April 25, 2015

Outdoor-activity season is blooming and with that comes a different set of snacking needs. There is nothing more satisfying than getting to your destination, like the top of a mountain, and unzipping a backpack full of exciting treats, different than traditional trail mix. I usually have these items in my backpack: energy bars, fresh fruit, beef jerky, dark chocolate, raisins mixed with dry-roasted, salted almonds, and a can of locally crafted beer to wash it down.

What is even more satisfying is eating snacks that you've made yourself...kind of brings things full circle: homemade snacks in nature = being in tune with our bodies and our surroundings. Whether you are hiking or taking a bike ride or swimming in the ocean, keep your bag stocked with a variety of snacks to make the experience even more refreshing.

Here are 7 fresh, not-so-ordinary hiking snack recipes to keep you energized on the trail:

Carrots tossed in olive oil and salt turn into crispy, colorful snacks after being baked in the oven. Fill a resealable plastic container for a salty treat.

Carrot Chips
Photo by lutzflcat
Beef Jerky
Photo by cook22
Roasted Chickpeas in white bowl with floral background
Photo by larkspur
| Credit: Larkspur
Homemade Melt-In-Your-Mouth Dark Chocolate (Paleo)
Photo by Linda(LMT)

Whole wheat bread topped with peanut butter and wrapped around a banana for a portable sandwich.

Beer Hiking
Photo by Alli


Bring these energy-boosting snacks on your next adventure.