Whats in an MRE?
MREs Military Ready To Eat
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The military makes a few changes to the menus every year so you will find a different menu listing for each year. In general, though, each MRE contains the following:
Entree: the main course, such as Spaghetti or Beef Stew
Side dish: rice, corn, fruit, or mashed potatoes, etc.
Cracker or Bread
Spread: peanut butter, jelly, or cheese spread
Dessert: cookies or pound cakes
Candy: M&Ms, Skittles, or Tootsie Rolls
Beverages: Gatorade-like drink mixes, cocoa, dairy shakes, coffee, tea
Hot sauce or seasoning: in some MREs
Flameless Ration Heater: to heat up the entree
Accessories: spoon, matches, creamer, sugar, salt, chewing gum, toilet paper, etc.
Each MRE provides an average of 1,250 calories (13% protein, 36% fat, and 51% carbohydrates) and 1/3 of the Military Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamins and minerals. A full day’s worth of meals would consist of three MREs.