If you’re headed out for a hike, it’s important that you fuel your body with healthy snacks to keep your energy level up while you walk.
Here are four good choices for healthy snacks to bring on a hike:
Dried meat is a great snack to take on a hike because it is packed with protein. Choose chicken or turkey jerky over beef varieties because they are generally leaner meats. Look for jerky that has a low level of sodium and is all natural with no artificial ingredients.
- Trail mix
Trail mix is a staple snack on hikes, but it’s tempting to choose a variety that has more candy in it than healthy ingredients! Here are some ingredients you can put in your trail mix:
- Almonds, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews.
- Dried pineapple rings, apricots, apple slices, banana slices, mango slices and coconut flakes.
- Yogurt-covered raisins.
- Dark-chocolate chips.
- Granola bars
Granola bars are another hiking snack go-to, but are often loaded with sugar. Read the labels at the store to ensure you’re picking out a healthy snack, and not something that’s closer in ingredients to a candy bar! You could also make your own granola bars – Fitness magazine has a great collection of healthy recipes here.
- Nut butter and banana sandwich
Top whole-grain bread with almond, cashew or peanut butter and then add a layer of banana slices to make a tasty and energizing snack to bring with you on your hike. You could also replace the banana slices with apple or pear slices.
Along with healthy snacks, it’s important that you stay well hydrated throughout your hike. Eat Right, a site from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recommends that you drink at least 4 cups of water before your hike and then bring about 2 cups of water for every hour of hiking. Add fresh-cut fruit or lemon juice to your water bottle for extra flavorful hydration while on your hike.