Keeping yourself fuelled while out on an adventure is vital. Whether you are taking a leisurely countryside stroll through the hills or scrambling, mountaineering and hiking up a mountain, you are exerting energy.
Sweating and huffing is simply essential, and therefore snacks should be too!
In order to effectively refuel, you must consider what ingredients are in your snacks of choice. But more importantly, make it something you will ACTUALLY want to eat. Remix a few of these and work in some of your favourites, if you have any!
Peanut Butter & Banana (A.K.A match made in heaven)
Oh, sweet, peanut butter... the ultimate goodness snack full of protein, calories and healthy fat. Peanut butter will keep you full for longer, and it's a natural fuel. Pair this already knock out snack of deliciousness with a banana, and you're on to a winner. Bananas are potassium-rich and add a wonderful sweetness. Potassium also fights off the muscle cramps you may be prone to after a day of climbing.
Granola, possibly the most effective get-through-to-mealtime snack. Full of oats, seeds, nuts and dried fruit. Granola is full of beneficial ingredients that you need while hiking, all in a pocket size slab of slow releasing energy-dense heaven. Bonus: it will stay fresh and edible for as long as your hike is.
Fruit & Veg
Fresh fruit and vegetables are the most refreshing snack to have on a hike, especially the crunchy juicy kind. Think apples, cucumbers, carrots, oranges, and peaches. Another great thing about these specific choices? They're all at minimal risk of being squashed and damaged in your bag.
It's important to remember to get your protein in, as this will keep you full and powered-up for your climb. Common choices are mini pork pies, scotch eggs and sausages. Protein helps refuel the muscles that you've been using, and help keep your blood sugar at a healthy level.
If your exploration is longer than a day, don't think you have to cut out the protein! Beef jerky or pepperami are great options that will last more than a couple of days.
Remember to be aware of how much sodium is in your protein options, as you could end up guzzling your whole water supply if consuming too much.