I’m a firm believer in my own version of the thru-hiking food pyramid. Cheese-gummy candy- chips. I don’t leave the store without them. But when this is met with my every day life cravings for veggies, veggies, and more veggies, I am often left leaving the grocery store packing out 5 extra pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The weight of my pack brings a fresh and healthy misery to my shoulders that is thanked when reaching camp and popping in a few cherry tomatoes and bunches of kale into my mac and cheese.
When I discovered Food for the Sole I was excited to try a healthful alternative that didn’t make me whimper when I start the 3,000 foot climb out of town. These meals are delicious, densely nutritious, and just about perfectly pack a thru-hikers ounce for 100 calorie ratio. After hiking 20-30 miles a day, it’s tough to find food that actually satisfies the hiker hunger. It’s awesome to eat a meal that does that and also has ingredients I know are good for my body and are not just going to burn off while I sleep. (Gotta keep that gut working with lots-o-veggie fiber). My favorite so far was the Lentil Walnut Pilaf with Kale. After a pretty big day, I added cheddar cheese to it to bring the calories up and it was awesome. I would eat this off trail and I only say that about mac+cheese.
Besides the rad food they make, this is also a company that’s passionate about getting people outside and keeping them healthy. I try to be intentional about supporting companies whose values align with my own. Food for the Sole donated food for my thru-hike, helping move along my own journey, as well as support the cause I’m fundraising for. FFTS is a mother-son owned business so I’ll go ahead and put that in the category of women-supporting-women and people who are passionate about getting ALL individuals into wild places (and doing it with spice and flavor).
I highly recommend Food for the Sole for adventuring into wild places or for quick, easy healthful meals on the go. And when you can’t get your hands on one of their tasty meals, consider packing out a pound or two or fresh veggies. Your body will thank you either way!