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LonoLife Broths and Coffee Products
|Height:||6' 4" (193 cm)|
|Weight:||230 lbs (105 kg)|
|Email address:||kwpapke (at) gmail (dot) com|
|City, State, Country:||Tucson, Arizona USA|
This product is designed to provide a hot, nutritious beverage
with a high collagen and protein content, but low in
carbohydrates. This makes it useful for consumers wishing to
follow a keto, paleo, or other low-carb diet. It also could
be of interest to hikers and backpackers who want to consume more
protein and collagen on the trail, because it is lightweight and
||Beef Bone Broth, Chicken Bone Broth, Thai Curry Beef Bone
Broth, Protein Coffee
|Country of manufacture
||USD $19.99 for package of ten (beef, chicken, Thai curry)
USD $17.99 for Protein Coffee
||No information on packaging or website
|Weight with all packaging (package of ten)||Contents
|Beef Bone Broth||171 g (6.0 oz)||Beef collagen, chicory root, beef, salt, yeast extract, natural flavors, spices||50
|Chicken Bone Broth||177 g (6.2 oz)||Chicken bone broth, chicory root, yeast
extract, salt, natural flavors, black pepper, sage, thyme
|Thai Curry Beef Bone Broth||143 g (5.0 oz)||Beef collagen, salt, curry powder, natural
flavors, coconut flavor, yeast extract, ginger, spices
|Protein Coffee||163 g (5.7 oz)||Soluble coffee, collagen peptides
I am really excited by this product. I've encountered a lot of hikers who look for paleo/keto foods for the trail, and with the large amount of protein in these broths they may be able to contribute a lot to my trail nutrition.
I am also intrigued to see what kind of meals I can concoct around them. They have a number of recipes on their website, but I go for simple cooking in the backcountry. I am looking forward to making ramen, maybe with the addition of some dehydrated meat. This is going to require some thought!
|April 4-5, 2019
||Coronado National Forest, Huachuca Mountains
near Sierra Vista, Arizona
|Partly cloudy, very windy. Highs around
65 F (18 C), lows around 44 F (7 C)
|May 5-6, 2019
||Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina
Mountains just North of Tucson, Arizona
Hirabayashi TH to Hutch's Pool
|Mostly sunny, slight breeze. High of
around 85 F, low of 46 F (29-8 C)
|May 18-19, 2019||Coronado National Forest, Santa Catalina Mountains just North of Tucson, Arizona||AZT: Marshall
Gulch TH to Lemmon Pools
|Mostly sunny, slight breeze, 36-60 F (2-16 C)|
This was a single-night car camping trip to do some reconnaissance for the upcoming Arizona Spring Hammock Hang next month at this campground. I wasn't able to reserve the group campsite, so I wanted to check out the single sites and get an assessment of the winding mountain road leading up to the site.I made three meals/beverages of the broths, each were two servings, so I used a total of 6 tubes of the product on this trip.
Hutch's Pool is an iconic Tucson backpacking destination, and a welcome respite for Arizona Trail through-hikers as it offers a chance to have a dip in a mountain pool. Despite having lived and backpacked here for 10 years, I still had not been there, so I packed up and did a short overnight. The trailhead is a memorialized prison camp used to inter Japanese Americans during World War II, and now bears the name of the man who fought so hard against this unnecessary internment.
I took six of the Lonolife packets with me and used four. I
came back with two that I planned to have for lunch on day two,
but I ended up getting off-trail before lunchtime.
On day one I made a chicken ramen with two packages of the broth (see photo at left). In addition to the ramen noodles I included some dehydrated chicken that had been sitting in my freezer for a while, and part of a Tajin spice packet. The result was pretty darn delicious, and kept me going for about six hours before my stomach rumbled for dinner. The only issue was the rehydrated chicken was a little tough, but that's on me.
I had one packet of the Thai curry beef bone broth for breakfast, and another at my mid-morning break. This is becoming a huge favorite of mine. I love the flavor and it is so easy and quick to prepare on the trail.
The Lonolife broths are easy to pack and carry in a backpack, lightweight, compact, and rehydrate well if added to boiling water. They are very versatile: drink them as a standalone beverage to warm up on a cold day/evening, or use them to enhance a meal. I found them particularly useful when used a soup base with noodles, and added to dehydrated soups for additional taste and nutrition.
My clear favorite flavor was the Thai curry. It has just the right amount of heat and flavor that it is a wonderful beverage all by itself, and contains no caffeine so I feel good about drinking it in the evening.
My least favorite was the coffee. It was good when added to a protein shake to provide my morning jolt, but less wonderful when drunk all by itself.
I think the Lonolife broth packets fill an empty niche:
high-quality soup bases that can be used to build trail meals with
ingredients purchased from the grocery store. I expect I
will discover new meals on future backpacking trips as I continue
to experiment with the products now that this test is concluded.
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