Packed Lunches Spanish Army (16 photos)

From the author: First impressions of the opening boxes:
The Spanish army has its own view of the acquisition of dry rations.
Unlike our PRI and French RCIR, where in one package collected food for three meals, or from US MRE where all packaging designed for one meal and skomplektovat equally, Racion Individual de Combate designed so that at each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) have their rations with their own set of products.
I proved rations for breakfast and lunch. Both soldering packaged in green plastic bags identical and consist of the contents of the carton. The only difference that catches your eye is the weight.
Rations for lunch harder, less obvious are the actual dimensions (lunch are more), and the dim lettering on the package.
But compare themselves:


17 x 11 x 7 cm, packed in a green package completely hides its size.


15 x 10 x 6 cm, packed in a green package completely hides its size.

But apparently the Spaniards know something that allows them to avoid confusion in their own rations. On the front side of the package marked flag Spain, coat of arms of the armed forces, the name of the soldering, its type (this inscription is duplicated in English and French), the address of the manufacturer, the expiration date and the inscription: NATO APPROVED. The box is made of thick, but thin corrugated khaki, unprinted.

Contents of the boxes has put me in an even greater cultural shock. The only thing they have in common (besides the standard set of auxiliary objects that are the same for both boxes) is the uniformity of content design. All packages designed in the same color scheme, all the green, in a somewhat different shades. All are inscribed with the arms of the armed forces, and these labels are made in the same style. This similarities and differences between the contents of the two boxes is very large. But in order.

Directly on himself invited Breakfast:
2 bags of coffee

1 tube with condensed milk
1 bar of milk chocolate

Chocolate and condensed milk on the photo

1 packet of porridge noodles separate photos there:-(

1 package of cookies (the inscription on the packaging: Galetas dulces, man does not know the language Marquez is misleading, it is not biscuits and biscuits)

For more convenient use of the following into the box:
2 water purification tablets (how to use and did not understand, by the way is not the fact that they work better than our IRPeshnyh filters)
2 tablets dry fuel
1 trivet (iron thicker than the PRI, which makes it more convenient trivet)
1 pack of matches (20 pieces)

1 tablet with a destination that I have not figured out. Apparently this salt tablets allows to adjust the balance of the body vodosolyanoy in hot climates.

1 chewing gum in the form of tablets, with a horrible taste disinfection

1 toothbrush (I'm not lying, it was a toothbrush, foldable)
1 sachet of toothpaste

1 bag with liquid hand sanitizer

1 instructions for use in three languages ​​(Spanish, English, French)

Does such a product set point? In my opinion, yes. If you dig into the wilds of modern nutrition, it would appear that such an acquisition of dry rations for breakfast justified. In the morning, after sleeping, the body needs to quickly saturate and give him energy, and nothing better to do as fast to use carbohydrates (sugar) is not. Apparently it came to this position and those who developed this ration. But here is a closer examination and comparison of facts says that this approach is somewhat one-sided, because in the end you must not nurture athlete and saturate fighter who must be fed during the execution of their mission. And here begins my mind to get out error. For example porridge is too little, but too much coffee, no sugar separately in sachets, tablets all about the same size and feel it is difficult to determine what you take into your hands. Chocolate melts in the heat, and condensed milk on the go, though convenient to eat in the warm countries, but here in our climate will already fraught lips stick to the metal tube:-) But I honestly do not judge.

If you take on the taste, I can say that Racion Individual de Combate pleasantly surprised. Coffee is very tasty, though soluble, it is not golimoe Nescafe and KafePele familiar, somewhat watery condensed milk, but it is very similar to our Gostovskaya, delicious cookies and not very sweet, chocolate tastes like an expensive Swiss. But let us down porridge. Firstly it is small, even in the cereal packages that are sold in our stores content in more than a bag of Spanish soldiers. Second flavor. The fact that here it is the taste preferences of course, but I did not like it, although I do not like such cereals, they have something that spoils the whole taste.

