Whether you're trekking the hills of a mountain or strolling along a scenic forest, hiking can burn quite a few calories. Even a moderate hike should include proper preparation, and that includes packing enough food to sustain you while you're on the trail. With proper nutrition, your body is able to replenish the electrolytes lost through sweat and exertion, making you feel up for any challenge. Here are a few healthy snacks you can enjoy on the trail.
Jerky is a high protein snack that is non-perishable and easy to pack. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends these thin strips of jerky as a quick and easy way to refuel. There are many different flavors and types of jerky, from classic beef to elk and even ostrich, so you're sure to find a flavor that fits your preference.
Dried fruit is a good source of fiber and healthy calories. Some store-bought dried fruit has added sugars, but you can easily make this treat on your own at home. Fruit leather is also easier to make than you might think, and you can control the amount of sugar added so you get all the benefits of this sweet snack.
Trail mix is a staple of hiking. It's easy to find in stores, but store-bought often comes with added sugar and/or salt that makes it less healthy than it could be. Making your own ensures you have a snack that fits your needs, without the extra calories. The possibilities for trail mix are endless - you can even incorporate jerky pieces into the mix!
Fresh vegetable sticks are low in calories but also filling. While veggies can seem bland on their own, adding a flavorful dip, like an avocado-cilantro dip, or a low-fat chipotle ranch, can turn this healthy snack into a tasty treat.