***Check out Nomad Nutrition’s KickStarter campaign here to buy meals at 35% off regular price***
I recently befriended a guy named Denis, the owner of the start-up company Nomad Nutrition. Denis told me that he started the company less than a year ago aimed at creating dehydrated, gourmet, nutritious meals for outdoorsmen and athletes. Initially, I was skeptical when he combined the words “dehydrated”, “gourmet” and “meal” in the same sentence but he has since converted me once he explained the process and I got a chance to taste the food. Denis recently launched his kickstarter campaign and because I’ve been so impressed with his product, I decided to write a review.
How it Works
The Nomad Nutrition meals come in a pre-packaged pouch and all you do is add water, let it set for 5-10 min, then eat. When you think about dehydrated packaged “meals”, you naturally think of something looking and tasting artificial but with Denis’s product it not only looks like a real meal, it tastes like one too.
Nomad Nutrition is a small company that uses local, high quality organic ingredients in their recipes, which are created by Denis himself. The meals are cooked in small batches to ensure quality but what ultimately separates Nomad Nutrition from other companies is their dehydration process. They dehydrate cooked meals using “Rev Dry Technology” which cooks the food in a vacuum using low radiant energy. This allows Nomad Nutrition to pack in a large amount of calories into a small amount of food. Each of the packaged meals consists of 600-900 calories which is important for athletes. Other dehydrated food companies are currently not using this technology.
The packaging is light weight: the main product line weighs 100g. They’re also doing a smaller half-sized “snack” package with half the amount (50g). I tried out the Hungarian Goulash and the Kathmandu Curry, both of which pack a lot of calories in a small volume of food:
If you are hiking, you can add boiling water directly into the pouch and it’ll be ready to eat after 5-10 min. You can also put it into a bowl and add water. Here’s what the food looks like dehydrated:
After adding water, here’s what the meals looks like:
As I mentioned previously, I was very surprised by how good the food tastes. After rehydrating with boiling water, the meal actually feels and tastes like a real meal and the seasoning and spices are on point. I actually wanted much more after finishing each of the packages.
When to Eat it
A huge benefit to this product is that it’s geared for athletes. Denis is an avid mountaineer (he also used to dabble in Crossfit too) so he knows how important it is for active people to not only get enough calories, but the right type of calories as well. The meals, although plant based, are high in calories and protein which make them optimal for someone looking to fuel up on the go.
If you’re into hiking, mountaineering, or camping and can’t carry a lot of weight with you, I can’t think of a better product to go with. I’m not an avid outdoorsman myself but I can appreciate the need to carry light. Although I haven’t tried other dehydrated food brands, Denis showed me what they look like and they certainly look less than appetizing. Denis’s product is also at the same price point as these bigger competitors so I would without hesitation go with his.
What about day to day?
We’ve written previously about the importance of cooking your own meals in order to fuel your body and save money. I still maintain this position even though I think Denis’s product is great. However, the reality is that a lot of us may be in a bind at times and can’t meal prep for a few days, or some of us are just too damn lazy to cook a meal and would rather buy something for lunch and dinner. If you live in a larger city, buying your lunch or dinner can easily cost you $10-$15 per meal which adds up over time. If you’re doing this, I think Denis’s product is a better alternative to many of the fast food meals people buy out there as his product is nutritious, healthy, and tastes great.
Regular price for Denis’s product on his website is $12 USD, which might make some people hesitate but with his current Kickstarter campaign you can get a meal at around 35% off regular price which works out to be $8 USD a meal which is an awesome deal. I’ve put in a pledge myself for the $49 level in case I need a quick meal when I know I’ll be in a bind.
We’ve always stressed the importance of fueling our bodies properly so that we can optimize performance and take care of our health and I think Denis’s product falls perfectly in line with this goal. I’ve seen first hand how passionate Denis is about his company and his product and I think he’s on the verge something great here. I definitely recommend our readers check out his kickstarter campaign to see the awesome things he’s doing with his company.
Here’s to staying fit!