Food is fuel, and you need plenty of hiking food to keep up the energy to the legs and decision making, scenery enjoying brain.
A good rule of thumb in working out your hiking food is;
- High Carbohydrate
- Moderate protein
- Moderate to low fats.
- And plenty of water. (remember high sugar drinks, coffee and alcohol accelerate water loss)
Food is also a great way to keep your self motivated / bribe your self when the going gets tough of the weather challenging.
My Favourite day Hiking food
Breakfast(prepared the night before and eaten around an hour before we arrive at the track)
- 1/2 fill a plastic screw top jug with water then add;
- 2 tbsp Chia seeds, (high protein, very low GI) stir and allow to soak for 2 hours.
- Halve a mashed banana
- 2 tbsp Raw Cocoa
- Approx 70ml coconut creme
- 2 -4 tbsp plain unsweetened yoghurt(optional)
- 5-10 Almonds – pre soaked over night until soft
- 2 tbsp frozen berries or other soft fruit
- Top up with water and shake
Slurp it, it spoon it.. however you like.(I also make a dried version of this for my multi day trips with includes dried fruit – more in overnight food later)
The overnight version I put together in a small zip lock bag (using coconut milk powder. Then when its time to eat I add home dried fruit and berries and water and leave it propped in a mug over night.
Eating is simple – just cut off the corner of the bag and slurp it..
My favourite power packed lunch is a brown bread cheese sandwich with a touch of mustard,(real cheese sliced by your own hand!) wrapped in cling wrap.
The reason I like this sandwich is its “multi function;”
- On a hot day, the cheese has a habit of melting just enough to taste like a toasty, and that’s yummy.
- Kept dry and wrapped, the sandwich is virtually indestructible. A little squashed and melted its even more yummy!
- If I don’t get to eat it today.. its just as good tomorrow.
- In summer, I often take salami and add this along with salad just before eating.(keeping the “wet” ingredients separately bagged, avoids soggy sandwich syndrome)
- Perhaps something from my child hood but a nice juice apple goes down real well with a cheese sandwich!
While some people prefer chocolate,and sweets, since going sugar free I just find it to sweet (well apart from 70% dark chocolate) and prefer;
- Roasted nuts and fruit
- Dried meat (Biltong)
Water for me, but on a really cold day, ill beef that up with a brew of cocoa or my favourite licorice tea. (Hot drinks warm you from the inside out.)
What’s your favourite day hiking food?