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5 Powerful, Portable, Protein-Packed Snacks for the Trail

5 Powerful, Portable, Protein-Packed Snacks for the Trail

Every good camper and hiker knows that one of the best parts of hitting the trail is all the awesome protein-packed snacks you get to tote along with you. There's nothing better than taking a break and digging into something delicious that gives you the energy and motivation to keep going. Trail snacks definitely don't have to be boring and they don't have to taste like cardboard. So, whether you're a hardcore hiker or just hitting the trails with your family, let's take a look at the five best snacks to keep with you for a lasting energy boost.

1. Trail Mix

Since we all already knew this would make the list, let's just get it out of the way first, alright? Trail mix gets its name for a reason: It's a perfect portable snack. Keep in mind that there are certain mixes out there that basically qualify as candy, but most pre-made mixes have your best interest and nutrition at heart. What's even better, though, is making your own trail mix. Hit up the bulk bins at your local grocery store and put together a healthy and protein-filled concoction that can be personalized to your tastes. Some common ingredients to consider include:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Almonds – Don't be afraid to branch out from 'traditional' peanuts!
  • Yogurt drops
  • Dried fruit
  • Peanut butter pretzels

This is a great way to get your kids involved in healthy eating. Before you leave on your camping trip, go to the store and let them each create their own special blend.

2. Tuna

Nowadays, you can buy pre-made pouches of tuna, so you don't have to worry about heavy cans or awkwardly lugging a can opener around with you. Tuna is low in fat and incredibly high in protein. The pre-made pouches also come in many different flavors, and often even include a spoon or fork for easy eating! For a few extra carbohydrates, bring along some of your favorite crackers in a plastic container – instant lunch!

3. Beef Jerky

Beef jerky is a common staple for hikers, athletes, and campers for a good reason. Not only is it delicious, but it's low in calories and high in protein. It's also extremely portable! Pre-packed jerky is available in many flavors, but it can get expensive quickly. If jerky is your favorite snack, it can be a wise investment to buy a food dehydrator and make your own. That way, you control the ingredients and can make any flavor you'd like.

4. Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Who doesn't love a classic PB&J? This is a great trail lunch/snack option for your kids, but it's also a power-packed meal for adults that will give you a boost of energy and keep you going for the next few miles. You'll get carbohydrates from the bread, a quick boost of sugar from the jam, and the power of protein from the peanut butter. It's a perfectly portable package that's for more than just school lunches. Just be sure to pack your sandwiches in a plastic container so they don't get smashed in your bag!

5. Dark Chocolate

Want an excuse to eat more chocolate? Take it with you on the trail! Not only is dark chocolate full of antioxidants, but it's the perfect food for a quick energy boost thanks to the sugar and caffeine. You don't have to worry about crashing later, either, thanks to the little bit of fat for stored energy. The best part? Just place it in an insulated bag to keep it from melting!

As you can see, trail snacks don't have to be boring, and it's okay to think outside the box. Think about some of your favorite treats, and how they might be able to benefit you on a long hike or your next camping adventure. Snacking is half the fun!

Jun 25th 2018 Stacey Blaske

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