With all the ideal mountain trails and health benefits it gives, it’s no surprise that more people are turning to hiking is a recreational activity in the country. Who knew sleepy towns like Antipolo and Montalban in Rizal will eventually became known for their mountains? Or provinces like Batangas and Zambales, which are often regarded for their beaches, will eventually become favorite day hike spots among hikers?
But a large part of conquering these mountains is proper preparation. You have to be physically primed to scale these tough climbs, and one way to do that is to meticulously prepare for the food you’ll be bringing on the hike.
Food can either make or break your hike. They can either lighten your load or become a burden if not planned properly. If you’re not sure what to eat during a day hike or what food to bring for hiking, then read on!
1. Banana Chips
This crunchy treat will also fuel you on a grueling climb.
In hiking, it’s better to eat small snacks intermittently than eat three heavy meals. This is so you’ll avoid feeling sleepy or sluggish during your hike. For your light and regular snack time, one food that you can bring is banana chips, which contain plenty of fiber, potassium, and iron that can help you stay energized during your hike. You can also mix it with other dried fruits or nuts for a healthier snack.
Pair your tuna with some rice or crackers for a satisfying meal during a hike.
Achieving a balanced diet is a challenge especially when you’re hiking, and often proteins are the ones we leave out. But you don’t have to bring a piece of pork or chicken just to get your required serving of protein during your hike. You just have to pack a small can of tuna for your hike.
Aside from being a great source of protein, tuna also has Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin B-12 which both help in longevity and digestion. But moderation is still necessary as canned tuna may also contain mercury, an element that can be dangerous if consumed in large amounts.
3. Trail Mix
You can buy ready-made trail mix or customize your own pack.
Trail mix is literally just a mix of various kinds of nuts, dried fruits, and sometimes chocolate, meant to be taken along during hikes. It became a popular hiking snack because it carries every nutrient you need in one convenient pack.
Nuts are a great source of proteins and fat that can help sustain your energy during hiking. Some trail mixes also contain granola, a source of much-needed carbohydrates that burns slowly in your body and will help fuel you longer. Chocolate and dried fruits are also added to give it a sweet kick and to give you more energy.
Cereals are not just for breakfast but for hiking as well.
Although cereals are known to be breakfast staples, they are also a great food choice to bring on a hike. You can forget your milk at home and just bring your cereals as it is and chow them down when you need a quick snack.
Cereals are made of whole grains and are a great source of carbohydrates that will give you your needed energy during your hike. Just make sure to select cereals that are made of whole wheat fiber to maximize its health benefits.
5. Hard-Boiled Egg
Eggs are easy to prepare but make sure you eat them ASAP.
Hard-boiled eggs are also popular snacks during hiking. They are known for their high-protein content and other important nutrients such as Vitamin A and D, Phosphorus, and Zinc, among others.
If you ever choose to bring hard-boiled eggs on your hike, do remember that they spoil much faster compared to the other items on this list, so it would be best to eat them first.
Jellies are not only hydrating but also delicious!
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Water should always be part of your hiking must-haves, but a delicious way to rehydrate during a climb is by eating jelly instead. Jellies serve as a fun snack for kids, but at the same time, they can also quench your thirst because of their water content. Aside from being hydrating agents, the sugar in jellies also serves as an energy booster that can keep you going during a long, tiring day.
7. Comfort Foods
Bring a piece of your favorite snack to make your challenging hike still fun!
After packing the necessary trail food for your hiking trip, you can also choose to bring your favorite comfort snack on your journey. It can be your favorite chocolate or candy or your preferred brand of chips, just make sure they are easy to pack and won’t get squished inside your hiking bag. Bringing comfort food along can make your journey enjoyable and can give you the necessary encouragement by indulging you for a little while during a long arduous assault.
Don’t deprive your body whenever you hike! Let us know in the comments section which of these snacks you are going to bring on your next climb.
About Patricia Marie Prado
Patricia came from the field of business and accounting but is now pursuing her dreams of being a writer. She is a self-confessed introvert and is passionate about reading, travelling, writing, movies, coffee and God. When she's not writing, she loves discovering new coffee shops/cafe and doing TV-series marathons.
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