Hiking Snacks: 7 Of The Best Superfoods To Take On Your Next Trip
There’s no better time to go hiking than in the summer. You can get an early start and start and stay out longer thanks to our lengthier periods of sunshine. Plus, mountain views look so much better surrounded by clear blue skies. This is made even better by a well-prepped bag of hiking snacks.
Of course, the temperatures are also soaring, which means you’re more likely to become dehydrated. Make sure to pack in a good supply of water. Just be careful not to drink too much water without replenishing the sodium in your body. That’s a fast way to develop Hyponatremia, a condition which can become life threatening.
One way to prevent this is by packing in snacks with high sodium levels. If you pack smartly, you can avoid early fatigue when hiking. While you’re taking a break on your hike and sitting down to enjoy the view, eat some of these delicious snacks.
As you hike, your body loses essential electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Having a banana is one way you to replenish your potassium stores. They’re also highly nutritious and improve digestion. You’re also more likely to stay full for longer.
2. Nut butter
If bananas on their own aren’t exciting enough for you, spread some nut butter on it for added taste and energy. Choose between peanut butter, almond butter or macadamia butter, whichever you prefer. Nut butter contains healthy fats and proteins, essential for keeping you going on your hike. We love OhMega’s range of nut butters (buy it here). They come in handy sachets, perfect for a single serving and light enough to carry in your bag.
3. Actual nuts
So you prefer your nuts in its originally chewy form? No worries. Raw nuts are a great source of protein. Satiate your appetite while hiking with these mixed raw nuts from Faithful to Nature (buy it here). They even come in a biodegradable, compostable packaging, making your snacks that much more sustainable.
Who doesn’t love tuna? The saltwater fish is a powerhouse of nutrients including potassium, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, iron, B6 and B12. Aside from being a tasty snack tuna, it will replenish your potassium stores and keep you energised on your hike. Make a salad, use them on a sandwich, or eat it as with lemon juice, salt, and pepper for seasoning. If you’re looking to lighten your load while hiking, ditch the tuna in a can and get John West tuna. It’s pre-seasoned and doesn’t require any draining.
The go-to snack of South Africans everywhere should also be your go-to snack for hikes. Biltong contains zinc which is known for its immune boosting properties. The dried meat is also a good source of protein and packs a good supply of energy. Perfect for when you’re feeling fatigued. Grab some from your local Food Lovers Market. There’s no need to skip this treat if you’re vegan. We found the perfect vegan biltong (buy it here)
Related: How To Make Biltong Energy Bars
6. Dried Fruit
The one thing you don’t want to be doing on a hike is constantly running to squat behind some bushes. Or even walking around with cramps courtesy of an upset stomach. Pack some dried fruit in your hiking pack. The fruit aids digestion and provides a quick hit of glucose when you’re low on sugar. Get a tasty mixture here.
Before you dismiss seeds as nothing but bird food, consider this. They’re super nutritious as they are high in fibre and protein making them a great hiking snack. Crunch on them while you walk. You’ll stay fuller for longer. Get this Ultimate 4 Seed Mix, or if you need some flavour with your seeds, get Gaby’s Seed and Berries.