Hiking is more than just a walk in the park. Depending on the length of your hike and the terrain, you stand to burn a serious number of calories. Replenishing the calories you lose can keep your energy level up and make your hike more enjoyable. Dehydrated foods are a good option for hikers who want to have enough food without weighing down their pack.
Beef jerky is a great source of protein as well as a tasty snack. It's high in lean protein and low on sugar. Beef jerky, however, is generally packed with sodium. If you're watching your sodium intake go easy. Mr. Z's premium cut beef jerky is a great option. It's available at www.amazon.com
Dried fruit is a good way to add flavor to your hike. The combination of fructose and fiber in dried fruit provides a quick boost of energy that lasts awhile. If you buy dried fruit instead of dehydrating it yourself, beware of the added sugar. Many companies add sugar to dried fruits. Check out www.berryfarm.com.
Few things are more satisfying after a long day than a nice hot meal. For longer hiking trips, dehydrated meals can come in handy. Mountain House carries a nice selection of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts that you prepare by adding hot water. Scrambled eggs or Jamaican chicken and rice can be a welcome addition to any hike. The Mountain House website is www.mountainhouse.com
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.