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Hiking is one of my favorite summer activities. Actually scratch that, hiking is one of my favorite activities year round! From quick walks to long, strenuous climbs, I love that hiking allows me to experience a destination from a different perspective. But what I don’t love is getting hangry on the trails. If 2020 taught me anything, it is the importance of putting healthy and delicious meals into my body that can help fuel me, even on the longest and most challenging hikes. I’ve partnered with ADM this summer to share some of the best ingredients to incorporate into your hiking snacks to keep your energy up on your summer hikes.
What is ADM?
ADM is an expert in ingredient trends. They are a key player in the development of ingredients and flavors for foods and beverages. ADM provides access to nutrition worldwide by unlocking the power of nature to give customers an edge in solving global nutrition challenges of today and tomorrow. This stems from the core belief that food derived from nature is an important driver of health and wellness. Their customers range from huge global food brands to tiny, cutting-edge startups.This summer I have partnered up with ADM to put together a list of the best ingredients for your hiking snacks list, to ensure that you are packing nutritious hiking snacks that will fuel you all day long.
Best Hiking Snacks Ingredients
If you’re planning out your hiking snacks for your next summer hike, I’ve put together a handy list of ingredients that you should be including, plus easy ways to incorporate the ingredients into your hiking snacks.
Canned Octopus and Squid
Canned octopus and squid is an unexpectedly great ingredient to pack for a hike. I’ve been a fan of canned tuna on hikes for years, but this summer we’re taking it up a notch. Canned and tinned fish is having a serious moment right now in the media and I’m here for it. What I love about canned seafood is that it is so easy to eat, but there are plenty of options to spice it up. If you’re keeping things simple, I recommend finding an olive oil-based brand so that you can eat the octopus right from the can. Options to one-up your hiking snacks with canned octopus include:
- Add it to a packed salad, rice, or pasta
- Put on toast or a rice cracker
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and eat it right from the can
Protein-rich Bars made from Beans
Protein bars and granola bars are an obvious hiking snack choice. But when choosing which bar to bring, make sure to choose one that is made from beans and pulses. These protein-rich bars are an excellent way to keep your energy up on a day hike. There are some great store-bought options available but you can also make your own at home easily with all of your favorite mix-ins. I recommend including a nut butter (peanut butter or almond butter) and some chocolate. These healthy fats combined with the beans are perfect for the trail.
Trail Mix with Nuts and Dried Apricots
Trail mix is a staple hiking snack, and has been forever. However, this summer the key ingredient to include in your mix is dried apricots. Combining your nuts with this delicious dried fruit, plus some dark chocolate chunks, is the perfect way to fuel your body for any hike! ADM recommends pairing salmon jerky with your nuts as well for a well-rounded hiking meal.
Shelf-stable, Cooked Combinations of Various Lentils and Barley
I love lentils! Even when cooking at home, lentils are a staple in my diet. They are flavorful, easy to cook, and so delicious. Not to mention they are packed with protein and great for you! One of ADM’s core beliefs is that access to nutrition has the power to solve many of the world’s challenges. Simple grains and legumes like these can be so powerful for healthy eating at home or on the go.
Lentils are super versatile. They can be eaten on their own, eaten over barley or rice, or added to a salad. If pre-prepared, they can be eaten warm or cold. Cold is great for a day hike, but if you’re camping overnight, you can heat them up over a burner or campfire.
Are there other hiking snacks that you love? Let me know in the comments below!
If you enjoy hiking, here are some other articles that you should check out:
- Grand Teton Hiking Trails
- Tips for Planning a Campervan Road Trip
- Best Hikes in Sedona, Arizona
- Best HIkes in Upstate NY
- 9 Hiking Tips for Female Travelers
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