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Using RecPak

How should I use RecPak?
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RecPak is designed to fuel you for the long haul in any environment, but we do not recommend replacing your entire diet for an extended period. While it is formulated as a meal replacement, it is meant to complement whole food, whether that's your breakfast before setting out or your campfire meal at the end of the day. 

Just like other outdoor foods, you should consume RecPak only as quickly as you need to. You may find that after a long day, it's best to drink a whole serving in order to recover from the day's activity and fuel your body for the next. On the other hand, during activity, you will likely want to consume one serving every 2-4 hours in order to provide sustaining nutrition without causing your body to devote too much energy to digestion. 

What is RecPak’s shelf life?
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Our recommended use-by date is one year from production. This shelf life is totally fine for many activities, but for some use cases like emergency prep, we'd like to introduce a longer shelf life version in the future. If you have any specific shelf life requirements, we'd love to hear about them.

What are RecPak’s allergens?
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RecPak contains milk and coconut. We know that a lot of folks out there who would love RecPak have certain dietary restrictions and preferences. So while our current product lineup might not be for you, please keep us in mind, as we are prioritizing development on a plant based option.

Why is RecPak a meal shake and not a meal bar?
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When we created RecPak, we were very deliberate that we wanted a liquid and not a solid food. Many elite athletes and weekend warriors alike have found that when you need calories, it’s easier to drink them than eat them. The body absorbs nutrients faster from liquids than solids, and it's easier on the gut when you’re on the move.

If I need water to use RecPak, isn’t that a disadvantage?
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If you don’t have water, that’s a bigger problem than not being able to make a shake, so your priority is to get water in your system first. It’s commonly accepted that you can survive 2 - 4 weeks without food, but only several days without water. In a scarcity or survival situation, you should be rationing water anyway. 

Is RecPak recyclable?
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We are exploring options for special recycling, but not currently. Unfortunately, there are simply no good solutions, and we want to be upfront about that. If a brand is telling you otherwise, they’re probably greenwashing; the U.N. estimates that only 9 percent of all plastic has ever been recycled. 

To make a food product that meets the durability and shelf life requirements of the outdoors, only certain plastic and foil materials and production methods can be used. Biodegradable packaging is out of the question - we use biodegradable trash bags at home, and even those have a hard time staying together.

So why do we still think flexible packaging is not only the best option for our users, but is also the most sustainable option?

Flexible packaging uses approximately 60% less material and is 23% lighter than rigid plastics. It also uses 50% less energy to produce and transport than alternatives. These numbers go even further when compared to metals and glass. Lastly, rigid containers can leave up to 14% of the product in the packaging, while users access up to 99% of the product from a pouch. 

Nutrition

What do you mean by "Complete Meal” or “Complete Nutrition”?
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RecPak contains an macronutritional ratio of roughly 50% carbs, 25% proteins, and 25% fats, and a micronutritional content that approximates 25% of a user’s daily value. Our ingredients provide a diverse source of fast and slow absorbing carbs to provide help fuel performance and maintain glycogen levels, high quality proteins to mitigate muscle breakdown, and a good balance of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) from sunflower oil, polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) from flax, and saturated fats, specifically medium - chain triglycerides (MCTs) from coconut oil. 

We consider RecPak to be "complete" because it contains all 39 essential nutrients. While we don’t recommend using it exclusively over an extended period, RecPak is designed to provide you the energy and nutrition that you need while in environments where both are hard to come by. 

Why 700 calories, that seems like a lot (or not enough)?
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Mountaineers, hikers, military personnel, and adventure athletes have very high daily caloric expenditures - often an average of over 4,000 calories per day.  Energy expenditure can even reach 365-750 calories per hour, inducing significant energy deficits and potential muscle catabolism (i.e. break down).

700 calories is about 15-25% of your likely total daily caloric expenditure, depending on your physical size and activity level. When you're on the move, the body can only process a few hundred calories per hour to keep energy levels constant and not overload the stomach. RecPak contains a lot more calories than quick snacks like energy bars, but has a similar number as freeze dried meals, so it's the right amount to keep you fueled without weighing you down.

Why do you use maltodextrin?
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Carbohydrates will always be the best fuel for endurance activities. Maltodextrin serves a distinct purpose - its high glycemic index and absorption properties make it an ideal carb to quickly replenish glucose. This will boost your endurance and help you fight off fatigue, which is why maltodextrin is the main ingredient in a lot of energy gels. Because the body doesn't use as much water to digest, it's a good way to get calories quickly, without getting dehydrated or getting an upset stomach.

Why does RecPak have added sugars?
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Most of us like sweets, but these added sugars are about performance. During demanding activities like mountaineering or climbing, carbohydrate sources such as sugar can be rapidly absorbed and are necessary to fuel the body and keep glycogen levels up. Without fast absorbing high glycemic carbs, you’ll “bonk” prematurely. These sugars are also buffered by RecPak’s large proportions of complex carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, so when used during your performance activity, it’s pretty much impossible to get a “sugar high” from drinking it. 

Is RecPak vegan? Gluten-free?
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RecPak is not vegan but it is gluten-free. Very few plant protein sources are considered a complete protein. The most prominent protein in RecPak is whey, which is the most bioavailable protein and is a good source of leucine, which has a potential role in muscle protein synthesis. However, we understand a lot of folks have different nutritional requirements, so we’d love to develop a plant based option. Stay tuned!

Ordering RecPak

Where do you deliver or ship?
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Right now we ship to the USA. If you’d like a quote for shipping, email hello@recpak.co and we can look into shipping options.

Are you a brick and mortar or online store interested in selling RecPak?
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Shoot us an email at hello@recpak.co, we’d love to chat.

What is your refund policy?
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We offer a full refund within 30 days of purchase. If you’re unhappy with RecPak for any reason at all we’ll happily refund your purchase.

Please contact us at hello@recpak.co.

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