Summer is in full swing which means fun trips planned and long active days outside hiking, camping, or exploring a new city.
Staying well fueled and hydrated will guarantee you have a great time from the beginning of the day to the end.
Here are some of my go to snacks so I don't have to depend on airport food or can keep going on a long steep hike.
For traveling and sightseeing try to have protein rich foods and healthy fats on hand. These will provide sustained energy and leave you feeling satisfied longer than just a granola bar. Even better if you can pack hydrating micronutrient rich foods like fruit and veggies.
Snacks for road trips, flying, or sightseeing
Individual trail mix packets
Protein Bars: Go Macro, Zing, RX, Kind, Epic bars
Peanut butter or Almond butter packets
Protein powder packets
Tuna packets (have with crackers)
Travel friendly fruit and veggies
Sugar snap peas
Baby bell peppers
Dried mango, apricot, dates
Kale or beet chips
When hiking and backpacking, I bring a combination of simple, easy to digest carbs, protein, and healthy fats. These foods keep my energy and endurance steady, especially on longer, steeper hikes.
Hydration is key as well, so I try to make sure I’m taking in fluids throughout the hike.
Hiking fuel ideas:
Energy bars: Stinger waffles, Clif nut butter filled bars, Picky bars,
Homemade energy bites
Big Slice Kettle cooked apples
Fuel for Fire or Noka smoothie packets
Trail mix: nuts, dried fruit, chocolate
Nut butter packets
Peanut butter and honey sandwich
Having a mix of salty and sweet foods mean I don't get tired of my snacks and encourages me to stay on of my fueling.
Below is a perfect breakfast for camping, an early flight, or in the hotel room. It’s not only portable but packed with nutrient rich foods so your energy levels are high for whatever adventure you're on.
Power Packed Travel Oatmeal
What you’ll need:
Old Fashioned oatmeal
Choice of dried fruit: raisins, cranberries, cherries, blueberries, etc
Chia, Hemp, or flax seeds
Protein powder: I like Orgain, Bipro, Klean Isolate
Fruit packet: Big slice kettle cooked apples, applesauce, Noka, or Fuel the Fire
Nut butter packet: Justin's, Wild Friends
How to assemble:
Add your serving size of oatmeal, I use ½ c, to the sandwich bag. Then add 1-2 tbs of seeds, 1 scoop protein powder, and dried fruit. Fill any additional bags the same way as needed.
How to prepare:
If you’re at the airport or in a hotel get hot water from a cafe. Add the contents of the bag into a cup or bowl with the water, stir to combine and let sit for 3-5 minutes. Add the fruit packet and drizzle with nut butters.
If your hotel has a fridge you can make overnight oats. Buy single serving tetra carton of milk and mix with the oat mixture in a tupperwear. Place in the fridge and let sit overnight. Add the fruit now or when ready to serve and top with nut butter.
When camping boil water and follow the above instructions. If you don’t have water or a liquid, make overnight oats using just the fruit packets. To the oatmeal baggy or a container add 1-2 fruit packets to oatmeal and let set overnight.
Before your next trip plan ahead a little and stock up on some of these snacks. You'll be the one that has endless energy, but be prepared to share so friends and family can keep up with you.