by Diane Spicer
Day hike nutrition tips are important for feeling your best, no matter what the trail throws at you.
Hiking For Her knows a thing or two about biochemistry, nutrition and what travels well in a backpack.
But long scientific explanations are boring.
And all of those long names of biomolecules when all you want to do is hike?
Hikers like you want practical, easy to remember nutrition tips.
So here they are, in alphabetical order.
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In your day hike lunch sack, be sure to include crunchy, savory, satisfying foods like these!
Notice what we're doing here?
The alphabet is a great way to organize these day hike nutrition tips, and make no mistake, these B's are the best!
Make full use of the nutritional might of bananas, blueberries, bison (buffalo) jerky and nut butters for all of these great reasons:
Don't overlook unusual and enticing nut butters in your day hike repertoire!
Nuts are powerhouses of trace minerals like copper and zinc, and provide lots of nutrition for hard working muscles.
Nothing satisfies more than healthy fats, and the right kinds of delicious chocolate, cashews and coconut will keep you satisfied as well as fueled up for your hike.
And if you're clever (I have full confidence in you), why not combine all four of these day hike nutrition tips into one great trail mix?
Don't eat the same old, same old on every day hike.
Leave the soggy cheese sandwiches behind.
Dare to dream of different Dee-licious snacks!
It's time to loop in the overnighters and long trail hikers!
Dayhikers AND backpackers can benefit from including all of these food suggestions in their trail menus.
Eating for energy and recovery after a long day on the trail means focusing on great sources of electrolytes and protein.
Fiddle around with some new food to jazz up your trail food menus.
Munch some granola as you sip a mug of green tea, and keep an eye on the pot of spicy garbanzos you're going to enjoy for dinner.
Sweet and spicy, zingy and filling - don't overlook packing these foods on your next hiking trip.
Okay, we're having way too much fun here!
But sometimes it feels good to be silly and serious simultaneously, doesn't it? (and we haven't even gotten to the S's yet!)
Keep your eye on this page for more ABCs of hiking nutrition tips as we work our way through the alphabet of options for your lunch sack and backpacking menus.
And I hope to surprise you with some unusual options that you'd love to try on your next hike.
Day Hike Nutrition Tips
About the author
Diane is the founder of Hiking For Her.
She's been on a hiking trail somewhere in the world for 5+ decades & loves to share her best hiking tips right here.
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