By: Lori Pederson
While on the trails I've been finding it hard to be not only creative with my energy snacks but keeping my snacks from melting or going bad has been a challenge. It's important to eat & drink frequently to keep your energy up. Here's some cool ideas to throw in your hiking backpack that will keep your going for many kilometers.
~I've been freezing half my hydration pack and in the morning adding a little water. This usually keep my water cold for the better part of the day. If you're using bottles as long as they are plastic you can do the same thing.
~Add lemon, lime, cucumber, strawberries, orange slices or blueberries to naturally spice your water up without out adding many calories.
~Make your own trail mix by adding your favorite nuts, seveds and dried fruits. That way you know what you are getting and can add what you like. I don't recommend adding chocolate during the summer months as it will just melt.
~Celery, carrots & or cabbage.
~Energy bars...there are many kinds to choose from.
~Pure frozen coconut water (I keep all my food that needs to be kept cold beside my frozen coconut water).
~Beef Jerky. You can find lots of types...salmon, buffalo, venison & turkey.
~Kale, apple, coconut or veggie chips.
~Freeze dried meals.
~Tortilla vegetable wrap: spread cream cheese over your whole wheat wrap, add lettuce, cucumber, cheese. Tuck in the ends and roll it tight. Wrap it in tinfoil.
~Hummus or Tzatziki with pita bread.
~Granola that is store bought or you can make your own.
~Peanut butter & jam sandwich.
~Crackers and cheese.
~Hard boiled eggs.
~Couscous, pasta or traditional veggie salad.
It's trying to be creative while keeping it light. Drinking plenty of water and eating lots of frequent snacks while hiking will keep your up energy and carry you along ways.
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I work for Surrey School District as an Education Assistant. In my free time I enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, going off-road, dragon boating, writing & hanging with my huskies.