Hiking is a fantastic pastime enjoyed by millions of people. It provides you with opportunities to enjoy nature, get some exercise, and spend time with friends. Knowing what snacks to bring along can help ensure you enjoy your adventures without feeling hungry or getting sick. The next time you reach for your trail pack, toss a few of these delicious and nutritious snacks inside to satisfy your cravings on the trail.
While there has been growing caution about processed foods in general, jerky has managed to navigate the turmoil and retain its popularity. That may be largely thanks to its incredible portability and nutrition content.
You can take a package of jerky pretty much anywhere and, as long as you keep it dry, it will be a ready snack for days and weeks of hiking. Left a pack in your day pack from last weekend? No worries, jerky can stand the test of time. Add in its lightweight and a variety of flavors and meat choices, and you have one truly great hiking snack.
Plant-based eating is all the rage right now, and for good reason. It helps you get much-needed fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants to keep you healthy and energized. And that is what makes fruit such a great trail snack.
Whole fruit that can handle being in your pack all day include apples, oranges, and pears. If you are careful, peaches, plums, and nectarines could make the cut, too. Of course, you can opt for dehydrated fruits that are even more portable and hold up well to storage. Freeze-dried options are extra lightweight if you are planning a backpacking trip.
Protein is an important part of your diet, and it can help fuel your backwoods adventures. A handful of nuts is an excellent source of the nutrient, plus it is easy to carry and holds well in a backpack. If plain nuts aren’t really your thing, look for trail mixes that feature them prominently.
Nuts don’t have to be eaten whole. Peanut butter has long been seen as an easy sandwich spread that is relatively healthy and can stand a day in your backpack. And it isn’t the only nut butter around anymore. Look for almond, cashew, and macadamia spreads to add some variety to your pantry.
While tuna may seem out of place on the trail, it is an excellent choice for a quick meal out in nature. New foil pouches are lightweight and portable, and they don’t need refrigeration. You can get them packed in water or in a variety of oil and flavor combinations that let you enjoy the nutritional benefits of eating tuna on the go.
5. Chicken Salad
If you aren’t a big fan of tuna, then chicken salad may make a better snack option. Available in cans and miniature kits where it is accompanied by crackers, chicken salad is now completely portable.
Sticking with protein sources, chickpeas are one of the best around. They are also loaded with healthy doses of fiber, vitamins, minerals that your body needs.
Roasted chickpeas are delicious, lightweight, and truly portable. They have a crunchy texture that makes snacking seem more fun. With interesting flavors like sea salt, cajun spice, and chipotle pepper, you won’t grow bored of the same old snack. You can make your own with one of the many recipes available online, or look for them in your local grocery store.
If you prefer your chickpeas ground, hummus can be taken on the trail, too. Look for individual servings that won’t need refrigeration until after opening, and then be sure to pack out any wrappers.
From veggie chips to roasted peas to carrot sticks, the ways you can take a vegetable snack on your hiking trip are nearly endless. And, while vegetables are nutrient powerhouses, they can also lead to some digestive upset. Find a few easy lectin-free breakfast recipes that can be adapted to trail food and you should be good to go.
Ah, the good old trail staple: granola. While it may actually be breakfast food, granola has been touted as a natural and portable trail snack. There is some debate over whether or not it is a healthy option. The truth is, granola can be healthy if you read labels carefully or make your own without a huge amount of added sugars.
No matter how hard or long of a hike you are planning, you want to have enough fuel to get you through it. Packing healthy snacks like these can make the difference between you experiencing a great weekend adventure or feeling hungry and miserable in the woods.