Healthy Snacks You Can Take Outdoors

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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.

Dried Figs

Dried Figs - Healthy Snacks You Can Take Outdoors - Nomad

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.

Trail Mix

Trail Mix - Healthy Snacks You Can Take Outdoors - Nomad

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

Smoked Almonds

Smoked Almonds - Snacks You Can Take Outdoors

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!

Ingredients List:
  • 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
In a bowl, whisk egg white until foamy. Add garlic powder, celery salt, salt, and liquid smoke; stir until blended. Add almonds and stir until well coated. Evenly spread almonds in a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 300°F for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool and enjoy.

Roasted Spicy Chickpeas

Roasted Chickpeas - Snacks You Can Take Outdoors

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.

Ingredients List:

  • 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
Preheat the oven to 400°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Place the chickpeas in a large bowl and toss with the remaining ingredients until evenly coated. Spread the chickpeas in an even layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until crisp, about 30 to 40 minutes. Cool and enjoy.

Raw Vegetables

Nomad - Raw Veggies - Snacks You Can Take Outdoors

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.

Turkey Jerky

Nomad - Turkey Jerky - Snacks You Can Take Outdoors

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.

Ingredients List:
  • Turkey Breast (2lbs)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Kabob Skewers
Preheat the oven to 200°F. Thinly slice the turkey breast (the thinner, the better). Salt and pepper each strip, front, and back. Skewer the strips of seasoned turkey with the kabob skewers, and hang the skewers from the upper rack of your oven. Leave the oven door slightly ajar (an inch or so should do it). Bake strips anywhere from six to ten hours, checking on them periodically. The jerky is done when you can bend the strips and they crack but don't break.

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.

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