When it comes to our energy sources out on the trail a lot of us resort to the local convenient store or gas station and end up with something overloaded with sugars and salts. While these snacks are undeniably tasty they also lead to mid trail burnout and post trail naps. Here's a couple recipes and quick snacks you can put together to bring with you on your next outing, they may take a few minutes longer than a trip to your local convenient store but you'll make up for it when you come home with enough energy to take on the rest of your day.
We'll start you off with an easy one that needs virtually no prep time and can be store bought: dried figs. Dried figs are a delicious, energy-rich, snack perfect for a boost on the trail. Since they're dried they're small, durable, dense and easy to travel with, plus you only need a few of them to get you going. Figs are fat-free and high in fiber so they give you a full feeling and burn slowly as the complex carbohydrates and nutritious minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and potassium, begin to break down. Figs also provide Manganese, which strengthens the tissues in cartilage such as your knees, which is something frequent backpackers can't get enough of.
Dried fruits and berries, granola, nuts and seeds – the basics for a solid batch of trail mix. I know, trail mix seems like a no brainer but did we mention there's some significant health benefits to this stuff? Throw in some pumpkin seeds to kick up the protein, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K and vitamin E. Walnuts are a great addition, too, since studies have shown they support brain health and a happy brain is what it's all about isn't it? Here are a couple trail mix recipes to spice up those peanuts and seeds:
- Power Couple: Goji berries, pistachios, dried blueberries, flax seeds, dark chocolate chips.
- Peanut Butter Nutter: Banana chips, peanut butter chips, peanuts, almonds, dark chocolate chips.
- Monkey Business: Banana chips, peanuts, sea salt, almonds, dark chocolate chips, raisins, coconut flakes
This hiking snack only takes about 10 minutes of prep, and the result is delicious. You can eat these on their own, or you can add them to trail mix or homemade granola bars. Almonds are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamin E and magnesium, so snack away with no regrets!
- 1 egg white
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons celery salt
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring
- 3 cups whole unblanched almonds, toasted and cooled
Roasted Spicy Chickpeas
One of the great things about roasting chickpeas is that the body will digest the carbohydrates rather slowly, meaning you’ll stay full for longer, and that’s what we’re looking for in a great hiking snack. These little guys will keep you going on the trail, and they add lots of nutritional value to your diet. Roasted chickpeas contain vitamin A, magnesium, potassium and sodium. Give em a try when peanuts start getting boring.
- 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, thoroughly drained and rinsed (about 3 cups)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Easily portable veggies like carrots and celery can provide a refreshing boost on a hot day. You can also pack high-protein dips like hummus or peanut butter to take your snacking action to the next level.
Okay, so this hiking snack isn’t super quick, or vegan-friendly, but for our omnivores out there it’s worth the effort. It’s also better for you than beef jerky. Turkey jerky is a great source of lean protein, so it’ll give you the boost you need without piling on all the extra calories of fattier snacks. If you want to avoid the labor of making this one, just pick some up from your favorite local grocer.
- Turkey Breast (2lbs)
- Salt and pepper
- Kabob Skewers
And no worries, if you don't have the time to be putting things in the oven, we've already done all the hard work for you. Our low sugar, clean, organic, nutritious, energy bars are a solid choice for any of your nomadic adventures! Grab a box today and save yourself from a trip to that boring gas station.