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If you’re like us, no matter how fun and exciting your adventure plans, sometimes the snacks you pack is anything but fun and exciting. Often, we plan an adventure at the last minute, grab a couple of the same pre-packaged bars that we always keep in the kitchen, and eventually ingest a mostly tasteless cube of calories for strictly functional reasons, to prevent bonking.
But on our better days, we plan slightly ahead, think creatively, and actually enjoy delicious trail snacks that make a fun adventure even better. We know that bars get old, and so many pre-packaged options are unappealingly sugary and all taste the same after a while. So we offer below a multitude of ideas for better trail treats.
For most adventures, but especially for long (all-day or longer) outings and outings in hot conditions, it’s important to eat a mix of salty and sweet food. Sufficient salt intake is important for preventing the dangerous condition known as hyponatremia [learn more about how to avoid dehydration and other heat illnesses]. In addition to the medical importance of mixing in salty foods, we’ve found from experience that packing a variety of snacks is the best way to eat enough to adventure safely. Sometimes, once an adventure is underway, certain foods lack appeal despite how good they looked in the store. Bringing a variety increases the odds of having something appetizing to eat when you’re working hard and need calories.
Sometimes, packing better trail food simply requires a paradigm shift as to what constitutes “trail food.” Many foods we tend to make only for at-home meals work well as trail food, too!
A dehydrator is a fantastic tool for preparing delicious and balanced trail meals or snacks. These home appliances are available in models ranging from budget to super fancy. With an accurate oven thermometer, you can also use your oven to dehydrate. Here are some of our favorite dehydrated trail snacks.
If you’re used to purchasing your trail snacks you’re probably used to finding a LOT of sugar in the options available to you. This is especially true for food geared toward trail running or hiking. While sugar can provide a quick boost you may find you’re craving salt more often.
We can all pare down the stash of food in our packs, but let’s be honest…we’re all out there earning that view to go along with our meal or snack. With that in mind, treat your self! Allow yourself a little extra weight or room in your pack for some of these bonus treats.
Try out some of these options on your next adventure to ensure that no matter how the day goes, you’ll at least be eating well! Having the right snacks, or even full meals, can make or break an adventure — so plan ahead and pack snacks! Adventure Feet First is here to help you find your way to trails as great as your treats; contact us to learn more about our adventure planning options.