The Best Foods To Bring On A Long HikeBy Rachel Kithae - 3 min read
Going on a hike? Here are foods to take with you.
I believe we can agree that hiking is not for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. In fact, the term ‘long hike' is used relatively. Whereas Tom would consider a 3-hour trek as ‘long,’ Harry is perfectly fine trekking the mountains and hills for a 7-day warm-up exercise. As debatable as the fact of which duration is long, the undebatable reality is that both Tom and Harry will need to eat.
Usually, hiking is a rigorous sport that pushes both the physical and mental capacities of an individual. Therefore, it is crucial for every hiker to seriously think through their meal plans over the course of the hike. This article gives you useful and innovative options for the best foods you should consider when going on your hike.
For people who have ‘scouts’ training, the first thing that comes to mind as an energy booster would be the proper, old-fashioned Glucose pack. Well, this is a brilliant idea since glucose dissolves immediately in any liquid and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. I would say it is the best pick-me-up when you feel drained and hungry on the hike.
If you are a typical sweet tooth, you will be happy to know that carrying sweets like toffees, mints, or chocolate-filled candy is accepted. In my opinion, they allow you to distract your rumbling stomach and give you an extra boost. I advise against indulging in chewing gum because it is known to cause bloating and it activates digestive enzymes. In short, it will result in you feeling hungry faster.
Carbohydrates are recognized as ‘power-packed’ dietary nutrients due to the number of calories they contain. You should consider mixed cereals with granola, oats, corn, and wheat. Other options such as bread, crackers, breakfast bars or pre-packed pancakes can also work.
Including peanut butter for bread is okay. However, it can be eaten just as an energy-boosting snack. I highly discourage carrying sweeter spread like marmalade or strawberry jam since it contains a lot of sugar which attracts nuisance insects.
Canned and dried foods
Canned and dehydrated foods are good options since they are ready-to-eat and usually require mild warming. Most canned foods will make protein-rich stews such as beans, peas, and lentils. On the other hand, dried foods are mostly meat proteins such as chicken, fish fillet, roast beef, or turkey.
Ready-to-eat Soups and sauces are also carried in cans and are very useful when hiking in cold regions or late evenings. Just because you are trekking does not mean you are bound to eat non-tantalizing food. The soups and sauces bring spice to your ‘eating in the wild' experience. You can create memorable hiking three to five-course meals.
Many hikers choose to carry noodles which are packed in bulk and easily fit into their luggage. Pre-packed noodles are popular since it is a quick meal that only requires hot water to make. You should note that canned foods can be heavy when packed in bulk so obey the golden rule of hiking; only pack what you require.
Fruits not only serve as an alternative source of water but also provide vitamins and fibres for improved digestion. Apples, oranges, and berries are easy to pack and remain fresh for long. You can also prepare a vegetable-fruit salad by including cucumber, carrots, or lettuce.
For those who are not experienced hikers, you will often hear from the tour guide that snacking is good. Doing this will ensure that your body is supplied with energy to keep you going. Throw in a packet or two of cookies into your hiking bag. Cookies rich in fibers are recommended.
Feel free to carry powdered juice, milk, and cocoa. These will ensure you are hydrated with refreshing drinks during the day and hot beverages in the chilly evenings. Milk will also come in handy for anyone who may have digestive issues such as acidity. With all this, always remember that safe drinking water is a necessity when hiking. Although water is extremely essential, you should drink it in moderate sips so that you do not get bloated.
Last but not least, the best option for cooking oil would be pure olive oil since it is not only natural but also comes in handy for diverse needs that arise while on the trek. Remember to keep hydrated and covered from harsh sunlight or wind. Happy Hiking!
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