Like the frontcountry, you want to make sure you’re offering your body a variety of foods to stay healthy and ready for adventure. That means that you keep proteins, salts, and natural sugars in balance to ensure that you have energy all day. For instance, meats and cheeses make for great snacks that provide your body with the protein it needs for energy all day. But, if you need a quick burst of energy, a trail mix that’s rich with nuts and dried fruits is perfect. Granola bars do a good job of being filling without keeping you from feeling full and sluggish.
But if you’re looking for some variety in your trail snack pack, check out some of our favorites below!
Perhaps because it will make you feel like the birds in the trees around you, or because they’re just really tasty, but seeds make a great trail snack. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are awesome snacks because they’re packed with protein. In fact, there are 5 grams of protein in just two tablespoons of pumpkin seeds! A handful of these seeds every now and then while hiking keeps you feeling peppy on the trail. Just make sure you don’t spit the shells out on the trail, you’ll want to pack out all of your food waste.
TUNA AND CRACKERS
Tuna is a great snack or light lunch for your time on the trail. Many tuna brands now offer small foil packages full of tuna, making them easy to pack in your bag on your hike. This cuts down on weight, and if you want to add a little more flavor, throw a small packet of mayonnaise in your bag too. Bring a few crackers to spread the tuna on, and you’ve got a great source of protein and carbs, perfect for crushing the miles on the trail.
A longtime favorite for any hiker, dried fruits are great sources of fiber, energy, and calories. Not only do dried fruits taste great, but they also don’t weigh much. Because they’ve been dehydrated, you’re carrying more of the tasty treat and less heavy water weight. Fresh fruit, while nice, also can be a little messy. It can spoil in your bag, bruise, and spill, meaning you have to clean up your backpack later. It also means you have to pack out things like banana peels or apple cores.
PEPPERS AND HUMMUS
Slices of fresh peppers are not only tasty, but they’re also hydrating too. When paired with some hummus, this makes for a meal that will help you feel full without feeling sluggish and tired afterward.
Spicy and crunchy, this snack is a great fit for those looking for something new on the trail. They’re easy to make at home and they’re healthy too. Chickpeas are packed with vitamins and minerals, offering you the short-term energy you need to make it through your next hike. They’re also a great source of protein and fiber, which offer valuable long-term energy.
A tried and true favorite, often found in even the most hardcore of hiker’s pack. Granola bars offer taste, calories, and nutrients in a nice balance. Their small size makes it easy for them to be enjoyed while you’re moving or you can sit and enjoy your quick snack. If you brought a fun trail beverage with you like hot cocoa, you can stir your drink with your granola bar to soften it up!