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Old October 16th, 2015, 14:34   #1
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Tactical Food Options

When attending an endurance style event eventually everyone must eat. I'm interested to see what people bring as a healthy, easy to eat, food source for this. Obviously MRE meals or similar are common, but not everyone will fork out the dough for some, or have them readily available in a pinch. Many bring bags of trail mix, jerky, etc, but it's not easy to eat in quantity if your sitting down for a quick meal, but more of a "keep you going" snack.

So, what do you carry with you, how much and how do you package it? Is it heavy, do you have to eat it cold, etc? Think, you're aren't leaving the game area and you can't bring cooking apparatus into the game. Also, what brands are best, does it taste good, etc.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 15:03   #2
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All those questions are easily wrapped up by forking over a whole 14 dollars for a MRE.

You get whatever flavour sounds good to you and you have food for the day, and a way to cook it in the field. Rather then spending 10-15 bucks on nuts and dried fruit that will just keep you going.....

Not sure why people WOULDNT bring a hot meal kit.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 15:26   #3
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This is a sample of some of the high energy snacks I take during a very long event. I find these very helpful at times, since a hot meal is not always easily prepared. Sometimes, for an 18hr to 30hr event, you may want easy cold cut sandwiches.

ClifBars - Comes in different flavours.
ShotBloks - High in sugar and comes in different flavours as well. Be midful when sharing it to anyone, especially the ones with diabetes.
ProBar - My new favourite! That's a protein bar that looks and taste like, brownie!
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Old October 16th, 2015, 16:16   #4
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If it's a long event with no breaks, subway. If there is a break I get a buddy and I go to a restaurant.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 16:24   #5
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I'm with Stryker in regards to clif bars and bloks. Usually I add 1-2 MRE broken down and a single dehydrated meal for times when cooking is tactically sound.

It depends on what kind of "endurance" event you mean, too. There's having a safe zone and going 24 hours where you can come back and make food, or there's 100% self-sufficiency in the field with no breaks. The latter is where my list applies.


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Old October 16th, 2015, 16:44   #6
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Chewy, granola, protien bars etc for in field, wash down with H20.

If I can return to a deployment area, either MRE or if I am stupid and don't buy in advance, cans of Chef Boyardi Ravioli. Precooked, okay even when cold and pull tab often means i dont need to break the can opener out(still bring it tho) If its a 24 event I do not leave the playing field, just return to base/deployment/spawn/camp/place where we dumped all our shit.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 16:54   #7
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Old October 16th, 2015, 16:58   #8
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24 hours plus, no breaks. Can't you buy MRE meals that don't need cooking? That's what we had at Cold Front II, unless we just ate them cold. lol. The reason I'm asking, is because I ate about six meals in 24 hours, plus jerky and trail mix, plus however much water, etc. also, I never carry anything that isn't totally necessary. That being said, sitting down and eating trail mix and jerky for a meal sucked. Grabbing a handful or two on the go was okay, but eventually I need fuel, period.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 17:09   #9
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Hot meals are important for energy as your body breaks it down much better, and you get warm and fuzzy on the inside.

Cliff bars. Dried Mango. Canned Peaches.

JETBOIL: MEC bought freeze dried food (Mountain House etc...)

These can be made in under 15 minutes. We have literally made them under fire in a fox hole, and on over watch from windows. Setup, cook, eat, and cleaned in under 20 minutes. There is almost no excuse not to do this.

One Mountain House package can EASILY feed 2 people. Have your buddy take your watch, you setup and cook, and eat, take his watch, he eats and cleans.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 17:11   #10
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MRE/IMP is the best bet for no cooking.
For 24 hours I just hippopotamus through vector and fruit bars.
If we have breaks in between I got a bunch of "backpacker's pantry" meals that just need boiling water. Bought a jetboil (Jonas & Brad have one, too), boils water in under a minute. Extremely portable in a ruck. You can also cook in it; I made pad thai with rice in mine in under 5min at home.
But word of advice; carry spice (like cyan pepper) and gasX.
Those meals were GREAT, but I've never had so much gas in my life.
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I usually bring about 10 energy bars (Cliff bars, granola, etc.), about 4-5 apples, 2-3 cans of boyardee/chunky depending on OP length, small candies and at least 6 litres of water.
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Old October 16th, 2015, 21:22   #15
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I could totally see carrying a seasoning, what a great idea. I wouldn't use cayenne or something though, too much risk of having to have a long, gassy, runny shit during the op.

I'm like a super spice guy myself. It's not like I can't handle it. Wolver!ne, myself and few of our other buddies eat stuff that'll make people cry, literally. lol. But I don't need to be sitting on a stump half the op. Just in case. lol.

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Years ago, my neighbor Mike, AV Rep Wolver!ne, and myself, were having some beers and barbecuing. We always cook spicy food, but we're all big white boys, Russian, Saxon, Croatian, etc. our friend Savvy was over too and he's Cambodian/Thai. Anyways, we were bragging about how spicy our food can get sometimes. Savvy, being from Southern Asia, says "my mother cooks stuff that'd make you white boys cry". Anyways, Mike and Zoltan being Russian and Croation respectively, like their Vodka. We'd do shots of Vodka with 3-4 drops of pure capsaicin in it, so a lot. A few drops is enough for a pot of stew that'll melt your face off. So anyways, we told him about this shot and he demanded we all do one. We all took the shot. There was some moaning and crying, an ambulance was involved. Anyways, long story short; white boys: 3, South Asian: 0...
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