Whether you’re heading outside for a few hours or the whole day, you’ll need to rest and refuel! All that fresh air is sure to make you hungry, so be sure to pack snacks. Check out our favourite snack ideas for your next outdoor adventure.
Trail mix, popular among hikers, is a combination of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds (see Good to know). This healthy snack is packed with energy to keep you moving! Plus, it’s easy to make at home.
Homemade muffins or energy balls
Energy balls and muffins are both convenient snack options, as they’re quick to make and require only a few basic ingredients, like whole wheat flour and fruit (fresh or dried). These good-for-you treats are also easy to store.
Here’s a nutritious option for those who prefer savoury over sweet! Legumes are packed with protein and fibre to keep you full and fuelled on long treks. A handful of roasted chickpeas provides a quick, healthy boost of energy. If you’re not a fan of chickpeas, why not try roasted edamame?
Fresh fruit or vegetables with dip
In addition to being tasty and packed with nutrients like fibre, vitamins, and minerals, fruit and vegetables can keep you hydrated and cool on hot, muggy days. Before your next outing, why not slice up some of your favourite veggies or seasonal fruit? All that’s left is to make a savoury or sweet dip!
For a more substantial snack or light meal, try a whole wheat tortilla wrap. You have a multitude of filling options to choose from: chicken, egg, or tuna salad; hummus and vegetables; natural peanut butter and fruit, and so much more! Don’t forget to bring an ice pack to keep your food cool.
If you don’t have any on hand, make your own: the day before you leave, fill a water bottle (or several) halfway and place it in the freezer. The next day, right before you head out, top up the bottle with cold water. Pack it snugly with your snacks to keep them cool! Plus, you’ll have plenty of icy water to sip on during your excursion.
Good to know
For a healthy homemade snack, combine foods high in complex carbs (e.g., vegetables, fruit, whole-grain products like whole wheat tortillas and oatmeal) with foods rich in protein (e.g., nuts, seeds, yogurt, legumes, eggs, lean meats like poultry). Fibre and protein are a dynamic duo that can sustain you for long periods!