The weekend is here again, and like most of you I will want to take my family out to explore the great outdoors. Unfortunately a lot of times the things that we bring to fuel our bodies through these adventures are not very healthy at all. That is because most convenient foods are highly processed, contain minimal nutritional value, and contain all sorts of things you can't pronounce. So for a new spin on healthy outdoor snacks that actually have adventure fueling nutrients try one of these suggestions!
1. Almond Butter Packet (Currently my favorite!)
Almond butter contains healthy essential fats, is high in protein, and is caloricly dense! Try the convenient little squeeze packs for a mid-hike snack with an apple for a boost that will keep you trekking.
2. REAL Trail-Mix
Yea that stuff with M&M's in it doesn't count..I am talking about a real simple healthy mix of nuts, fruit, and even some dark chocolate. A simple mix would be Walnuts, Prunes (yea they are good for more than just old people), Salted Peanuts, and broken small bits of dark chocolate.
The walnuts have essential fats and protein, the prunes have natural sugars for quick energy, real dark chocolate has important antioxidants, and salted peanuts contain electrolytes.
3. Peanut Butter Balls
These are delicious...and real simple to make.
Mix your favorite natural PB with some plain whey protein(optional) and dark chocolate pieces. Roll into small balls, place on a baking sheet and place in freezer. Throw some in a zip lock before you head out the door and enjoy all the way up the mountain!
4. Don't Feel Like Making Anything? Eat a Larabar! And no they are not paying me to say that!
Seriously, these bars contain only real natural ingredients. Most Larabars only have like 3 ingredients and taste amazing. They are caloricly dense, contain healthy fats, a mix of slow and fast digesting carbs, and natural proteins.
5. String Cheese & Beef Jerky
This is a nice little protein packed combo that is easy to take with you and tastes delicious. Try to find Jerky without nitrates added.
What is your favorite healthy hiking snack?