Healthy Hiking Fuel: Our top snack picks!
Living a super healthy lifestyle is very important to us—we’re the crazies that get up at 4 AM everyday to workout (the worst!) and the ones at the office always bringing a super healthy packed lunch.
Being on the go most weekends can make it challenging to stick to a healthy lifestyle, as most easy snack foods tend to be a little on the unhealthy side and it’s easy to grab fast food after a hike (we do love us an occasional post-hike pizza or burger and fries though!).
After many weekends wondering “what food should we take?” we have finally found a handful of go-to snack options for our weekend hikes, road trips, and farther away adventures.
They are all gluten free (unfortunately Kathryn has to live the GF life), and most of them are Whole30, Keto, and/or Paleo friendly as well. Even though they are all relatively healthy, they are still super delicious for any palate. 🙂
Looking for healthy hiking snack ideas? Check out our go-to healthy hiking snacks below. All of these range from $2-$5 an item, making them all relatively affordable options!
Have a favorite of your own? Let us know in the comments!
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Wild Zora is a Colorado based company that was founded when the owner struggled to find grain-free, sugar-free, MSG-free snacks for their family and decided to create their own! Wild Zora is made up of two product lines–their meat & veggie bars and Paleo Meals to Go.
Both products are made with real meat and vegetables, with many options being Whole30 and paleo-certified, as well as suitable for the AIP diet.We discovered Wild Zora and Paleo Meals to Go while researching low carb, high protein, and grain-free food options for our first backpacking trip this spring. We struggled to find options that met our strict criteria, but as soon as we came across Paleo Meals to Go we were sold.
We purchased their Summit Savory Chicken and Mountain Beef Stew flavors to fuel us through our trip. We loved the meals and shared them on Instagram Stories, which caught Wild Zora’s eye and they reached out to us to see if we’d want to try some more of their items, including their meat & veggie bars. We were STOKED and got a nice box full of treats from them shortly after (thanks Wild Zora!).
The meat & veggie bars were great healthy hiking snacks during our trip to Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks and the backpacking meals were the perfect dinners at rural Bryce Canyon. We love that the meat & veggie bars aren’t dry like traditional jerky–the texture is super soft and tender!
We’ve now tried all of the meat & veggie bar flavors (there are 7 total) and it’s so hard for us to choose a favorite. The flavors aren’t overpowering and some of the flavors taste similar due to similar ingredients, but we’d have to say that the Mediterranean Lamb is our favorite! It tastes a little bit like a meatball and is super delicious!
We found this Austin, TX based protein bar at the best grocery store to ever exist, HEB (we miss you HEB!). Oatmega bars are gluten free, contain omega-3s, whey protein, and are in our opinion the best tasting protein bars out there.
They don’t have a rubber texture or weird aftertaste like some other protein bar brands, are filled with ingredients like oats, chocolate, peanuts while still having great macronutrients (14g of protein and only 5g of sugar!). They make for a great snack or even a great dessert alternative! We have tried every flavor and love them all!
If we had to choose favorites, Kathryn’s go-tos are the Chocolate Peanut and the Chocolate Coconut flavors, while Adam loves the fruitier ones like Lemon Chia and White Chocolate Raspberry.
Where to buy: The bars can be purchased on the Oatmega website, Amazon, HEB (for our Texan followers), Whole Foods, Target, and 7-Eleven just to name a few. You can also check out their store locator to find a place that sells them near you!
These aren’t as healthy as some of the other options, but they are the perfect treat if you want a hiking “dessert” without all of the bad stuff. Despite not being as low sugar as Oatmega bars, they only have 5 ingredients (Dates, Peanuts, Pea Protein, Cocoa, Coconut Sugar, Sea Salt), which is a win in our book!
We discovered these at Trader Joe’s and have only tried the Peanut Coco flavor, but they also have an Orange Cranberry Beet flavor. The first time we had these bars we expected the peanut butter and chocolate flavors to be mixed, but when we bit into the bar, we were pleasantly surprised (we actually gasped with excitement!) to find a peanut butter filling!
They remind us of a healthier peanut butter filled brownie and are so dang tasty!
Superseedz Pumpkin Seeds
Superseedz started when the owner Kathie wanted something crunchy to put on her salads. So she created Superseedz, a no-shell, seasoned pumpkin seed company with 11 flavors. And we’re so glad she did! We love pumpkin seeds because they are higher protein, lower carb, keto friendly, gluten free, and such a great healthy salty snack alternative.
We have tried three of their flavors so far: Somewhat Spicy, Garlicky Dill, and Sea Salt. The Somewhat Spicy flavor is by far our favorite flavor–it’s very well seasoned and we have definitely started and finished a whole bag in one sitting (oops!). We cannot wait to try the other flavors though, especially their sweeter options! And we can confirm–they are also the perfect topping for salads!
Dang Coconut Chips
We love coconut everything! It reminds us of relaxing on Hawaiian beaches and driving the Road to Hana while eating coconut candy. We discovered Dang Coconut Chips one day at the store and they have become a regular item on our grocery list for our weekend adventures.
Dang Coconut Chips came to be when the owner was testing recipes for a pop-up restaurant and tried one of his mom’s recipes, which involved toasting some coconut. He was taken by the aroma and decided to start a coconut chip company and name it after his mom, Dang.
We have only tried the lightly salted flavor, which we love because there are only two ingredients and no sugar (score!). Their other flavors, which contain sugar, sound so tasty too and we can’t wait to try them!
Where to buy: We get these at Safeway, but they can also be purchased on Amazon.
Meats, Cheese, and Veggies
Last but not least, we love grabbing deli meat, cheese sticks, and veggies to take along with us. These tend to make good lunches while on the road. One of our favorites is rolling ham, turkey, and pepperoni together and dipping it guacamole cups. 🙂