-full of vegetables and hearty chunks of meat; you certainly won't be stuck looking for the beef in this chili. It's in every bite.

The meal is flavorful, too, with just the right amount of spice.


Overall, I was impressed with the Bedrock Beef Chili. Who knew that a freeze-dried, prepackaged meal could taste so fresh?

Definitely a win in my book.

Grab your bag of Bedrock Beef Chili.


Next up was the Butte Cacao Banana.

Butte Cacao Banana



The picture on this one features lots of large banana slices, strawberries, and almonds.


Ingredients

Bananas, Almond Flour, Flaxseed Meal, Almond Slivers, Whole Almonds, Cacao Nibs, Strawberries, Coconut Sugar, Ground Vanilla Beans, Sea Salt

Nutrition Facts



Again, the nutrition facts are highly reasonable. With 570 calories and 16 grams of protein, this is an excellent nutritious option for breakfast on the go.

You prepare the Butte Cacao Banana the same way that you prepare most Paleo To Go Meals. Just open the package, remove the oxygen absorber, flip the package upside down to mix any ingredients that might have settled, stand upright, open, and pour in your liquid. Reseal the package, allow to stand for 10 to 12 minutes, and then eat!

This is what it looks like before adding liquid.


I decided to cook this one on the stove top. It's pretty much exactly the same preparation method, although with a pot instead of cooking it directly in the bag; just boil the water, pour in the ingredients, stir, cover, remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 to 12 minutes.



After removing the Butte Cacao Banana from the pot, I noticed that it doesn't look much like it does on the picture. This didn't bother me because it's a "to-go" meal, not something that you are preparing or cooking in your kitchen.


I'll admit that it doesn't look appetizing, but the thing is, it smells and tastes amazing! This, to me, was a fantastic way to start my morning. I did, however, add more bananas (because I love bananas), but keep in mind this increases the calorie and carbohydrate count.



Overall, these meals are quite different from what's already on the market for Paleo Dieters. They're made with quality ingredients, freeze-dried to maintain as much freshness as possible, they're quick to prepare, full of flavor, and paleo-approved. If you ever have a busy day, you can heat up some water and have a full, hearty meal ready in minutes. If you're backpacking, hiking, or camping, you can have delicious, healthy meals, no matter where you are.

Head on over to Paleo Meals To Go to check out their selection.


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Why is the Paleo Diet beneficial?


  • High in fiber
  • High in potassium
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Low in simple carbs
  • Low in sugar
  • Reduced sodium

The diet also encourages the removal of processed food or food with artificial ingredients or dyes. It emphasizes organic and non-GMO foods that are local and sustainable, along with grass-fed meat.

The paleo diet forces your body to work hard to obtain calories but provides enough nutrients for optimize efficiency. It can improve blood sugar and lipid profiles.



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