Jess and the amazing team at TentMeals are now supporting me during my Running the Summits mountainous challenge and I am hugely grateful because not only are they a fantastic small team who really care about their customers, their products and the environment they also make super scrummy camping meals!
In their own words they are…
…wholeheartedly dedicated to making the best expedition food – meals that are delicious, natural, high energy, lightweight and easy to prepare.
Each packet is nutritionally packed with the good stuff ( no nasty additives or preservatives) and are suitable for vegan diets. What really amazed me though was how truly tiny the packs are! They looked very small on the website but when they arrived I was amazed – absolutely perfect for squeezing into stuffed backpacks and keeping things fast and light! Conversely, when prepared ( which was also even more quick and simple than I could have imagined) the meals bloomed into very satisfying portions. I am a pretty big eater and thought I would have no troubles wolfing down the large ( its all relative) 800kcal packs but even I had some laters leftovers. On an energetic day on the hill these would make the perfect recharge dinner.
The meals also require much less cooking than I expected which also means they are very quick, easy and light on fuel usage, all of which is great at the end of a long days’ running (or hiking, climbing, trekking, kayaking, ski touring, SUP’ing, canoeing or long distance space hopper’ing!) Basically you just add boiling water to the pack contents and leave for the required time….though in practise I did prefer to bring the meal back to the boil before eating. You can even prepare them with cold water so if your fuel runs out, your stove is playing hard to get or your stormproof matches are losing a battle with gale force winds you can still have a tasty and nutrient rich meal at the end of the day.
I am particularly impressed with just how easy the meals are to prepare – there IS basically no preparation! This is going to be such a joy at the end of long running days during this challenge – I can set up camp by which time dinner will have virtually made itself! Finding, carrying and preparing ingredients became quite a chore during my #3PeAksRun and I often missed out on healthy well balanced meals because of it.
The Tent Meals facebook page is also full of quick and easy recipe idea posts that maximise energy or protein intake for when you can pick up fresh ingredients on your adventures.
Tent Meals also supply trail mix packs and some base dried ingredients, especially useful if you like to throw an extra handful of veggies into your meal as I do. This makes them a one stop shop for your outdoor adventures nutrition whether you are planning an overnight wild camp or an arctic expedition. No need for any more end of day squashed sandwiches!
But don’t just take my word for it – check them out for yourself at TentMeals.co.uk or bring a spoon and catch up with me at dinner time on one of my 1000 summits! (would love it if someone actually did that!😁)
Happy trails 👣