There may be times where we put hiking nutrition last on our priority list when we get ready for hiking. But in reality, this is something that you should put on first. Eating the right food and getting the proper nutrients is a big deal to stay healthy while hiking.

So What’s the Deal About This?

  • When doing such activity, your body craves for more fuel not just before hiking but also during, and after hiking. This is why you seem so hungry when doing longer hikes. Think of this thing as “refueling” your body, instead of thinking of it as getting fat. Ask yourself “Do I hike to eat?”, the answer is probably “yes!” Also, when hiking, you should check how many calories you’ve burned. This number can be used to your advantage if you’re doing hiking to lose some weight. If hiking during the cold winter is your thing (which is also knows as snowshoeing), your body needed calories more than ever to keep it warm and fueled throughout the cold. However, not all calories are created equal so you should keep that in mind.

So What Kind of Hiking Nutrition Do We Need?

  • There are two types of day hike food that we should know: The tasty, and then there’s the tasty “and” nutritious. Most hikers stick to portable foods such as jerky and bags of gorp. In fact, there are a lot of creative ways to consume proteins, carbohydrates, and fats during your hike without overdoing such.
  • Overnight Trips – if you’re going on an overnight hike, then you should be mindful of the foods you eat to get proper nutrition. See if it can add numbers to your weighing scale, check if it taste’s right, and think of ways how to prepare it properly to fully enjoy your overnight trip.
  • Backpacking Trips – If you’re going for a long haul on the trail, proper planning of what foods to eat is definitely a must. Should you make your own dehydrated food? Or purchase something from the store? Should you go organic or gluten-free? Keep in mind that you only have to bring backpacking foods that are rich in protein and healthy fats as it can help you fuel up along the way. Don’t forget to bring lots of rice with you and your daily dose of vitamin C.

Snacks Are Important

  • Not just meals, snacks are also important if you go for a hike. Snacking while on the go can keep you motivated, as well as keeping your energy levels high during your hike. You should also select snacks that are yummy and also worth the “weight”. A piece of dark chocolate is also good for you too to keep you energized on the go.

Foraging Along the Way

  • If you forgot to bring snacks along with you, foraging what mother nature can give you is your alternative choice. You’ll most likely find these nutritious foods during your hike:
  • Seeds
  • Nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Shoots
  • Roots
  • Berries

The Miracle Effects of Water

  • Did you know that water is also a nutrient? Yes, it is indeed! In fact, water is a required daily nutrient that you should drink more often. No wonder a lot of health experts say that drinking 8 or more glasses a day can keep you healthy. Without water, it’s harder for your body to do such tasks like:
  • Getting rid of waste
  • Utilize oxygen
  • Create important biomolecules for energy reproduction
  • Repair damaged structures that’s caused by hiking
  • Drinking the right amount and type of water is essential when you go for a hike on the trail. Just as how carbs, fats, and protein is essential too when it comes to food. This is why keeping yourself hydrated should be on top of your hiking priority list.

Digestion Problems on The Trail

  • Making sure you consume the best quality carbs, proteins, and fats are essential for your hiking adventure. But we have to be mindful of what we eat too so that our digestive system can cope up with everything we put into our mouths. If you start to feel chronic stomach pain, uneasiness, over farting, bloating, and weird stools, then it’s time to go gluten-free. Eat the right amount of gluten-free food and your digestive system will thank you later.