For everyone, and especially for people with diabetes, consistently making healthy food choices is vital to feeling good and staying healthy. This can be especially difficult when spending many hours or days out in nature. Unfortunately, many temperature-stable foods that are marketed for campers, hikers, and alike are often full of preservatives, artificial ingredients and sugar.
Enter Sugar Summit Backcountry, a company focused on delivering healthier and carb-conscious foods to support your outdoor adventures. I received some products to try at no charge for the review and all opinions are my own.
Who They Are
The company was founded by a husband and wife team, Christine and Kevin, and inspired by Christine’s type 1 diabetes diagnosis. The couple had always enjoyed adventuring in nature, but Christine found that there were few carb-conscious options available that she could easily bring along on their trips. So, they aspired to create products that are nutrient-dense, healthy options and are both shelf-stable and delicious:
“We make delicious, nutrient-packed meals for camping, backpacking, or wherever the trail takes you. We create small-batch, carbohydrate-conscious and high-protein meals adaptable for omnivores and vegans alike, and support sustainable and local ingredients whenever possible.”
The company has several different products, including trail mix and cereal, as well as larger meals, like curry chicken, sweet potato stew, and vegan chili.
My favorite product was the trail mix. With only nine all-natural ingredients and plenty of fiber, it was a great combination of sweet and salty, and the high protein and fat content can help in maintaining energy levels during long-duration exercise.
I also really liked the Curry Chicken meal. It was easy to prepare (requiring only hot water to reconstitute) and contains just four wholesome ingredients (plus seasonings). It is low in carbohydrates, high in fiber, and packed with plant-based protein to keep you going. I thought the spice level was perfect and both my husband and three-year-old daughter enjoyed it (OK, she just picked out the peas, but that is a big win in the toddler book)!
Also, the serving sizes were very generous, and I thought the pricing was very reasonable, given the high quality of the ingredients.
You can find the full product page and pricing information here.
I highly recommend checking out these products if you’re in search of lower-carb and more wholesome options to bring on your next outdoor adventure. Many of these products will appeal to vegetarians and vegans or anyone looking to incorporate more plant-based meals and snacks. Most products are gluten-free as well, so are also a great option for those with sensitivity to gluten and Celiac disease.
As the camping and hiking season kicks off across the country, why not try something new that is both delicious and good for you!
Have you tried this line of foods? Please let us know what you think in the comments below and happy adventuring!