So you’re heading out on a walking or cycling holiday, or maybe just a good day trip, but you know you’ll get hungry. Now you’re trying to think of easy nutritious snacks to bring that also give you a good boost of energy. Well we’ve got you covered, here are some of our favorite things to bring with us on the trail for a quick easy to pack snack, or to get a good boost before heading out.
For a good hearty breakfast and power start to her day Heleen likes to opt for porridge or yogurt with goji berries or blueberries. I opt for a fruit and veg packed smoothie bowl blended with soya milk or yogurt, topped with more fruit, seeds and granola. A few good smoothie bowl recipes can be found here, but really you’re free to combine whatever you fancy.
From Emma we have her ‘energy bliss balls’ recipe. A mixture of dates, oats, peanut butter and desiccated coconut with a pinch of sea salt and chili, and a wee bit of coffee. Simply soak the dates to soften them, then combine all ingredients in a blender, roll into balls, refrigerate and you’re good to go! You can also leave them crunchy, and adjust the amount of dry ingredients and coffee so that they are a bit sticky but able to roll. Sarah likes these energy bites from BBC Good Food. Highly flexible, here are some other energy bliss ball recipes.
From Laura we have a UK classic, and favorite, the Kendal Mint Cake. A companion for cyclists, walkers, mountaineers, and runners since 1918, this dense energy bar is hailed as the perfect companion for everything from walks in the countryside to climbing Mount Everest (but really, the first men to summit Mt. Everest enjoyed one at the top)! Jo recommends Clif Bar Shot Bloks, energy bar in strawberry flavour. If you’d like to try your hand at making your own energy bars, why not check out these recipes from our very own Fran here.
A quick trail mix for Minna consists of nuts, dried fruit and dark chocolate. Berta enjoys chocolate covered almonds or hazelnuts. Some dried fruits other members of our team have specifically championed are figs, mango, and pineapple sticks (to suck on). Sally enjoys fresh pomegranate seeds and walnuts.
Our team in Germany doesn’t mess around when it comes to trail food, they don’t bring a snack, but rather a buffet! They’re a well prepared bunch, lots of fresh fruit and veg, and some cheeky bubbly.
Do you have some favourite snacks you like to bring on the trail? We’re always looking for new things to try when we hit the road, let us know your favorites in the comments, you’re recipe might end up on our next blog about food.