|Rating:||8.2 / 10|
|Value for Money||1.9 / 2.5|
|Taste||2.0 / 2.5|
|Convenience||2.3 / 2.5|
|Weight||2.0 / 2.5|
Back Country Cuisine is best known for its range of freeze dried meals but if you look around you will also find some other great products in the range including the sometimes hard to find fruit smoothies. These smoothies are a quick and easy option you can eat on the go and provide a good calorie hit at around the 412 calories / 1650 kilojoules per serve. While you could have a smoothie at anytime of the day, I’m more inclined to have one for breakfast or lunch as its quick and easy as well as being something you can drink on the go. I also prefer a hot solid meal for dinner. Preparing these fruit smoothies is about as easy as it gets – all you need to do is fill the pouch up with water and shake well until mixed which will take all of about 60 seconds. Gill will often use these as a lunch option on day or multi-day hikes and while I will drink these occasionally when I feel like something sweet, they’re just not me.
Back Country Cuisine have two choices in this range and both are made using real fruit. Mind you when you look closely at the label the fruit content is only 11%.
I personally find the Berry Smoothie a bit sweet for my taste but this is Gill’s preferred option. You can definitely taste the bits of berries in the mix but as it has added sugar and flavours it doesn’t quite taste the same as a real fruit smoothie. Having said that I think this is about as good as you are going to get on the trail.
Out of the two choices in this range the Banana Smoothie would have to be my favourite which is a real surprise. I usually find artificial banana flavouring to be the worst of all the fruit flavourings but in this case back Country Country has done a decent job. Like the Berry Smoothie you can taste the bits of real fruit in the mix.
The normal price sits around the $4.99 mark but not every outdoor store carries them so you may have to search around or buy them online. If you’re not sure about these as a meal or snack for an upcoming trip be sure to try them out beforehand. I do find these smoothies taste better on the trail than they do at home!
A meal replacement for a short day hikes or as a snack on longer hikes
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AUD $4.99 RRP
Back Country Cuisine Smoothies
Back Country Cuisine Banana Smoothie
Back Country Cuisine Berry Smoothie
This review was done with product purchased from a retail store by Australian Hiker