It is funny how people go on a hike and not take into account that there is a lot of energy expended during this activity. The loss of energy is due to hunger, fatigue, and not being in great physical shape.
If you are suffering from not being in physical shape, you take a look at my other article by clicking here, it gives you
tips to prepare for your hiking trips. Also, being physically prepared helps with slowing down fatigue and building up endurance.
So, the other part of the equation is the hunger factor which can also be a big cause of fatigue. I’m going to be giving you suggestions on what are the best snacks for hiking. And just so you know, not all snacks are great for this type of physical activity.
The snacks that we are going to be going over are homemade snacks, fruits and vegetables, trail mix, and power bars. Whether you are going on a day hike or a long-distance hike, this snack will give you a boost of energy. And not to mention, they don’t weigh much.
Alright, let’s begin with some homemade snacks.
The great thing about homemade snacks is that you are making them so you know the ingredients that are going into them. Also, you get to pick if you are going to be using organic or non-organic ingredients.
Here are a few that both my wife and I have tried and they are great! Also, when making these homemade snacks with your spouse, girlfriend, or significant other, It seems to taste better when you are out on the trail.
I am going to gives you a couple of recipes that we have tried and really liked. One is from a beautiful mess in which you can make tasty chocolate no-grain no-bake cookies. Here is the recipe from their website.
Another favorite of ours to take on our hiking trips is chocolate black bean power cookies. Black beans have lots of protein which is a great way to replenish your muscles. The chocolate also gives you energy and acts as an antioxidant as well.
You can find this recipe in green kitchen stories. When you go to this website you might also take a look at some fabulous salad ideas which are great after a day of hiking.
Fruits and vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables have a lot of natural sugar for energy and they will help in keeping you hydrated during your hike.
One of the best fruits that I always take and they are always available is bananas. I also like to take along some peanut butter and top the banana with that. The banana helps by giving me the potassium to fight against cramps, and peanut butter gives me a boost of energy. You should give it a try. If you are allergic to peanuts, then I would suggest Nutella or Almond butter. They work just as good.
Another trick I learned is to take grapes and put them in the freezer the night before and the next day put them in a Ziploc bag. If you are on a day hike, they should stay frozen for the most part of the day. The grapes will not only keep you hydrated but also have a sort of candy texture.
I have also bought frozen fruits like blueberries and strawberries, cut them into bite-size pieces and put them in a Ziploc bag and add a little sea salt. Some people add Cayenne pepper to give it a little zing as well.
Vegetables that I take are broccoli, carrots, and celery. The thing I like about the vegetables is that they are not only light, they provide a lot of nutrients, vitamins, fiber and keeps your body hydrated as well.
There is a wide variety of trail mix that you can get from your local grocery store. Some come prepacked and you can also get them from the bulk section.
Generally what you find as far as ingredients in them is granola, nuts, dried fruit, and sometimes chocolate. What I love about trail mix is that you can munch on them as you go along your hike. That way you don’t let your energy dwindle down to the point where hunger sets in. By then, it’s too late.
If you decide that you want to make your own trail mix, that is great! And like I said, as with making your own power cookies you can control the ingredients that you put in there.
I found how to build a healthy trail mix from a healthy maven. Take a look as she adds a couple of other things in the trail mix that you possibly won’t find in store-bought ones.
Power bars are another great source of energy. Although a person can get confused as to which ones are best for them, there are some that are high in protein and some that look like trail mix that is in a condensed form.
The pure protein bars are high in protein and great for after a day of hiking and you are looking for a great way to replenish your muscles.
One of the best bars that I use while on a hike is Clif bars because they are low in sugar which keeps from crashing and have enough carbohydrates to keep me going on long hikes. They come in various tasty flavors and are made with organic ingredients. Clif bars also have their version of protein bars as well, so you might want to take a look at them as well for your after hike recovery.
Grab some snacks and let’s go!
Now that you know some different types of snacks that you can take along for your hike, you might want to start with these and experiment. Everyone has a different reaction to various types of foods that you put in your body. So, what might work great for me, not so much for you?
Just know that these are what I consider to be some best snacks for hiking and that the list can be endless. So if you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.