The delicious beauty of hiking is finding bushes burgeoning with wild raspberries, huckleberries, blackberries and other juicy little gems. Layer them in a sandwich with your favorite nut butter and you've got the best rendition of PB&J ever made!
Wild dandelion greens are readily available along most trails, offering a low-calorie, nutrient-rich nibble. Hard-cooked eggs pack easy and are an excellent source of quality protein. Pick up a few extra mayonnaise and mustard packets at your local deli and keep them in your fridge.
Makes 3 cups
Trail mix is a perfect snack. It's a tasty balance of carbs, protein and fat, and it's easy to transport and tasty to eat. To lighten your trail mix calorie load, make your own lower-calorie combination of whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds.
Combine all ingredients in a zip-close plastic bag.
The ultimate low-calorie hiking fare is fresh fruits and vegetables. Nutrient-packed and filling, they are a refreshing change from processed ingredients condensed into an often-unpalatable nutrition bar. Fresh produce offers variety of tastes and textures that can keep you healthfully fueled no matter the distance of your trek. Pack a small container of low-fat dressing or yogurt for delicious dipping.
Vegetables: Baby carrots, celery sticks, slices of jicama, radishes, cucumber slices and lightly steamed broccoli or cauliflower will satisfy your craving for a crunch.
Fruits: Grapes, cherries, bananas, apples, clementines, apricots, plums and other stone fruit offer a burst of natural sweetness that beats candy bar sugar any day. If you're lucky, you can also nosh on wild berries along the way.
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