Trail runners, cyclists and endurance athletes on long-distance treks and overnight journeys need fast fuel that takes little effort to prepare. Energy bars and trail mix are convenient, though some eventually tire of them and find themselves longing for something more appetizing – but still easy and healthy. That’s the idea behind Munk Pack Oatmeal Fruit Squeezes.
These easy-squeeze pouches contain handy, tasty blends of oatmeal and other grains like quinoa, flax and chia, to keep runners and backpackers fueled. There are 5 flavors – Apple Cinnamon, Blueberry Acai, Maple Pear, Peach Chia Vanilla, and Raspberry Coconut. Each flavor uses all-natural ingredients and flavorings (that’s real fruit in there) – and is entirely gluten-free for those who have issues.
Every pouch is also entirely GMO-free and dairy-free, has no added sugar, and plant-based. The plastic pouches themselves are also BPA-free.
We stuck with classic flavors, like Apple Quinoa Cinnamon and Blueberry Acai Flax. Both tasted great; the blueberries and fruit tasted fresh enough, and the flavor combinations work well together – though we haven’t tried Maple Pear or Raspberry Coconut. They do remind us of a warm bowl of oatmeal in the morning. Just cold. And out of a squeeze pack. Definitely fresher and healthier than instant oatmeal packs.
Where we find them lacking is in nutrition Each pouch contains only 90 to 110 calories. Hardly a nutritious, satisfying snack or meal. We would personally need several pouches just to feel like we had anything substantial. The calories also come almost entirely from carbs, with 10-12g of those being sugar. There is little protein or fat, meaning little sustainable energy for long, taxing days on the trail or the bike. In fact, Munk Pack evens bill them as “low-calorie” – despite the fact you’re outside getting after it and not on a diet.
This lack of real nutrition also makes the price tag questionable. At $15 for a 6-pack, that works out to $2.50 a pouch with 100 calories on average. For $2.50, you could have a half-dozen Quaker oatmeal packets, your choice of RXBar or Lara Bar (our favorite all-natural, “healthy” bars) or even a half pound of healthy almonds or walnuts.
We understand, of course, that sometimes a bit of healthy flavor, fresh-tasting blueberries and the sheer convenience of a to-go pouch are handy when you’re on the go and don’t have to stop. So we aren’t totally knocking on them. Grabbing a pouch from your pack and squeezing as you go is about as easy as it gets., and like we said – they do taste pretty good. Next, we’ll check out their protein cookies.