One of the questions that I see most in online groups (and what other hikers ask me) is what do you eat on the trail? Since I am a self-proclaimed “foodie”, plain old trail mix and tough beef jerky just doesn’t cut it for me. Plus, depending on the length and difficulty of the trail, I have learned what my body needs to get me back to the trailhead in terms of calories, carbs, and protein intake. I have also learned (the hard way) it matters what you eat and drink leading up to the hike as well. Here are a few of my favorite snacks/meals for both day hikes and backpacking trips based on taste and nutritional needs, along with what I like to eat before a hike.
*Keep in mind we all have different needs based on weight, fitness level, duration of hike etc. This is just what works for me. It has taken me lots of trial and error and some fails to learn what my body needs depending on the hike. I also am really good about my water intake days before a hike, along with while I am hiking so I start out hydrated and stay hydrated. I do carb load the night before if the hike is strenuous and take magnesium pills and/or Epsom salt baths for muscle recovery afterwards.
Morning of Hike:
1 or 2 Hard Boiled Eggs
Nii Bar http://www.niifoods.com/
Nut Butter Packets https://buddys-nut-butters.myshopify.com/
Tangerine (They’re so refreshing!)
Crave Jerky https://www.kravejerky.com/shop-krave/jerky
Salt & Pepper Macadamia Nuts https://royalhawaiianorchards.com/products/sea-salt-and-cracked-pepper-macadamias
Gouda Snack Chips http://www.snydersofhanover.com/products/wholey-cheese/smoked-gouda.html
Nii Bars http://www.niifoods.com/
Chocolate Covered Bananas https://barnana.com/products/organic-chocolate-chewy-banana-bites
Backpacking Trips (1-2 Nights):
Uncured Salami http://applegate.com/products/natural-genoa-salami
Indian Foods (Vegetarian & Vegan Options Available) www.tastybite.com
Amy’s Organic Chili and Tortillas
For longer backpacking trips (2+ Nights), I will bring dehydrated foods to lighten my pack. My favorite brand is Mountain House and my favorite meals are:
Chicken & Dumplings (although a little bit of work to make)
Beef Stew (I love the Beef Stew on White Rice)
Chicken & Mashed Potatoes (Bring a powdered gravy packet for this!)
Chili Mac w/ Beef (in a tortilla)
*Pro Tip- put that wine in a platypus! It’s so much lighter than the bottle.