Live virtual talk Sunday, 5/31. Aaron will discuss ways to maximize your nutrition to avoid hitting the wall. Register here! 

Eat Well
Pack Light

Save time, money & 
pack weight while maximizing nutrition!

Eat Well.
Pack Light.

Save time, money, & pack weight while maximizing 
your nutrition!

Livestream Event Coming May 31st

Bonking, or hitting the wall, can be a backpacker’s worst nightmare!

Join Aaron on May 31st at 7pm EST (4pm PST) for a virtual talk where you will learn:
  • What causes bonking?
  • ​What are the signs and symptoms?
  • What to eat before, during and after hiking – how much and how often.
  • ​How to account for extreme conditions.
You can also expect...
  • Ultralight meal replacement recipe demonstration
  • ​Interactive Q&A session 
Aaron Owens Mayhew. Registered Dietitian and Long Distance Backpacker.
Hi, I'm Aaron
with my sidekick, Ella.
I help backpackers (like you!) make homemade ultralight recipes and meal plan with ease so you can spend less time, money and effort preparing for your adventures.
As a registered dietitian and ultralight long-distance backpacker, I created Backcountry Foodie™ while preparing homemade, lightweight meals for my thru-hike attempt of the Pacific Crest Trail in 2017. Our recipes and meal planning services are a result of hiking 1000s of miles and field testing hundreds of recipes to ensure they meet hikers' high energy needs. 
Click here, to learn more about my journey and see my passion in action!
Wish You Could Eat Healthier On Trail?

MAXIMIZE YOUR NUTRITION WITH OUR DELICIOUS ULTRALIGHT RECIPES

Sun Dried Tomato Pesto Pasta backpacking recipe ready to eat on trail
Quick & Easy
Combine simple ingredients & prepare freezer-bag style recipes in less than 5 min.
Cherry Macadamia Bites ultralight backpacking recipe. Delicious high energy trail snack.
Make Every Gram Count
Maximize your calories & nutrition while minimizing pack weight & volume.
Yogurt Parfait ultralight backpacking recipe.
Less than $3 per Serving
Huge savings versus commercial freeze-dried meals that you likely don't enjoy.

No dehydrator needed unless you choose to dry your own ingredients.

Welcome To Our Ultralight Recipes Dashboard

FEATURING 75 UNIQUE ULTRALIGHT BACKPACKING RECIPES

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Member Dashboard
✓ Recipes at hand via any device
Cookbooks are great but our dashboard keeps recipes at your fingertips, whether you're at home, the grocery store, or resupplying in town.
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Ultralight Recipes
✓ Complete nutrition information
Simple recipes with calories per ounce, protein, carbs, fiber, sugar, fat, dry weight, quick-reference icons, prep time, and directions for home & trail!
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Organized & Cross Referenced
✓ Sorted by calories per ounce
Recipes sorted by meal type, cooking style, & dietary needs. Cold soak, gluten free, low sugar? You're covered! Recipes are cross referenced by common ingredients.

You haven't seen recipes like these before!

Click here for a complete list of our 75 ultralight recipes.
Recipes Featured In...
Recipes You Can Look Forward To...
Overwhelmed by meal planning for your adventures?

UPGRADE TO 175 ULTRALIGHT RECIPES + MEAL PLANNING MADE EASY!

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Ultralight Meal Plans
3000, 4000, & 5000 calorie ultralight meal plans with substitution lists for recipes and a long list of commercial bars/snacks. Available via PDF or make your own via our Google Sheets.
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Meal Planning Resources
All the information & tools needed to meal plan with ease. Monthly webinars provide straight-forward meal planning and nutrition info. Worksheets, tip sheets, and a vast FAQ resource.
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Group Video Web Calls
Join us each month and bring your questions! Aaron holds two 60-min group calls each month to answer your questions & share her expertise as a registered dietitian & thru-hiker.

these are only a few of the awesome features included with the service

What Does All This Mean For You?

  • You do NOT have to carry 2 pounds of food per day!
  • ​You CAN eat delicious, healthy food on trail.
  • ​You CAN prepare meals in half the time that require half the water.
  • ​You WILL have enough room in your bear can.
  • ​You WILL look forward to the meals, drinks, snacks, & desserts you packed!
Recipes You Can Look Forward To...
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         PCT thru-hiking?
       CDT bikepacking?
       Climbing denali?
       Rowing the Atlantic?
        Special dietary needs?
       Want to eat well but no time to plan?
  
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Let's work together 
to meet your personal goals.  
 
Thank you for helping us support the Pacific Crest Trail Association
1% of your purchase price will benefit the PCTA
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1% of your purchase price will benefit the PCTA

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NOT SURE IF OUR ULTRALIGHT RECIPES ARE RIGHT FOR YOU?

  • If you don't love our recipes or meal planning services, we want to hear from you.
  • ​Simply email us at support@backcountryfoodie.com, call or text 425-864-1647 and get a full refund. No questions asked.
  • ​You're covered by our 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • ​Payments and refunds are processed securely by Stripe.
Frequently Asked Questions...
Do I need a dehydrator?
No! Unless you choose to dehydrate your own fruit, vegetables and pasta at home.
Are vegan & gluten free recipes available?
Yep! We have a variety of vegan friendly, gluten free, & nut free recipes to choose from.
How much do the recipes weigh?
Recipe dry weight ranges from 1.5 oz (42 g) to 6 oz (168 g). Dry weigh of the meal is listed on each recipe. Click here to see an example.
Will I have to buy freeze-dried ingredients?
Nope! Some of our recipes include freeze-dried ingredients but most use ingredients commonly found at grocery stores such as noodles, parmesan cheese and nuts.
Do recipes include nutrition information?
Yes! Protein, carbohydrate, fiber, total sugars and fat content are listed on each recipe. Click here to see an example.
Are cold soak recipes available?
Oh, yeah! We have a large variety of cold soak and no-cook recipes. Leave that stove at home!
Are metric measurements included?
Absolutely! Both imperial and metric measurements are provided.
Will the recipes fit inside a bear can?
You betcha! Many of our recipes are 1/3 the size of commercially prepared freeze dried meals while providing similar calories.
Sounds awesome, right?!?
For questions regarding our services, please email us at support@backcountryfoodie.com or call 425-864-1647
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