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What Are the Best Foods to Take on Your Outdoor Adventure?

Hiking at Mt. Tamalpais (Sept. 4, 2010)
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Know how to pick the best foods for hiking, hunting, or fishing with these simple tips to help fuel your next adventure.

When going hiking, or any outdoor venture, it’s important to know how to maximize the amount of calories per ounce of weight so you don’t run out of energy to keep you going.

Chia Seeds

Plenty of endurance athletes turn to chia seeds when they want to go the extra mile and there’s a good reason for that. These seeds are packed with omega-3s, antioxidants and calcium and will provide much needed energy to keep you going.

flickr/Health for Joy
Flickr/Health for Joy

 

Chocolate

For all you chocolate lovers out there, you’ll be happy to know that chocolate is a great source of energy and is the perfect guilty treat to take on your adventures.

Packed full of protein and carbs, which your body requires, it also tastes yummy and will keep energy crashes at bay.

Plus it weighs very little, making it the ideal hiking snack companion. When choosing your chocolate, pick the dark chocolate so that you can maximize the heart-boosting antioxidants and flavonols.

flickr/Peter Pearson
Flickr/Peter Pearson

 

Peanut Butter

It would be a crime if peanut butter wasn’t included in the list, but because it has such a bad reputation due to its high saturated fat content not many people will take it with them while in the woods.

That, however, shouldn’t stop you as there is a high amount of protein in peanut butter, making it a good source of energy, and you’ll be burning off what you eat in no time.

flickr/Anna
Flickr/Anna

 

Salami

For the meat eaters, salami is a calorie-dense food that is rich in fat and protein and is an ideal food source for some much-needed energy.

flickr/Alpha
Flickr/Alpha

 

Quinoa

This is quite possibly the world’s best grain, and has actually been declared as such by the United Nations when it affirmed that 2013 was the “International Year of Quinoa.”

Full of dietary fiber, protein and calcium, quinoa will keep you feeling full for longer, providing you with the necessary energy to make it to the next grueling summit.

flickr/Ula Nice
Flickr/Ula Nice

 

Nuts

These bad boys are high in calories and fat, making them perfect for hiking, hunting, or fishing.

As you will be burning a lot of calories it makes sense to pack food that will provide you with the right fuel that you need to keep you going and eating a handful of nuts will certainly do that.

flickr/Christian Senger
Flickr/Christian Senger

 

Hydration

Of course, it’s also important to stay hydrated during your outdoor adventure, but don’t simply stick with water or tea. Electrolyte mixes and hot chocolate will add calories and will make the perfect additions to your food.

Get out there and enjoy the wild! But stay energized throughout the day with these snack suggestions so you don’t crash.

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What Are the Best Foods to Take on Your Outdoor Adventure?