Eating Lights AND Right

Like to hike?

So do we.

It’s one of the best ways to see the outdoors and get some low-impact exercise for your body.

But like so many other things in life, not all hikes are created equal. They come with different terrain, different durations and different requirements.

If you find yourself going on an all or half-day hike, you and your friends will need food to eat and water to drink.

Rather than stick to prefabricated energy bars and sugar-infused granola, consider any one of the six stellar and totally healthy homemade alternatives.

Green Apple Slices Tossed in Honey

One of our favorite recipes happens to be one of the simplest, calling for only two ingredients:

  1. Green Apples
  2. Honey

This little number is great for both all or half-day hikes as it can provide a healthy and much needed blood-sugar boost at any time of day. More importantly, it’s super-light, easy to store and effortless to eat while on the move.

Simply take a whole green apple, core it and slice it into 4-6 pieces. Add two tablespoons of your favorite honey to the apple and toss in a closed Tupperware container.

Boom, you’re done.

Raw Almonds and Goat Gouda

Another simple one (only two ingredients), raw almonds mixed with cubes of goat Gouda cheese is a great way to excite the taste buds; the buttery flavor of the almonds partnered with the sharp, tanginess of the cheese is a flavorful delight.

Easy to prepare, easy to carry and rich in both healthy fats and proteins, this snack is best kept for all-day hikes as it includes more slow-burning fuel.

Make a quantity appropriate to the size of your travelling party.

Toasted Pumpkin or Squash Seeds

Though more labor-intensive than our previous two snacks, this one is GREAT for those of us that like to have something in our pocket to munch on as we go.

Buy a squash of any variety – including a plain-old pumpkin – cut it in half and scoop out the seeds.

(Don’t throw the halves out!!!! Wrap them in plastic and store in the refrigerator for a variety of delicious uses down the road.)

Place the seeds in a bowl and toss with sea salt, cracked black pepper, paprika and extra virgin olive oil.

Spread the seeds on a cookie sheet and roast them in the oven until a deliciously toasty golden brown.

Allow the seeds to cool, place them in a Ziplock bag, place the bag in your pocket and hit the dusty trail!

Organic Jerky

Though you CAN make it yourself, we’re going to cheat here and just buy it…but since it’s organic that’s OK right?

Whether you’re buying beef, bison, salmon or some other variety entirely jerky is not only delicious and easy to pack/carry it’s full of vital protein your body needs to trudge forward on particularly grueling hikes.

Just make sure they jerky you buy is:

  1. Made in small batches
  2. Free from artificial ingredients or preservatives
  3. Low in sodium 

Power Celery Sticks

Power-packed, delicious and requiring less than 15 minutes to make, these are always a crowd favorite out on the trail.

Top, tail and wash the celery stalks before cutting them into roughly 3-4” inch pieces.

Take those pieces fill them with a couple teaspoons of your favorite all-natural peanut butter, taking care to not “overload” the stalks.

Sprinkle raisins onto the peanut butter topped stalks and you’re all done.

Chili-Lime Nuts

With protein, fat, salt and a whole lot of flavor, there’s a lot to love and nothing to hate about this hiking snack unless of course you’re one of the unfortunate few with a nut allergy.

Use your preferred nut (almond, macadamia, peanut, cashew, etc.) as a base and toss with a deliciously tangy chili-lime vinaigrette. Lay the nuts out on a baking sheet and toast them for 10 to 15 minutes to get them ready for the trail and you’re good to go.

To make the vinaigrette mix for 200-300g of nuts:

  • 2 Thai chili peppers + seeds, finely diced
  • 4 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (the nuts have plenty of fats and oils they’ll release when heated)
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika

Salt and pepper to taste

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