What to eat before and during your trek

Whether you are interested in an afternoon trek or a full-fledged multi-day trekking trip, packing the right food is very important. The best foods to carry are foods you can eat on the go and food that gets you pumped up for the trek.

When planning for treks, look for lightweight, filling, and nutritious snacks and meals to power you through even the most challenging trails or backpacking trips.

The best foods to take hiking are those that provide ample energy and help you feel full without weighing you down. Instead of fatty or sugary foods that can make you crash or feel lethargic, choose foods with complex carbohydrates and proteins for energy that lasts all day long.

Here are a few considerations for planning food for day hikes:

 · Focus on lasting energy!

· Enjoy something fresh!

· Keep it cool for shorter hikes!

· Stay hydrated! 

· Bring a little extra!


Before you head out on your hiking trip, start your day with a filling and healthy meal. Fueling up with carbohydrates and proteins will help. Here are a few of the best hiking foods to eat before you hit the trail:

1. Oatmeal

2. Energy bars

3. Protein shakes

4. Bananas

5. Granola


Water is always the best solution, but one has to replenish the electrolytes and salts you lose as you sweat. These are the best energy drinks available in the market:

1. Red Bull

2. Monster

3. Tzinga

4. Crunk


Pack enough food to enjoy a small snack about every two hours. By regularly supplying your body with nutrients, you can stay energized throughout your hike. 

Here are some of the best foods to eat while hiking:

1. Trail mix

2. Nuts, seeds

3. Fruits that do not require refrigeration (apples, bananas, oranges)

4. Energy bars/granola bars

5. Protein shakes.

All the mentioned foods are a great source of energy. Energy mainly comes from three places, fats, carbs, and proteins. The nutrients in these foods are well-balanced. They are a good source of carbohydrates and fiber. They also contain more protein and fat than most grains. They contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant plant compounds.

Another thing to always keep in mind is to think ahead! Following the boy scout rule, "Always leave the campground cleaner than you found it," is a way to keep yourself in check and not litter. 

At the end of a day hike, you will most likely return to your campsite or head back home, plan healthy and filling meals for dinner to replenish your body and help rebuild your muscles.



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