It’s estimated that you burn between 300 and 600 calories every hour while hiking. So with all that calorie burn you need to be eating nutrient and energy dense foods to fuel your body (and mind!) and to keep you energized during your trip.
These snacks are the ideal mix of simple and complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, protein and many of the vitamins and minerals (including salt) you need to keep you powered on your outdoor adventures.
You can buy a premixed bag of fruit and nuts, or you can just make your own. These mixes are the ideal snack during a hiking trip. The fruit is loaded with simple sugars (and nutrients) which will give you that energy boost, while the nuts are loaded with healthy fats to help sustain you during the long trek. Mix up different fruits and nuts to add variety to each day.
Trail bars are basically a mix of fruit and nuts all mashed into one bar! They are easy to carry and store and are available in different flavors. CLIF Bar and TRIBE both have a vegan range. It’s also super easy to make your own by combining dates, oats, peanut butter and almonds.
With all that exercise, hiking is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some chocolate. But not just any chocolate. Opt for dark as it’s not only going to boost your energy levels but it’ll also provide you with lots of nutrients like magnesium, iron, and copper as well as soluble fiber.
Roasted beans are great for taking on the trail. They are tasty, packed with protein and help replenish the salt you’ve lost with all of that sweating. You can roast beans, like chickpeas, edamame, and cannellini beans yourself. Add some Himalayan salt, seasoning and vegetable oil and roast them in the oven for 30 minutes.
Vegan jerky is perfect for the trail as it’s lightweight, easy to pack and it’s full of protein. Primal Spirit Foods makes its Primal Strips jerky from soy, seitan and shiitake mushrooms in lots of different flavors.
Hope these vegan snack ideas help as you plan your next adventure! Also, don’t miss my tips on finding the best vegan hiking boots for your plant-powered hikes. Enjoy!
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