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Oct 20, 2016

A Review of Nutberg – Food in a Different Form

Nutberg is a natural, non-fussy, easy-to-carry, drinkable protein meal.

WRITTEN BY

Yogesh Kumar

We consumed it over four months after heavy exercises, mountain bike races, treks and as a regular meal.

I stumbled upon Nutberg when I was looking for some protein mixes and instantly felt like to give it a try. I am an amateur endurance athlete and like to train and travel a lot. I was quite happy with the quick shipping of the product (received it in three days from Czech Republic to New Delhi, India). I received 12 sachets of Nutberg and during the phase of its review, I travelled to remote places for work, went on a trek, did a lot a exhaustive training (as a daily routine), participated in a multi-stage mountain biking race and a trail running race. I kept Nutberg sachets saved for every race for quick recovery after the race. I didn’t take Nutberg every day but only when I felt it will be of great use and requirement. I wanted to test the product in every situation.

Nutberg is a drinkable vegan meal and comes with a shaker. A 109.5gms sachet of Nutberg has 29g of protein, 43g of carbohydrates and 25g of healthy fat that comes from the use of nuts in it. I could feel the distinct taste of nuts used in it which didn’t feel nice. Its taste has been kept neutral and hence, I could experiment with it in a lot of ways. I don’t like to use sugar in my post exercise meal. I’d prefer to go with a bland but healthy meal that can recover me as soon as possible for the next day’s workout.

Nutberg with all its ingredients. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma
Nutberg with all its ingredients. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma

I loved the Nutberg packet as it is (although an additional sachet of cane sugar comes with it). When I once returned from a single day race in September and had access to a blender at the hotel, I mixed half a banana and some dark chocolate syrup with the mix after some cool down and stretching. I felt great the next morning. May be it was just in my mind but Nutberg seemed to have done the work well. I also took Nutberg sachets during weekends after a long day’s workout and experimented with it in a different ways, sometimes mixing it with milk. But I kept such experiments limited as Nutberg already had a lot in it. It all depends upon the individual’s taste. The 29g protein in a sachet is a lot of protein in a sachet. I sometimes took it in two shifts with an hour gap. I carried Nutberg sachets with me when I went with my office colleagues on a National Geographic project to some remote locations in the North Indian Himalayas. We had to do long treks and were always on-the-go. Nutberg did quite a good job in satiating us and it was light and easy to use. It can be mixed in any bottle and is ready within a minute.

The shaker that came with it wasn’t really up to mark. It broke in my rucksack when I was traveling. Also, the rubber inside the cap of the bottle used to come out and had a hard time fixing it. However, the company has already worked on this problem and now the new bottle seems to be quiet sturdier.

I am always open to try new things. The real-food ingredients used in Nutberg can make any conscious eater fall for it. The Nutberg is a perfect ready-made blend of all the important micro-nutrients one needs in a day whether one exercises or not. It is a meal in itself with no GMOs or preservatives used in its making. I could do a lot more experiments with it had I ordered more sachets of it. Also, always pour it on water and not the other way around. It has a thick consistency. What I also wanted to try out is to make bars using Nutberg’s mix and using jaggery and chocolate as a base product which I could store during my long runs and cycling. There are various ways one can have a healthy product without compromising on the taste.

Using Nutberg during a hike. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma
Using Nutberg during a hike. Photo Courtesy Tomas Sedlma

Talking about the downsides of the product, one could be its taste when used as it is on its own, but there are many ways to play around with it.  Also, its price is a bit on the higher side (3 Euros per sachet). It could be carried and used on special days like on a long-day trek, races, skiing, mountaineering, etc. and all you will need is a bottle to mix it.

This Czech Republic made product is shipped free worldwide.

Pros

Easy to use and carry, Good digestibility, Quick recovery, Gluten free

Cons

Price, Taste (depends upon the individual)

Specifications

Can be taken on-the-go and is easy to use.
High in protein and essential nutrients.
Helpful in recovery after heavy exercise.
Can be replaced as a meal.

Price

From 2.45 EUR (For European countries) per meal and 3.26 USD for rest of the world (Includes shipping).Buy it here.
Images © Tomas Sedlmaje

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Adventurers & Explorers

Jun 29, 2018

Nixon Regulus: Timekeeping on the Engagés Greenland Expedition

During May of 2018, The Outdoor Journal reported on five French entrepreneurs who were traversing Greenland’s toughest terrain.

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WRITTEN BY

Maxime Lainé

Their goal was to complete 700km in 30 days. In the face of much adversity, the expedition finally made it home to Paris, having being trapped at the finish line without food, and unable to extract themselves due to bad weather.

You can read about those final few days here, and how Maxime Lainé reflected on the journey here.

Before leaving, Max and the Engagés team had to make key decisions regarding the kit that they would carry. One of those choices regarded timekeeping, and Max shares his experience of using a Nixon Regulus watch below.

The is the most impactful experience of my life… for now.

I crossed Greenland, from west to east, along the Polar Circle with 4 other entrepreneurs. It took 31 days to cross more than 550 kilometres of ice by foot, experiencing the harshest environment we had never faced. For this reason, we invested 6 months of preparation, mentally, physically, and planning our equipment. We tested and choose every piece of our equipment very carefully because eventually, our lives could depend on it.

We are very touched that some companies supported us in this crazy adventure, all in their own way. This was the case for Nixon, the watch brand. Via my role as co-founder of Weesurf, I have already had the chance to work with them.

I was very impressed by their will to take risk, and to give a chance to a young startup. That’s what I liked. As such, I decided to knock to their door again, this time with the opportunity to share with them another, but a very different adventure.

Juliette, Angélique and Louis from Nixon, provided each member of the Engagés team with the Nixon Regulus 46MM.

This watch was with us throughout our adventure, it faced the same extreme conditions that we faced, and today I’m still wearing it in one piece as I write this article (which isn’t the case for my toes). For this reason, I want to share with you some key points about this watch, and what makes it’s different.

Resistance

This is the most resistant watch I have ever had. As a surfer, I used to have a lot of them, but no other had ever convinced me that it is truly resistant. We were consistently facing extreme temperatures reaching up to -40°C, and still I never had any battery or display problems.

Weight

At first glance, it might look quite heavy, but is actually surprisingly light. For obvious reasons, this was a key point for us, we needed to carry as little weight as possible. The Regulus passed the test.

Features

The Regulus has what you need: a clock, stopwatch, alarm and timer. However, there is one feature that I particularly appreciate, much like the world clock on our phone, you can set two different times. It was very helpful for us to know what time it was in France, when we wanted and needed to think about our friends and family. When we were thinking about what they were doing at that very moment while we were on our side of the world facing the harsh environment. It helped us keep moving forwards, no matter what. It helped us overcome those daily challenges, and make it to the other side of Greenland.

Bracelet

Throughout the whole expedition, I didn’t take it off, when were setting up the camp, when we were walking, when we were sleeping, when we were cooking, when we were fixing stuff… it never broke. There is an extra element that keeps the bracelet well locked, as if it was made from just one piece, so it fits perfectly to your wrist.

Design

The watch might look quite big off the wrist, but the buttons are smoothly incorporated into the watch, so clothes did not stuck when we had to remove or put them on quickly. More than anything, the buttons are easy to tap, even when wearing gloves. This is a huge advantage because that last thing that you want to do is remove our several pairs of gloves when it was -40C.

Style

Robust and modest. It just rocks.

If you would like to find out more about the Nixon Regulus, then you can do so here.

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