When it comes to fueling your body not all snack foods are created equal especially for the outdoors. We put together a list of the best snacks for hiking and camping.
All the brands listed in this article are not only healthy, but they’re also packed full of crucial ingredients that fuel your body while tasting great at the same time.
Top Hiking Snacks
If you didn’t already know: fat is fuel. As one of the best forms of essential fatty acids needed for flexible muscles, soft skin and a balanced diet, F-BOMB drops the bomb on nut butter with these super-rad squeeze packs. Made for on-the-go refueling, FBOMB packs fit into small pockets so you are never short on energy. Each FBOMB pack contains what you need for life. Inside the essential fats of your favorite nuts are available in your favorite flavors and varieties! Drop an FBOMB into your pack so you never have to worry about getting stuck without sustenance. These travel-sized nut butter FBOMBS will keep you driven so you can keep smashing through your favorite terrain without slowing down. One of the best snacks that are easily packable. Average sugar content per serving: 1 g – 0 added sugars.
When you need a meal you can take on the trail, trust Greenbelly they make one of the best snacks for the outdoors. Keeping it green all the way through mealtime, you can count on the BIG nutrition of each convenient, natural Greenbelly meal to give your body what you need. Full Greenbelly meals were designed by Chris Cage who knew that whole food are the best foods for the outdoor adventurer. So, each meal, snack food, shake and to-go pack from Greenbelly meals is loaded with nutrients to keep your body working as efficiently as possible. No matter what your passion is, Greenbelly will keep you going with balanced nutrition. Average sugar content per serving: 35 g, 0 g added sugars.
This Ready-to-Drink meal shakes from Huel is thick and delicious. Not only are Huel RTD shakes loaded with nutrients including essential vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, fats, fiber and more to fuel your body, but they are also ideal when you are at the gym, on a trail or in the backcountry. Made for pre or post-workout nutrient loading, Huel meal shakes feed your body what it needs – no matter when or where you need it. Reach for a Huel shake when you are away from the kitchen and cannot get the complete food you need. Formulated for on-the-go nutrition with slow-release carbs, high-protein, and balanced micronutrients in flavors you love like chocolate, vanilla, and berry. Also available in powder form so you can make your own Huel shakes at home in the blender or with a shaker ball cup. Average sugar content per serving: 4 g
You can satisfy sweet cravings and feed your muscles essential protein with these yummy cookies. No other cookie on the market today can provide the same amount of plant-based protein and fiber in such an incredible tasting food. Every bite of Lenny’s Crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies are loaded with mouth-watering chocolate chips acting as a cheat snack and health food all at the same time. Try these filling cookies and feel great about finishing your complete snack. Average sugar content per serving: 8 g total sugar, 6 g added sugars.
There is nothing wrong about Mother Nature going Naked. In fact, that’s when she provides the best nutrients. Naked Protein Bars have nothing to hide when it comes to ingredients because they are all-natural. Naturally, the transparent ingredient list includes only the best: peanut butter, peanut flour, grass-fed whey protein, brown rice syrup, and grape juice extract. Designed so you have everything you need for sustainable energy and nothing you don’t (15 g protein, 6 g fiber per bar – and only 5 ingredients!). Average sugar content per serving: 13 g total sugar, 13 g added sugars. One of the best energy bars for cycling.
The perfect combination of sweet and salty, this jerky is unlike any other. Because you want the best beef strips – get Old Trapper. The unique recipe for the savory teriyaki jerky includes the most tender cuts of beef, marinated in apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and then smoked and seasoned with a blend of spices. Let your mouth water for these strips and pack them anywhere you go for your next wild craving. Average sugar content per serving: 4 g.
The four points are Real Food, Slow Burn, Micro Rich, and Delicious. Can your food bar do all of that? Well … Fourpoints Bar can. Your body prefers real food because it needs real nutrients to perform at peak levels. Fourpoints Bars contain a macronutrient profile all from RAW food ingredients to give you sustainable energy from slow-burning calories. Ridiculously delicious, Fourpoints Energy Bars are eaten on-the-go no matter where you are. After the first bite you will see why Fourpoints Bars are found on every chairlift, bike, board, and trail – no matter the season. For their hardcore ingredients of course! Average sugar content per serving: 20 g, 0 added sugars.
