As the weather starts to heat up here in Maryland, more and more people are once again hitting the trails for adventurous day hikes. But even casual day hikes can take a good amount of energy out of a person.
That is why is it so important to make sure that you have the proper nutrition to keep your energy up and keep you going on your day outdoors.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, when going on day hikes, all you need is just one meal and a few snacks to keep you going.
In an article from Livestrong, hikers are advised to be sure to munch on about one snack per hour and bring salty snacks to help replenish electrolytes lost through sweat. Without water and proper nutrition, a casual hike can make a hiker weak and ruin the trip into nature overall.
According to a recent article, in Central Minnesota, there are a great number of local markers selling unique trail-approved food combos. A combination of carbs and protein keep the body energized and this “little corner of the nation’s breadbasket” has high-quality crave-able snacks for local hikers.
Aside from the health and food safety parts of snacking during your casual hike, eating nutritious foods on the trail is great because, well it’s food, and who doesn’t love food?
If you’ve been on a long hike, it is always exciting to find that perfect spot to stop, catch your breath, take in the views around you, and feed your hungry belly with the perfect trail snack.
And sure, basic nuts and trail mix can suffice, but spicing up your trail snacks a bit can be both more tasty and effective for pushing yourself to finish your hike in the best way possible.
Here are some energizing and refreshing trail snacks perfect for your next hike in nature’s beauty:
- Fruit salad: Cut up some of your favorite fruits and put them in a zip lock bag or Tupperware with some cinnamon, sugar, or salt to help keep the fruit fresh and give you that needed pop of energy. If you want to be different, try to even dry your fruit beforehand. Dehydrating fruit removes excess water making it lighter to carry and gives you that extra source of fiber and calories.
- Protein balls or cookies: These perfect little bites of bliss are packed with great ingredients of major protein and carbohydrates for the perfect energy boost. Typically, they are made with chia seeds, quinoa, oatmeal, peanut butter or other ingredients as a base and honey, cranberries, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, peanuts, etc. added for the extra flavor and sweetness.
- Basic sandwiches: Sure, sometimes a sandwich may be a boring snack for a hike but keeping it simple with just some whole wheat bread, tomatoes, cheese, and a little lunch meat can be a perfect refresher.
- Frozen grapes: The night before going out on a hike, throw some grapes (fresh or a little old will work the same) into the freezer. Bring them on your hike the next day and they will be the perfect cold and crisp healthy snack that will taste so sweet you’ll think it’s candy.
- Granola: Buy some premade from the store or make your own! Toast some rolled oats, add in some nuts and dried fruits and viola, granola! This is another perfect quick snack to boot your energy and keep your belly happy.
These are of course just a few of the favorite trail snack favorites but go ahead and try them! Let me know what snacks you bring on the trail to boost your energy and keep you going.