THE BEST SNACKS TO TAKE HIKING
As with restaurant cuisine, sports nutrition, birthday parties, or just your dinner at home, some foods suit the occasion much better than others. Outdoor sports like hiking are no different. Not knowing the best snacks to take hiking can turn a healthy adventure into sickness or even death.
Hiking, or any outdoor activities, requires some stamina and energy, especially in making sure you have the strength to get back home. Roughly 50 million people visit national parks every year and engage in short, medium, or long arduous hikes. The wise hikers take nutrition with them, and this article discusses the best snacks to take hiking, based on their nutritional value, convenience, taste, and life-saving capabilities.
Hydration is Key!
Water is number one. People don’t normally think of water as a snack; maybe that’s why many folks often set out with too little water. We should snack on water continually throughout the hike. Sip, sip, sip. And don’t leave on a rigorous hike if your urine is obviously yellow. It should be pale yellow to clear, indicating you are at a good hydration level. Without enough water in your body, your muscles won’t work properly, your heart overworks, and dehydration can stop your hike quickly. If you can pack it in, great; otherwise, make sure there is plenty of water to drink along the trail, especially in the heat. At least, take a good water filter, so you can pump water from a stream or lake through the filter and into your mouth. Gatorade is fine for long hikes (an hour or more), but short hikes require plain water. Some folks mix water with their Gatorade, a 1 to 1 ratio, and this is recommended for sweaty hikes because Gatorade will provide some blood sugar for energy and electrolytes for good hydration.
Nutrients to Keep You Going
Peanut butter or other nut butters are great sources of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fat. An excellent choice for outdoor sporting, peanut butter is nutrient dense and tasty to many people. The protein of peanut butter will help preserve your muscle mass while you’re burning calories and fat, and the carbohydrates will provide more fuel for energy during the hike.
Trail mixes are usually good sources of needed nutrients, like protein, carbohydrates, fats, and fiber. Choose the mixes that are not salty, unless you’re hiking sweaty all day and have no Gatorade to provide some sodium. A few m&ms are ok, but be sure to eat the seeds, raisins, and nuts. Trail mix is one of the best snacks to take hiking.
Energy and Strength
Bananas provide potassium and other vitamins and minerals, which the muscle cells need to perform normally. Bananas contain simple sugars which become blood glucose then energy, and they taste good to most folks.
Fruits and vegetables, dried or fresh, are good to give your body carbs, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and water; so take a few apples and carrots, for examples. Or, a package of dried fruit is nice.
Cans of tuna are great sources of protein and healthy fat. If you don’t have a handy, transportable can opener, put some tuna in a plastic bag or container with lid at home before you leave.
Energy bars are usually good, too. Among the hundreds or thousands of choices, look for bars that contain at least 10 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbs, and 5 grams of fiber.
Some hikers will make their own hiking snack by mixing oatmeal, granola, and sunflower seeds. Sounds good to me!
I hope I’ve given you some ideas for the best snacks to take hiking. Good luck, good hiking, and good eating!
The Best Snacks to Take Hiking
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