What is Minimus Nutrition?

Minimus Nutrition® is a powdered nutritional supplement that leverages the latest in scientific evidence and food science to revolutionize backcountry nutrition. Informed by special operators in the military and backcountry enthusiasts, we formulated Minimus® to maximize physiological resilience and reduce excess weight/volume in the food kits of our customers.

Minimus® contains a proprietary blend of instantized essential amino acids, sacha inchi plant protein, medium chain triglycerides, oleic acid, and a 2:1 maltodextrin fructose blend. Using this profile of macronutrients, Minimus® promotes muscle remodeling and provides adequate fuel substrates, even under conditions of negative energy balance and sustained physical activity. Combined with docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid to mitigate chronic inflammation, coenzyme Q10 to optimize fat metabolism, citrulline to enhance blood flow and a full complement of vitamins and minerals, Minimus® is a state-of-the-art product.

Minimus® rapidly dissolves in water and/or can be added to any meal to maximize nutrient delivery. Simply stated, Minimus® provides a full gamut of instantized nutrition in an ultra-lightweight, small volume package that offers tremendous benefits to the end user. 

Minimus® comes in three flavors: Cocoa Dust, Mater Dust, and Tater Dust. Each flavor is sold in a single serving or by cases of 20. Be one of the first to truly revolutionize your backcountry nutrition strategy by reducing pack weight and improving muscle recovery. For ideas on how to supercharge your food kit, see these flavor pairing tips. You will be glad you did. 

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Minimus Nutrition Labels

Cocoa Dust Nutrition Panel

Mater Dust Nutrition Panel

Tater Dust Nutrition Panel

Meet the experts behind the brand.

Avid Adventurers, Nutrition Enthusiasts, Scientists

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Robert H. Coker, PhD, FACSM, FTOS 

Dr. Coker received his PhD in Exercise Science from the University of Mississippi. He completed fellowships studying the regulation of metabolism at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the Bispebjerg Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark. He began his academic career at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences later joining the University of Alaska Fairbanks to establish a program of clinical research. He co-founded Essential Blends, LLC in 2013 to reduce the risk of sarcopenia in older adults (https://aminoco.com) and was inducted into the Alaska Innovators Hall of Fame in 2020. After moving to Montana in early 2022, he worked with Mr. Larry Bartlett and Dr. Brent Ruby to develop Minimus to transform nutritional products for backcountry enthusiasts and military operators. He has been a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a Member of the American Physiological Society for over two decades.

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Larry Bartlett

Larry Bartlett is a US Army Veteran and 25 plus year business owner of Pristine Ventures in Alaska. Larry is a well known backcountry hunter in Alaska, author of several books producer of several films, product developer and innovator and trip planning specialist.

Minimus Nutrition is a patent-pending formula today because of the contributions of three very important partners: Larry Bartlett – Citizen Scientist/Combat Veteran/Entrepreneur, and Robert Coker, PhD and Brent Ruby, PhD, Professors in the field of Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism. These gentlemen have put their time in the field and completed thorough studies on the effects of nutrition in the field with backcountry hunters. Together they have developed this resource that adds a powerhouse of nutrition to existing market choices, while reducing the need to buy and pack as much food in your meal kit. And they have done this all with the goal to maintain muscle mass in the field while completing arduous work. Backpacking food has come a long way over the years, and with the addition of Minimus Nutrition to your field kit, you can take your nutrition and energy levels leaps and bounds further.

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Brent Ruby, PhD

Brent obtained his PhD in exercise science from the University of New Mexico in 1994 and serves as the Director of the Montana Center for Work Physiology and Exercise Metabolism (Montana WPEM).  

 Brent’s research has been widely recognized by several agencies including the United States Forest Service and the Department of Defense. The focus of these projects has ranged from understanding the skeletal muscle interaction with environmental stress during exercise and recovery, the implications of high-altitude operations, heat stress injury risk profiling and reduction, and understanding the limits of human work during ultra-endurance events. Brent has also maintained a 25+ year relationship with the wildland fire community and has extensively studied the demands of the job on crew health and performance.    

Brent has raced most of his life – on the track, on the road, in the hills, on foot, and on a bike. He is a recovering Ironman competitor, including a two-time qualifier/racer at the Kona World Championships. Brent has also written two children’s books, www.wrangoandbanjo.com