If you love bacon try these Grass-Fed Beef & Uncured Bacon Jalapeño Bars. Designed to complement the outdoors, DNX Bars are oh-so-satisfying with rich flavors that encourage your nutritious diet and active lifestyle. Unlike other types of beef jerky or food bars, DNX Bars are fortified with collagen. Did you know this type of grass-fed beef also promotes your health, skin appearance as well as joint strength? KETO compliant, Whole30 Approved, Paleo Friendly and loaded with flavor, the DNX Bar fits into your pocket to promote your best physical performance. Average sugar content per serving: 1 g sugar.
CBD FX Gummies
Inflammation is a natural process that your body is almost constantly fighting. However, CBD or Cannabidiol is a substance derived from hemp (the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana) that offers powerful anti-inflammatory effects to your entire body. Conveniently made into these tasty chews, you can pack CBD FX Gummies inside bags or even stash them inside a pocket for fast relief of aches and pains in your body. This potent formula is ideal for runners and other outdoor sports enthusiasts who need a natural recovery formula alternative. CBD FX Gummies include turmeric and spirulina – two superfoods for fighting inflammation. Other CBD edibles are available including chocolates, shakes and much more. Average sugar content per serving: 4 g.
What you can find directly from nature is the best possible source of nutrients for your body. Because your body is naturally in-step with the seasons, produce that is ripe and ready for eating is ideal for staying in tune with your ability to stay healthy. One of the best places to find locally sourced organic produce is, of course, a local farmer’s market, but if you cannot find one, a grocery store with seasonal items will be enough. Remember to get creative with whatever was recently harvested and use the foods in salads, smoothies, juices and more! Average sugar content per serving: it varies however, vegetables will have less sugar than fruits.
Nothing compares to the energy and feeling you get from eating grass-fed beef or all-natural turkey meat. So when we got the chance to test out a bunch of mouth-watering energy food aka Beef Jerky from Country Archer based in San Bernardino, California we were super stoked. The brands Honey Mustard Jerky is “mouth-watering goodness packed full of protein, you can’t just eat one piece.” So if this jerky is soo good how come it’s not on your radar, yet? Well, these guys have been making homemade beef jerky since 1977, and for a while, mostly just sold on the side of the road at those Beef Jerky stands you see from time to time. Well, the secrets out now, and with 8 flavors (6 beef and 2 turkey) to chose from Country Archer will soon become one of your favorite jerky snacks.
A Peanut Butter Bar that’s “easy to digest great for nibbling on the trail” comes to use from R.e.d.d. a new up and coming brand that’s focusing on Superfood rich snack bars. Each bar is packed with 10g protein, 23 vitamins + minerals and just the right amount of natural caffeine 36mg. The company’s backstory is classic, a guy finds himself in college and has run through his allocated meal plan expenses. Instead of going hungry R.e.d.d. founder Alden Blease started to make his own energy food with nuts and seeds and such. His little concoctions soon become popular in his dorm room as the brand started to plant seeds. And it gets even better, this is what Alden had to say:
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie from Munk Pack – “A peanut butter chocolate chip cookie packed with 18 grams of plant proteins” are you noticing a trend here? All of our summer snack foods are packed with Protein and Munk offers up the most delicious snack on this list. With flavors like Double Dark Chocolate, Oatmeal Raisin Spice and more you might do a double-take to make sure you’re actually eating something healthy. And good luck only eating one of these at a time. They do have 16 grams of sugar per serving, however, the Vegan-friendly treat makes up for it in other ways no gluten, no soy, no dairy and no eggs. Munk’s backstory is like many other brands on here, the founders wanted healthy food packed with power that tastes great.