For lunch Lunch God sent "B" Menu 4, whatever that may mean:
1 package vegetable soup puree

1 can of beef stew with peas
Damn, and this photo was lost:-(

1 can of tuna in oil

1 can of fruit in syrup

1 can of pate

As the "accessories" we suggested:
2 water purification tablets
2 tablets with a destination that I have not figured out. Apparently it allows to reduce salt tablets vlagopoteryu body in a hot climate.
3 tablets dry fuel
2 tablets of energy (glucose and carnitine)

1 tablet of vitamin C

1 chewing gum in the form of tablets, with a horrible taste disinfection
1 pack of matches (20 pieces)
1 trivet (iron thicker than the PRI, which makes it more convenient trivet)
1 bag with liquid hand sanitizer
1 instructions for use in three languages ​​(Spanish, English, French)

Where bread ask? Where is the one who around the head? But do not have it. This puzzled me.
In the PRI (the army and FSINovskih) is, in RCIR is, MRE is, Racion Individual de Combate no.
Thought was that it threw me Customs, as this is the package subjected to examination and was unpacked, but no instructions bread and hence our customs nothing to do with.
So what's the deal? The only answer: mysterious Spanish soul, or a mysterious Spanish nutritionist, I am inclined to the second version.
The fact is that if we follow the general trend in both rations that there is such a sense that it has developed a specialist in sports nutrition at what nutrition for bodybuilders.
The almost complete absence of carbohydrates dinner, and those that have it fast carbs, the presence of Power tablets with L-carnitine, a very strong emphasis on products with a high content of protein tell us about it.
Too me this approach sign on my bodybuilding, very similar diet I had then.
But in order for that to argue about it exactly, it will be necessary to scratch a few sets of rations with different menus.
Now let's leave it as a working version, the more wrong to call this approach, I would not, but for a long time to eat so if you are not going to conquer the podium in the competition, I would not recommend it.

If a set of products I was surprised, the products themselves impressed with its taste and quality. Military department Kingdom of Spain takes care of his soldiers, and no jokes cares.
First is the convenience package. All cans are provided with rings to open, and can be opened by one touch.
Second is the quality of products. Stew, this is the meat in the pot was not a trace of fat or lived, the content of which is allowed even in GOST 5284-84.
This is evident when it is warmed up meat, liquid, unlike our usual products is not gelled, which suggests that in the preparation of the autoclave was not pieces of the carcass with a high content of collagen.
Meat is cut in neat slices, green peas slightly, apparently just for taste.
To taste the stew as stew, with a slight taste of peas. Tuna unlike our drier consistency and more salty, but it is due to the fact that the oil in it very much.
Taste pleasant, but even for me salty. Pate simply delightful, delicious (I was met only in a local slaughterhouse products, with a small shelf life), and slightly tangy, to the extent we can say.
Fruits in syrup surprised, composition: pear, pineapple, peach, cherry, grape syrup, and the ratio of dry product: pieces of fruit was very much, they were tight, well flavored and very enjoyable. But disappointed soup, green and tasteless, with a horrible taste of herbs.
All this, in the absence of an authentic bread, seizes our homespun rifled baguette.

By the way had forgotten - in a box with lunch there is nothing to prepare the beverage. Nothing at all. That way, too, suggests a nutritionist.
But instead of a drink is offered to eat a pill energy. On the palate, it is similar to our glucose tablets with higher acidity.
By the way, can not be afraid to eat it if it gets to you.
Its composition is harmless or even useful, it carnitine regulator of fat in the body fat of a carbohydrate to decompose more quickly, which provides the necessary strength, so it also reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood.

Bottom line? Well summarize.
The bottom line is we have quite a tasty and convenient lunches, with quality content. In taste it in my opinion, slightly higher than the PRI.
But here filling in my opinion the Spaniards lose.
This sharp division of the lunch and breakfast well under greenhouse conditions in peacetime, under extreme conditions, such an approach is somewhat controversial.
Because in the end need not prepare a bodybuilder for the performance, and saturate the soldier so that he could fulfill its primary task.
It should be noted that I have used both soldering under greenhouse conditions, and at home, and I was hungry. Will there be enough food in this extreme situation can not say, as the information on the energy value has not yet found.

Pros: Very tasty, high-quality products. Trivet more convenient than in Pakistan. Having more sweet. The presence of energy. Many solfetok. Normal matches.

Cons: Separation of rations for a few meals in different packages. The lack of bread or a normal substitute. Small volume products. The lack of spoons.


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