No matter the length of a hike, the snack and relax checkpoints are always much anticipated - especially when you packed some compelling goodies. However, finding the best hiking snacks that have the essential components needed to fuel your body and your taste buds can be somewhat challenging. Luckily, here at L’Orenta, we offer many healthy snack choices to help lift the weight off your shoulders.
The body naturally burns vitamins and carbohydrates through exercise and activity. Therefore the purpose of a snack break during hikes isn’t solely to calm your grumbling tummy. Try out these snacks to rejuvenate your body and provide it with the necessary nutrients and energy to continue your hike with ease.
Dried fruits are equally as delicious as they are packed with dietary fibers, potassium, iron, and antioxidants, including vitamins A and C. Maintaining potassium levels while hiking is especially important due to the fact that the body naturally releases potassium through sweat and urination. Bananas, apples, and pineapples are great sources of potassium and aide in the preservation of muscle function. Fruits such as raisins and apricots contain vitamin A, which works as an antioxidant serving to maintain immunity.
In addition, dried fruits contain a lot of fructose and are a great way to munch on something that acts as a good source of natural energy during times of exertion.
If you’re feeling a healthy snack a little more savory than dried fruits to hit the trail with, nuts are a great alternative. Peanuts and cashews are high in protein and act as a great source of continued energy while helping the body grow and rebuild tissue following exercise. Almonds not only have fiber and protein but also contain vitamin E and other antioxidants that help to protect cell damage. Unique from the rest, walnuts are the only nut that has alpha-Linolenic acid (ALA), a fatty acid not produced by our bodies, which helps in reducing inflammation. This can be extremely beneficial for our joints and muscles, especially after a day of backpacking.
Most trail mixes provide a combination of these to give you a wide variety of nutrients to quite literally mix it up a little. At L’Orenta, we offer an array of unique mixes to satisfy your craving whether it be sweet, salty or a little in between.
If you are searching for a combo of fruits and nuts but are interested in a change from the traditional trail mix, we’ve got you covered. Our new fruit bars are packed with pure ingredients including figs, cranberries, dates, nuts and other fruits that provide a natural source of energy. In addition to possessing the beneficial qualities of the hiking snack options mentioned above, these bars are vegan, vegetarian, non-GMO and high in fiber to assist in digestive health and promote overall well-being.
Energy bars are the perfect way to add more variety to your snack choices that contain the nutrients of both fruits and nuts. Not to mention, the bars are easy to pack, carry and literally light on your shoulders.
Here at L’Orenta, we offer a heart-happy and lightweight assortment of all the mentioned treats and more for your next checkpoint snacking desires. Be sure to check out our products before your next time hitting the trails. Happy hiking wherever you may go, but more importantly - happy snacking!