Mercury yuck, additives yuck, luckily for us some of the best-packaged tuna you can eat comes from Safe Catch Tuna which has none of the nonsense. Instead, Safe Catch Tuna offers sustainability caught tuna that’s hand packed. And not all the tuna even makes the cut, About 1 out of 3 tuna tested does not pass Safe Catch Tuna’s strict purity standards for Mercury levels. These pouches are easy to pack and make for a great snack lunch or even dinner. You might be wondering where the fishy smell went?
Who would have thought that eating like a Vegan could actually taste good? Well, GoMacro might be the first company to offer a high protein snack bar that’s not only palatable but the energy transferred from these little bars to your body is extremely noticeable. Some of my favorite flavors are, (and I hope you’re not hungry as you read this article..) is the GoMarco Everlasting Joy. This bar comes packed with organic, all-natural ingredients including Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Almond Butter, Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Pea Protein, Organic Puffed Brown Rice, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cocoa, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Almonds. – Do you see anything in the list of ingredients that’s unhealthy, or questionable for that matter? I surely don’t! Even the sugar content on a bar loaded with this much flavor is reasonable at 12 grams per serving. I liked 10 out of the 11 flavors of these bars. The only one that didn’t sit well with my taste buds was the sunflower butter. Do yourself a favor and go find these bars at your local health food store, if they don’t carry them well simply ask them too. Your mind, body, and community will surely thank you for going macro.. *These bars are a little on the chewy side.
Now I clearly dig the bars I mentioned above, however, I am fully addicted to RX Bars and for good reason. RX Bars come loaded with 12 grams of protein per bar, and the brand’s transparency in regards to ingredients is something to take note of. My favorite bar in the RX Bar line of 6 bars is the Mint Chocolate Chip. The ingredients are as follows: Dates, Egg Whites, Almonds, Cashews, Cacao, Peppermint Oil, Sea Salt. But what sets this company apart from any others I have seen is they mention on the front of the packaging just how many of each ingredient went into the bar. Confused? Let me explain. The Mint Chocolate Chip RX Bar is made with 3 egg whites, 4 almonds, 6 cashews, 2 dates and according to the company “nobs” well we could not agree more. The days of putting random food in our bodies are long gone. So how does a bar with only limited ingredients actually taste? Well, I can say that out of everything mentioned in this article, nothing compares to the flavors found within the RX line of bars. I find myself routinely buying handfuls of these bars anytime I am at the supermarket. I am fully hooked on the flavors, ingredients and possibly the 14 grams of sugar per serving. Even with the natural sugar content, these bars can and should be included in everyone’s diet. *These bars are bit firmer than the ones listed above – pretty much the perfect consistency.
If anyone from Wyoming Gourmet Beer ends up reading this, please reach out. I would love to be sponsored by your company. Now for everyone else, this is hands down the best beef jerky you will ever try. Fresh, soft, moist, succulent I could go on for days. Without making it yourself it will be hard to find quality like this in a store. Having easily purchased over 100 bags of the Honey flavor and even peppered flavor too I have yet to find a bad batch of this beef jerky. In fact, I pick up a pack or two every time I’m at the grocery store, and for good reason. Wyoming Ranches Beef Jerky comes loaded with 10 grams of protein per serving (3.5 servings per pack), zero sugar and all the “good fats” your body wants and needs. I feel primal when I eat this beef jerky, I know that I’m getting the fuel my body and the often overlooked mind needs. The Honey flavor (my favorite) comes with the following ingredients: ANGUS BEEF, HONEY, WATER, RAW CANE SUGAR, SEA SALT, BLACK PEPPER, CELERY JUICE POWDER, DRIED GARLIC. When you can read and pronounce the ingredients and better yet actually know what these things are, well that typically = healthy, all-natural foods. The only hiccup with this beef jerky, as with most things in life you get what you pay for and this stuff ain’t cheap especially considering All Natural Angus Wyoming Ranches Beef Jerky retails at around $10 a pack for 3.5 ounces. That’s over $40lb, I am in the wrong business 🙂 I did find out though in researching this article that you can buy this beef jerky direct for $83 per case of 12 packs. So that’s the route I will be moving towards in the future. Still not cheap, but the alternatives are nothing to mess with…
I didn’t think it was possible to out due the succulent taste of the original Perky Jerky that we reviewed back in September, that’s until I received a package of the new Turkey Jerky. With fewer calories and sodium than the original Perk Jerky, yet with the same great taste jerky lovers across the country are rejoicing at the news of a new addition to the Perk Jerky line. Once you try the moist and tender Turkey Jerky it will be hard to go back to the leather stuff you find at your local gas station. Made from natural ingredients, Turkey Jerky is low fat, low carb, low cal, and high in protein. Best of all there are no preservatives, no nitrates, and no added MSG. And to top it all off Guarana is added to the meat to give you an extra pep in your step.
