Walking in nature is a good recreational activity as it is a natural way to exercise and improve your physical fitness. When hiking you can walk for long distances because there is no strain. It only becomes strenuous when you are hiking over difficult terrain.
Hiking will leave you hungry because of the physical exercise. You need to bite on snacks now and then when hiking to revamp your levels of energy. You can purchase fresh berries, homemade snacks, or ready-made snack items.
Here is a list of the best snacks to carry in your hiking backpack.
You shouldn’t miss a banana in your backpack. You probably know that bananas are rich in natural sugars. You would need sugars that are supplied by a banana as you move for hours.
Bananas are rich in potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte you lose from your body through sweating. It is necessary to replace potassium during strenuous exercise to remain hydrated.
You always yearn for that good taste of fresh fruits while on the trail. Some delicate fruits will get bruised at the bottom of your backpack. The hardiest option is an apple. It can survive several days. Apples are not rich in calories, but it’s always worth waiting for the crisp, refreshing taste.
Nuts are high in calories, fats, and proteins to fill you up and give you lasting energy. A mix of dried fruit and nuts is a great energizing snack. Most people associate trail mix with raisins and peanuts. But you can get creative with dark chocolate chips, peanut butter pretzels, yogurt-covered espresso beans, banana chips, and dried blueberries.
All these are good sources of quick energy and easily digestible carbs.
Nothing beats a slice if you are just out hiking for the day. Just wrap it in aluminum foil and toss it in your bag. Since the bread and cheese have the required carbohydrates, protein, and fat, you can indulge free of remorse.
Peanut Butter and Jelly
The nut butter’s fat and protein will help fill you up and give you the calories and energy that you need. Jelly or honey and bread are good sources of carbohydrates that function as a source of fuel that works quickly.
For a cause, the jelly offers an immediate burst of energy, while the peanut butter packs a protein punch. These will keep you going for hours. This tried-and-true sandwich is a classic.
Tuna and Crackers
You’ve always concluded that if you just buy tuna in containers, it’s too heavy to go on the trail. But it is the ideal lunch in foil pouches. Store crackers in a plastic tub that is crush-proof, and be sure to add a Ziplock bag for aromatic leftovers.
If you made a huge stack of breakfast pancakes don’t worry. Pack a baggie with the extras and throw them in your backpack.
Another decent carb source and a portion of simple food to cook and eat on the run are pancakes. For extra rapid energy, add some fruit or syrup, and a drizzle of nut butter for some protein.
Hummus and Carrots
Okay, I can confess that when scaling a mountain, carrots and hummus are not exactly easy to eat. But chances are, at some point, you’ll break for lunch. When you do, you’ll be glad you’ve got crunchy carrots with protein-rich hummus. The combo will get you energy and nutrients and fill you up for the downhill.
Peanut butter is a staple, but there are other choices to try these days: cashews, almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. They are all made into high-protein blends that are mouth-watering. Just be sure to search for allergies with your group, and avoid glass jars. Look for packets for single servings or pouches for several servings.
Another good source of potassium is beets, which will help restore your missing electrolytes. During long-term endurance exercise, studies have shown that beets help boost blood flow, and lower blood pressure. They also increase oxygen flow to muscles and improve exercise tolerance.
Popcorn is a whole grain snack that has fiber and protein. You should buy the kernels and microwave them in a paper bag. Avoid purchasing packets of popcorn that are seasoned with butter, salt, and artificial ingredients. For additional flavor, add some oil and salt.
I love mango, dried mangoes. It’s sweet without added sugar. Look for variations without added sugar, and it’s a good source of digestible carbs and vitamin C. Not to mention that you feel like you’re in the tropics consuming dried mango.
You do not know what you are missing if you have not tried canned dried cheese. In the snack department, new items like Moon Cheese or Parm Crisps are changing the game. They are snacks made from dried cheese that have a ton of protein and taste so good.
Chips or Kale Crisps are so sweet. They make a hiking snack that is delicious, nutritious, and fun-to-eat. From cinnamon-sugar to salty to sweet & spicy, there are many combinations and innovative ways of flavoring kale into the ideal hiking snack. You should fill your eco-friendly, lightweight, stainless steel bento box with kale chips and crisps.
Strawberry Fruit Roll-ups
It’s fun and rewarding to make fruit roll-ups, especially with children. Fruit roll-ups make awesome hiking snacks. A dehydrator makes life much, much simpler, though you can make fruit roll-ups in the oven. When I use the dehydrator it means something very tasty for hiking is coming.
Hiking is a fun activity that doubles up as a way to keep fit and healthy. The exertion, however, can leave you depleted energy-wise. As such, you should make sure you fuel yourself properly, particularly for difficult climbs or long treks. This is an essential part of planning a day hike. Packing the right food will help make the day a lot more fun.
Snacks with a strong mix of protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates are the best snacks. They will hold you full and provide you with lasting energy throughout your hike. Snack manufacturers should ensure high quality for their packaging. To better serve those who are hiking, custom snack packaging can be made by manufacturers to suit the different purposes. This will help improve hygiene and handling, hence making your hike more bearable and fun.