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Best Hiking Food For The Trail

Regarding the best hiking food for the trail, every hiker has the same basic question:

How to keep your energy level high during a hike is something every hiker wonders about. It's all about fuel for your hard working body - the best hiking food, and lots of it!

For female hikers, there are lots of specific questions about what to eat on a hike:

  • Am I packing the right stuff?
  • Should I eat normal portions, or is it ok to eat more?
  • How many calories per trail snack make sense for my body?
  • What are my options for dehydrated food?
  • Will eating the same hiking food day after day harm me?

And of course your selection of food can be wrapped up in all sorts of subconscious messages and beliefs that you might have picked up from family or media:

  • Will carrying a pack help me lose weight if I cut back on hiking calories?
  • What consequences will follow if I just give in to my huge trail appetite?
  • Will heavy food like nut butters and cheese make me fat?


Approaches to best hiking food

The best hiking food is so much more than just muscle fuel.

That means there are several ways to go about selecting food for your next hike.

Lots of different ways to answer that burning question, how to keep your energy level high on a hike.

Let's play around with a few of them!

You never know which one will spice up your life, right?


Nibble on this smorgasbord
of hiking food options

Approach #1: A smorgasbord/buffet of information to nibble on. If you like to dip into something, take a small bite and move on, start here.

You can choose the type of trail food that you're interested in: dayhike, overnight, or backpacking food ideas.

Or jump right into the fun stuff:

Eating the same old thing in your hiking food bag? Try some new trail snacks to shake things up and fuel your hard working body on a hike.


Nerd it

Approach #2: Nutritional Nerd

Have I got the goods for you, or what??

I have a background in human biology, meaning I've taken, and taught, lots of courses on how food molecules are broken down and used in the body.

Interested in taking a little tour with me through the wonderful land of calories (hiking energy) from carbohydrates? No need to stand in line, just click here!


Shake things up

Approach #3: Shake up your day hike food habits!

If you've been eating the same thing, hike after hike, maybe it's time to take a closer look at your options.

This is especially true if you don't have the energy and stamina you want on the trail.

And it's mandatory if you feel sick, bloated, or foggy headed during a hike! It's possible that going gluten free will free you from these issues.

Here's the pivotal question: Do you have the right mix of carbohydrates, fats and protein? Get an answer here.


Going through a change?

Approach #4: It's that time of life! What should I eat during menopause?

A woman's body changes drastically during puberty - remember that whole hormonal chaos?

And it changes drastically again during perimenopause and the subsequent years spent shutting down the female reproductive system.

  • Not sure why they call it "pause", because it won't start up again!
  • And it's quite a long pause at that!

If you're nearing the age of 45, or are between 45 and 60 years old,  these menopause hiking nutrition tips are for you!


Swallow more of this...

Approach #5: A bit radical! Examine something that most people are surprised to hear called a nutrient: hiking water.

Your hydration level is really important to your trail performance. Ignore it at your peril.

And I include every female hiker in the "endurance athlete" category, regardless of how far or how hard you do/don't hike.

Why? Because if you move, you sweat and lose water through your open mouth.

That makes water your best friend forever on the trail.

Are you returning the compliment by drinking enough water?


More tempting nibbles...

I hope you enjoy clicking around the hiking nutrition information I've put together for you.

And if you're ready to get down to business, you might want to take a look at my Fast Facts nutrition booklets.

  • They give you specific ideas, suggestions and tips for choosing the best hiking foods for your particular hiking needs.
  • Easy to digest, too :)

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