Decedent luxury was the first thing that came to mind when I took my first bite into a Squarebar. If I was opening a chain of luxury hotels, these are the chocolates that I would want on the pillows. However, there is more to the Squarebar then a bar of fancy chocolate. Squarebar tastes incredible and best of all they are organic!! I have no idea how they were able to blend all the natural ingredients together to perfection.
We also sampled the Cocoa Crunch and Cocoa Almond, both great flavors but our favorite hands down were the Cocoa Coconut. Now I just need to figure out where to buy these near me. Squarebar is available for purchase at specialty markets, groceries and spas across the country.
Packed with 20 grams of Protein the Builder Bars are a must-have when pushing your body to extreme limits. The instant energy is a welcome relief during times of exhaustion. The flavors available are amazing, it’s like a candy bar packed with protein and carbohydrates. My favorite Builder Bar and this was by no accident was the Chocolate Mint, as my mom supposedly lived on that flavor of ice cream while she was pregnant with me. Clif Bar absolutely dialed in the flavors but with such great taste comes a little kickback. 20 grams of sugar is a lot for a bar, the equivalent of 4 sugar cubes, no wonder I kept craving these. I found that eating half the bar was perfect for my needs, and worked wonderfully for a late-night snack.
Other great flavors we tested included Chocolate, Smore’s and one that had the office raving the Chocolate Peanut Butter. Clif Bar Builder bars are available at your local grocery stores or online.
Kind makes some outrageously good bars with various different fruit, nuts, and natural sugars. Kind makes simple upfront good quality nutrition that is tasty, not over-processed and easy to digest. One great thing about kind bars is they don’t turn to mush is they have been in the backpack for a couple of days. A great option for vegetarians and vegans, not good if you are allergic to nuts.
Honey Stinger has been a favorite of snowboarders, bikers, and hikers for years. These are the perfect snack on the chairlift, sweet and tasty, and best of all they won’t freeze and they are organic too! Honey Stinger has many great flavors to choose from. The Limeade even offers up some natural caffeine via Green Tea if you need a pick me up. Honey Stingers are gluten and dairy-free.
How do you make you epic day better? Grab a couple of Epic Bars, the Bison Bacon Cranberry is a great mix of flavors, protein, and nutrition. The Beef Habanero Cherry is very good too, a must for any outdoor adventure. Epic Bar uses quality ingredients, packs plenty of protein and makes great tasting food. I had a friend turn me on to these on the chairlift, my new favorite snack.
Chia Seeds are a superfood and aren’t just for the Chia Pet any more. Each bar contains 1000mg Omega 3 and five critical antioxidants, not only do they taste great, they are easy to share. These bars are the real deal and puck a punch.
Why is eating healthy snacks important?
As the saying goes “think outside the box” when it comes to picking the food you put in your body. United States citizens struggle with obesity, odds are if you eat these snacks, cook at home and live an active lifestyle you will never have to deal with the disease of being overweight.
Food is fuel and if you put crap into your system well odds are you’re going to get lousy results. That’s why we decided to test a bunch of summer snack foods for our Summer Snack Food Guide. When it comes to snack foods, not all food is created equal. These are the snacks we tested while hiking and camping in the mountains. The best mountain snacks for your next outdoor outing.