Time for my state-of-the-backpacking-kitchen blog. I don’t get over here much anymore since I worked most of the kinks out of the backpacking eating situation, but I do have some protein notes to share since we’ve starting eating paleo at home. You can bet I’m doing my best to transition that onto the trail!
We will be adding these bars to our backpacking menu, and probably to our day hike choices as well, especially since we now know the ABOFB, according to a prompt email reply from Dr. Jack Singh (founder of OFB Inc.), “supplies approximately 4 servings of vegetable and fruit nutrition along with almonds and sprouted flax (omega-3, 6 & 9).”
These bars will not be replacing the 8-servings of veg & fruit available from the yummy Rebars, but will supplement with good fats, extra protein and that truly delectable texture and flavor. Kinda like a peanut butter & jelly sandwich … without the bread!
Use the link provided in the Backpacking Food Info investigate Organic Food Bar ingredients. You’ll want one … and so will your friends, whether they hike or not!
Although I planned to comment on the bins of abandoned backpacking food donated by JMT thru-hikers at the re-supply sites of Red’s Meadow, Vermillion andMuir Ranch, that must wait. Because today I grocery shopped for the first time since coming home (how grateful we are for the abundant garden!) & discovered a “new” food bar at the Davis Food Co-op. Yes, I’ve since discovered that the Organic Food Bar company started in 2001, but I have missed out! I bought the Active Green version & ate it in the grocery aisle, pleased with the fresh flavor & chewy texture and not at all adverse to the dark green color. I bet it would take even better while actually backpacking!
OFB Active Green tastes remarkably like our longtime favorite food bar, Rebar, a bar made entirely & completely of raw, organic fruits & veggies. Nothing else added. While OFB is also a green bar, it includes some seeds, nuts and sprouts, as well as agave nectar (3d ingredient in the list). Rebar also makes a nut/seed bar, but since it contains soy, we haven’t been able to add it to our repertoire.
Both of these bars are free of gluten, soy, dairy & egg.
The bars have similar amounts of carbohydrates (38/34), sugars (20/22) & fiber (7/6). OFB, however, provides 10 extra grams of protein (12) with the added bonus of 13 g of fat to Rebar’s none, thanks to the almond butter listed as the first ingredient. OFB is also a bigger bar at 68 grams to Rebar’s 50.
The calories/ounce ratio (important to consider when planning one’s backpacking menu) looks like this:
- OFB = 125 calories per oz
- RB = 91.4 calories per oz
Since getting the “hungries” on the JMT trip (more on that another day), I’m interested in adding more fat to my food. Whether the OFB is the answer, or whether I’d be just as well off to throw another handful of nuts into my gorp and keep eating the 8-servings-of-veggies Rebar, is a question to explore. Wonder how many servings of veggies the OFB contains with all those sprouts?
After all, fat is easy to add on a backpack (nuts, anyone?). Fresh veggies on the trail? Not so much.