11 Hiking Snacks to Pack on Your Next Hike
When it comes to hiking snacks, there are a lot of possibilities!
If you’ve ever wondered what snacks to take hiking, or you’re bored with your current hiking snacks, read on for some fresh ideas!
These hiking snacks will hold up in your backpack as you hike, and they taste delicious!
11 EASY HIKING SNACKS
1. Peanut Butter Pretzels
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than a spoonful of peanut butter, someone thought to put a crunch salty pretzel around it!
Peanut butter pretzels are SO good. They make a great trail snack because they’re crunchy, salty, and full of fat to keep you full for hours!
2. Trail Mix
No hiking snack list would be complete without trail mix, right?
You can simply buy trail mix from the grocery store, or make your own!
I love to hit the bulk section of the grocery store and pick out my favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruits to make my own unique trail mix.
3. Tuna Packets with Crackers
I love the tuna packets by Safe Catch. They come in so many flavors, you can eat them right out of the packet, and the quality is fantastic.
I even take them on my backpacking trips.
For hiking, I love to pack the tuna and a bunch of cheddar crackers. When you stop to take a break, you can use the crackers to scoop out the tuna. SO. GOOD.
This hiking snack idea is high in protein and low in sugar.
4. Apple and Peanut Butter
Always a classic combo.
Although an apple is bulkier and heavier than some of the other hiking snacks on this list, it can be so refreshing to bite into a nice juicy apple on the trails.
Especially on hot hikes.
They go great with some peanut butter or almond butter. My favorite nut butters are these RX Nut Butter packets which have a little extra protein from egg whites.
5. Olive Packets
I first discovered these individual serving olive packets at Trader Joes and soon realized they needed to come with me on some hikes!
Olives are salty and fatty, and I love it! They’re a really nice balance to some of the sweeter hiking snacks on this list.
If you don’t have a Trader Joes nearby, you can try these olive packets from Amazon.
6. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is great for when you need a quick boost in energy.
I like to go to the bulk section of the grocery store and pick out a variety of dried fruit for a hike.
My favorites are dried mangos, dried figs, and dried apricots.
7. Medjool Dates and Almond Butter
This is natures candy right here!
Medjool dates are sweet and chewy with a caramel-like flavor.
Bring them along with a packet of almond butter or peanut butter and you’ve got a perfect hiking snack.
It’s sort of like peanut butter and jelly without the bread.
8. Granola and/or Granola Bars
I love to make homemade granola and granola bars for my hikes.
It’s so much fun for me to try new recipes, experiment with new flavors, and be able to choose ingredients that I know will nourish me as I hike.
If you don’t want to deal with making your own, there are plenty of great granolas and granola bars at the grocery stores nowadays, so try a few out!
Here are a few great recipes from around the web:
Chewy Coconut Cashew Granola Bars by Ambitious Kitchen
Banana Bread Granola by Minimalist Baker
Almond Chocolate Chip Granola Bars by Cookie and Kate
9. Beef Jerky
Beef jerky is one of my favorite hiking snacks.
It’s a bit expensive, so I try and save it only for hiking because I can easily eat the entire bag in one sitting.
Beef jerky makes a great hiking snack because it’s high in protein. It’s a really nice change of pace from some of the more sugary hiking snacks.
You have to give yourself some variety out on the trails!
10. Mixed Nuts or Candied Nuts
When you’re out hiking all day, you want to make sure you’re consuming enough calories so you have energy for the hike.
Nuts make a great hiking snack because they’re high in calories for their weight and size.
If you want to take things to the next level, pack some candied nuts - they’re so addicting!
You can usually buy them in the bulk section of the grocery store.
If you want to dial back the sugar, try mixing some candied nuts with raw nuts.
11. Homemade Energy Bites
The last hiking snack idea on this list is homemade energy bites.
There are endless ways you can them change up. Below are a few energy bite recipes from around the web for you to try:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Balls by Running to the Kitchen
Salted Date Brownie Energy Bites by Ambitious Kitchen
Mango Energy Bites by Minimalist Baker
ENJOY THESE EASY HIKING SNACKS ON YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE!
Have you ever heard the saying - “everything tastes better outdoors”?
I think it’s true!
Get creative with your hiking snacks and pack some good nourishing food that will keep you energized for a day of exploring.
PRO TIP: Always make sure you pack more food than you think you’re going to need. That’s one of the 10 essentials for day hiking.
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See you out there,
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