This post sponsored by FH! Something a little different for y’all!!
Eat Like a Solider Day!
When FH was away for training in November he brought home some treats for the blog. Military issue Individual Meal Packages. aka: IMPs.
These packages have been sitting on top of our cupboards ever since. Honestly because I was afraid!! These packages are reportedly like 3000 calories each!! I mean, they are intended to feed starving soldiers that have been toiling away in the boonies under serious physical duress for a couple of days. Those boys need their big eats. Um, but this girl does not!
So last night we chatted about it and agreed that today we would open them up, but I didn’t need to feel obligated to chow down. Taste testing, sharing and tossing out were all viable options.
FH felt that I needed to be dressed like a soldier in order to make this authentic. How unflattering!
We had breakfast, lunch and dinner packages. Each package has the main meal, dessert, bread, and all kinds of condiments, drinks, treats, etc.
The main meals and desserts are boil-in-bag (but can also be eaten cold which is generally what ends up happening because of time constraints in the field).
I was happy to discover that the meals themselves were no more than a few hundred calories each. If you ate every last bite of stuff included in the package I think you might top out at 1500 calories per meal. Still high for a normal day, obviously…but not so scary for our tasting party!
Breakfast consisted of Sausage & Hashbrowns…
Review: not too bad at all. Kind of just tastes like those breakfast sausages you would get at Denny’s or some place like that. The potatoes are a bit mushy, but all in all totally edible. I had a few bites.
Lunch was Chicken & Gravy…which I apparently didn’t photograph.
Review: gross. Chicken floating in flavoured water. Water flavoured like what I think cat food would taste like. Neither of us made it past one bite.
Dinner was Beef Bourguignon…
Review: Well, it ain’t Julia Child’s beef bourguignon but it was tasty enough. Basically tasted like Chunky soup. Beef and spuds in beefy sauce.
Side dishes were strawberry oatmeal, buttered rice, onion flavored mashed potatoes, and cream of celery soup. Each of these is just an add water thing.
Oatmeal was yummy (haha, of course). It was actually “crispy cereal” which can be mixed with hot or cold water. We used hot and I ate almost the whole thing. It was better than regular instant oatmeal! Kind of granola-like.
Rice was fine. Like minute rice. I hate that it actually said “MSG added” on the package. I don’t wanna know!
The potatoes smelled horrible and tasted worse. Blech.
Same with the soup. Disgusting. Although I did get a mouthful of undisolved powder so maybe that did me in. I spared you a photo.
And then there is the bread. The bread that is packed up airtight with one of those anti-moisture packets you might find with your new shoes. FH calls it the “good for 10 years bread”.
I don’t want to know what they put in it, but it was actually fine. Looked like bread, tasted like bread. I had a couple of bites but it freaks me out so I stopped. LOL.
FH also stirred himself up one of the powdered drinks. Basically it’s a Gatorade-type mix for the soldiers to keep their electrolytes up. This one looked just like Tang!
We saved the desserts and a bunch of the condiment packages. No peanut butter in this selection but lots of honey and such. We threw out the instant coffee and powdered creamers. There is a mint hot chocolate I have dibs on!
FH got the Hershey bar treat from the lunch kit and I get the Peak Freans from dinner.
At the end of our “meal” I said that all in all it’s not terrible. I mean it’s not like they can eat gourmet in the field, but it’s nice to know that most things taste pretty good. Too bad for all of the preservatives and lack of vegetables (that’s why the desserts are fruit I’m guessing) but everything is designed by dieticians so I’m sure they have their reasons for everything.
Pretty fun experiment though!!
(don’t worry I only had a few bites of everything…I’m guessing maybe 400 calories worth…if that)
Followed a little later by a yummy green smoothie to help flush out all of that sodium…
And dinner tonight was just some leftover Chicken Alfredo…
Canada vs USA in Olympic Hockey tonight! I think a few snacks might be needed for this!! There is a bag of popchips with my name on it. I hope it’s a tense game that ends well for our Canuck boys!!
Go Canada Go!!