Don’t forget these kid-approved hiking snacks!
When you hit the trails, snacks are a must—especially when hiking with kids! They are a great way to keep everyone full, fueled, and motivated to keep going.
Here are some of our favourite healthy hiking snacks that the whole family will love.
Take these awesome snacks on the trails
Mix up a batch of your favourite nuts and dried fruit for a perfect best boost of energy during any type of hike. If you’re tired of the good old raisins and peanuts, create an interesting blend of almonds, apricots, coconut, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds. Toss in a handful of Smarties or M&M’s—or chocolate chips—to sweeten the mix.
If you don’t do nuts, crunchy roasted edamame make an equally delicious and protein-rich base for trail mix. They are extra delicious when paired with plump dried cranberries.
Whether you prefer beef or turkey, you will never regret tossing a pack of jerky in your day pack. Jerky is flavourful, filling, and a great source of protein. Store bough jerky can be a little high in the preservative and sodium levels, so be sure to read the label and opt for the healthiest choice.
Granola bars are a satisfying snack that are easy to pack. If you’d rather make your own, try these delicious Cherry-Date Oat Bars that are full of healthy ingredients and low in sugar. They are also gluten-free and can easily handle the addition of chocolate chips!
Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and nutrients, these little delights will keep tummies full and help boost mood and focus.
If you make them yourself, they take a little time but are well worth it once you hit the trails. You can find a variety of no-bake recipes online that suit all taste buds and dietary concerns. You could also chop your favourite Lara Bar into bite-size pieces and store in snack bags.
You can never go wrong with packing a selection of fresh fruit. But since you’re using backpacks and are out on the trail without refrigeration, opt for hardier fruits like apples and oranges. They are delicious and nutritious, plus they are easy to store in the top of your pack.
If you have room for a few small containers, grapes and blueberries also make wonderful hiking snacks. Freezing them will help them travel better, bring out their sweetness, and provide a refreshing snack when the trails are hot. Just be sure to freeze the fruit on parchment lined baking sheets, before transferring to containers.
Vegetables are filled with vitamins and nutrients that will help fuel your family on the trail. Hardy vegetables like carrots and celery make excellent hiking snacks. Cut them into sticks and pack them in Ziploc, or fabric, snack bags before tossing in your backpack.
If you like them raw, cauliflower and broccoli are also easy to travel with. Another great option is slicing your favourite bell pepper into thick strips.
This fun snack is a great source of fibre and complex carbs that is light and easy to pack. Toss a bag into the largest pack, or portion out snack bags for every hiker in your group.
Chickpeas are tasty and add plenty of nutritional value to your snacking game. You can purchase a variety of flavours, or roast up a batch yourself in 40 minutes or less.