3 best hiking snacks
Choose and pack the right foods that will keep your energy up on the trail
Photo by Michael Dorausch
As a trail snack, fruit offers optimal nutritional benefits and with such a wide variety of fresh options available in Canada, chances are you have a favourite. Choose fruits that are tough enough to withstand being jostled about in your backpack, says Hughes. (So no bananas—unless you’ve got a protector.) Her top choice is oranges, a durable fruit that still offers “a sweet juicy treat.”
If you’re heading out for a long day of hiking with many supplies, keep in mind the weight and size of your fruit. To pack more efficiently, slice it up beforehand. Dried fruit, which is lighter and hard to damage, is easier to pack and can be enjoyed on its own or in trail mix. Hughes still recommends choosing fresh fruit when possible because dried fruit “is very high in sugar, so portion control is key.” In addition, fresh fruit “has a higher water content and a better fibre-to-sugar ratio, so you’ll feel fuller longer without experiencing a big sugar spike.” That sustainability is key during long hikes or trips.
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