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Here’s What Food To Pack When You’re Going On A Hike

BROOKLYN NEUSTAETER

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Long hikes are a great way to get some fresh air and experience the great outdoors, but they can also involve a lot of physical exertion.

Whether you’re going on a 5 km walk or a full day long-distance trek, a short stroll through the woods or an uphill battle, a hike can burn up a lot of calories, so snacks are a must.

When hiking, it’s important to keep your energy up and properly fuel yourself before, during and after an outing, especially one that lasts more than two hours. And once you find that perfect spot to take in the view and to feed your rumbling belly, having the perfect snack is key to keeping you going.

But what kind of food should you be bringing? Here are some of our favourite hiking snacks and why.

 

Trail Mix

Trail mix is a classic hiking snack, but you have to be wise about which mix you pick. Nuts are high in fats and while they do give you energy, it’s not the quick kind of energy you need to power up a mountain. So be sure not to go overboard on the trail mix or else you’ll just feel lethargic afterwards.

 

Cucumber and carrot sticks

Cucumbers are mostly made up of water, so they’re an awesome why to hydrate while snacking when you’re working up a sweat. If you’re looking for something a bit heartier, mix them with a few carrot sticks and you’ll find this snack will fill you up.

 

Dried fruit

Dry fruits contain multiple vitamins and are loaded with natural fructose that makes it a sweet tasting treat. The fructose works with the fibre in fruits to covert the sugar to energy. Whether you like apricots, cranberries, apples, or mangos, this is one snack you can definitely gorge on.

 

Bananas

Bananas are filled with lots of potassium, which is really good for muscle cramps and a necessity if you’re going on a long-distance trek. If you’re climbing all day, your calves and toes will be grateful for the potassium pick-me-up, so maybe bring two.

 

Tuna and crackers

Tuna is a prime snack because it’s non-perishable. Bring a can of easy open, un-salted tuna and use some crackers to scoop it up and enjoy! It’s a filling snack that’s perfect for those long journeys.

 

Ants on a log

This might seem like a lot of work, but the prep is actually super easy. Before you leave, cut up some celery, smear a layer of peanut butter on each stick, add a couple raisins on top and that’s it! Ants on a log is a hydrating yet savoury snack that’s also a bit sweet. And—most importantly—it’s hiking theme-appropriate.

 

Jerky

Jerky is a hiking snack go-to. Whether you’re into beef, turkey or pork, jerky has got tons of flavour and a ton of protein to give you a boost. But don’t forget that jerky also contains a lot of dehydrating sodium. So a small serving is fine, but don’t over-pack.

 

Roasted chickpeas

Chickpeas have a great amount of protein to them, but they’re actually kind of bland and boring to eat. Try roasting them in the oven the night before your hike and season them with a little bit of salt, olive oil, and pepper. They’ll be much more enjoyable this way.

 

PB&J sandwiches

If you thought peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were just for kids, think again! PB&J is the perfect trail snack. It’s a great mix of carbohydrates, protein, fat, and sugar to help fuel you for the remainder of your hike.

 

Frozen grapes

If you’re a candy fiend, this snack is for you. The night before a hike, freeze a bag of juicy red grapes. By morning, they’ll be rock hard and icy but come snack time, they’ll be cool, crisp, and so sweet, you might mistake them for candy.

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