Spring is officially here, so we have the chance to enjoy the great outdoors once again!
There's no better way to experience the sights and sounds of nature than with a long, relaxing hike.
First, make sure you pack a snack with you. It's recommended that you eat one small snack every hour you hike.
Looking for some treats that taste as good as they look? Here are five great snacks for hiking that you should bring with you on your next adventure!
1. Mixed Nuts
Of all the snacks for hiking you could bring, nuts are perhaps the healthiest. Whether you love almonds, pecans, or cashews, these delicious, crunchy treats are chock-full of protein.
One cup of almonds contains 20 grams of protein, nearly half of your daily recommended amount of protein.
If you're not a fan of the texture or flavor of traditional nuts, be sure to look into flavored snack packs. From vanilla chai to mango chipotle, there's a flavor out there for every hiker.
2. Fruit Leather
A great alternative to salty, dehydrating jerky, fruit leather provides all the benefits of a piece of fruit without taking up much space.
Fruit leather is filled with vitamins and minerals and is equal to a half-serving of fruit.
If you're looking for a healthier version of what you can find in the grocery store, you can even make your own fruit leather with a fraction of the sugar contents.
3. Apple Slices
Of course, not everyone is crazy about the texture of fruit leather. For picky eaters or those who just crave a crunch, slice up an apple before you leave for your hike.
Apples are rich in vitamins, A, B1, B2, B6, and a small amount of vitamin C. Keep the skin on to get more great vitamins out of your snack.
In addition, the juice you get from biting into a fresh apple slice can be refreshing and slightly hydrating.
4. Granola Clusters
Truth be told, granola gets a bad rap. It's often classified as the "boring" snack or something that only health nuts eat.
On the contrary, granola clusters can be quite tasty.
Take some granola and throw in a few pieces of dried fruit like raisins. Add a bit of yogurt, and then roll into a ball and freeze.
They're tasty, rich in protein, and the yogurt introduces healthy gut bacteria to the equation.
5. Freeze Dried Edamame
Everyone loves a good bag of chips every now and then. But between the salt content and the high caloric density, chips aren't great snacks for hiking.
Instead, pick up a protein-rich bag of freeze-dried edamame.
These tiny, salty bits of soy provide all of the crunchy goodness of a potato chip without the guilt.
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