5 snacks to fuel your hiking adventure
What food do you take hiking that will provide adequate nutrition? These 5 foods are high in energy and will help fuel your body during a hike.
I recently went to the beautiful Wilson’s Promontory National Park which is the southern most point of mainland Australia. It was wonderful hiking through so many different landscapes, from lush rainforest to rocky cliffs and sandy or pebbled beaches.
We went on a weekend of overnight hikes to remote campsites, so we had to take all of our supplies with us. Being caught hours away from the store in the national park was not appealing to me, so luckily for us I am a Nutritionist and knew exactly what to take!
Top 5 hiking snacks
Nuts & seeds
Nuts and seeds are high in plant-based protein, to help repair and build muscle as well as create enzymes and antibodies. They are also full of fibre and fats - which keep you feeling fuller for longer and slowly release energy.
I like to take a variety of nuts and seeds. I made up a few different bags of different combinations that I picked up from The Source Bulk Foods
Dried fruit is high in natural sugars to give you an energy boost as well as fibre to fill you up. Dried fruit also contains vitamins and minerals. They are natures energy dense sweets.
A combination of nuts, dried fruits, sweeteners like honey or maple syrup make these a great option for a high energy snack. Don’t be shy of sugar, it gives you a quicker energy boost which you may need on a strenuous hike.
If you want to make some yourself, here is a great recipe from Donna Hay for Coconut Oat and Chia Muesli bars
My recipe for these easy banana oat cookies are also similar to a muesli bar
Hard cheese & seedy crackers
When you have a moment to take a breather, some hard cheese and seedy crackers are always a delicious and satisfying option. Choose wholegrain crackers full of seeds for that extra energy and fibre.
This is another one for when you have a chance to rest. Biltong is marinated meat like beef or kangaroo which is then slowly air-dried. It is very high in protein and as it is similar to jerky it keeps well without refrigeration. I like to buy biltong from Tribal Tastes at Queen Victoria Market
I love chocolate biscuits and nothing is better when you get to your campsite and are in need of a little pick me up. High in energy for a boost!
These Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut and Sea Salt Cookies are a great choice if you want to make some yourself!
Remember to also keep hydrated and always take extra food in case you get lost!
What about camping meals?
I will write a post on our meals soon also, so keep a look out! If you have any favourite meals ou like to take camping let me know!
Do you have any favourite snacks you like to take hiking or camping? Comment below!