You’ve huffed and you’ve puffed and you’ve finally made it to the top of the mountain. Now, you’re surrounded by GORGEOUS scenic views.
What could possibly make this scene better?
Delicious hiking snacks, of course!
Nothing complements a great hike better than delicious hiking snacks. In this post, you’ll find no ordinary recommendations, only snacks as epic as your next adventure.
Some quick tips for choosing hiking snacks:
- You’ll want to match your calorie intake with your level of hiking, so longer hikes = more calories.
- Take more snacks than you think you’ll need. Better to have too many than not enough.
- Don’t forget the water! Gotta stay hydrated.
- When choosing snacks for a group hiking trip, check to see if any of your friends have food allergies.
Tasty Energy Bars
Energy bars do exactly as the name says. They give your body fuel and help you stay energized on your hike.
They are higher in calories and will be a heavier snack to keep you going on the trails.
My favorite are Clif Bars. They come in all kinds of tasty flavors, such as Cool Mint Chocolate, Peanut Toffee Buzz, Dark Chocolate Almond, and even seasonal flavors like Iced Gingerbread.
When browsing this aisle at the grocery store, try the individual bars when you’re testing a flavor for the first time. Other brands to look for are Power Bars, Pure Protein Bars, and Kind Bars.
If you have a bit of prep time, another option is to make your own! You can find tons of recipes for healthy energy bars or no bake energy bites here on Pinterest.
Epic Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great hiking snack because you can add as many or as few ingredients as you want. Here are basics you can start with to make your own epic trail mix:
- Nuts (cashews, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans)
- Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, etc)
- Dried fruits or fruit chips (cranberries, raisins, apricots, banana chips, dates)
- Sweets (chocolate chips, M&M’s, Reese’s, marshmallows)
The difference between regular old trail mix recipes and EPIC trail mix recipes, is adding some special extra elements. Remember, if you are serious about your hiking experiences, be serious about your trail mix!
Other fun ingredients could be: pretzels, popcorn, granola, Cheerio’s, Chex cereal, yogurt covered pretzels, Teddy Grahams (fun for all ages!), mini cookies, jerky, peanut butter pretzels, Goldfish, and so much more.
My go-to trail mix for hiking is almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, and pretzels.
Here are a few other fun combinations:
- S’mores Camping Trail Mix: Teddy Grahams, marshmallows, pretzels, and chocolate chips.
- Glamping Trail Mix: Dark chocolate M&M’s, pretzels, dried cherries, and salted almonds.
- Breakfast Trail Mix: Cheerios (or Chex), yogurt covered pretzels, cranberries, chocolate chips, and almonds.
Upleveled PB&J Sandwiches
While an ordinary PB&J sandwich could do the trick when it comes to easy hiking snacks, why stop there? We don’t want to just be ordinary do we? No!
So, instead of slapping together a typical sandwich and calling it a day, let’s be adventurous. I suggest making a PBPBHJ Sandwich, which stands for…
Peanut Butter, Pretzel, Banana, Honey, Jam Sandwich
This sandwich will take your hiking trip to the next level. If you are hiking with friends, they will surely be impressed by your expert sandwich making skills.
The below sandwich was made with cherry jam (which was delicious), but you can substitute with your favorite jam flavor.
You could also experiment with other combinations and use ingredients like Nutella, sliced strawberries, or almond butter.
*Just maybe test your creation before packing 10 sandwiches for your next group hiking trip.*
Bonus Tip: Bring A Surprise Treat
This tip is really special if you are hiking with a friend or in a group.
Bring an extra treat that you keep a secret until you make it to a stopping point in the hike (like the top of a mountain!) Then, just as the views are picturesque or the sun starts setting, you bring out your special treat and delight all your friends!
Choose a treat based on the season of your hiking excursion. For example, if it’s chilly, bring a thermos of hot chocolate. If it’s warm, bring something refreshing, like fresh fruit.
This will add a really memorable moment to share with your friends while hiking.