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Our Top 5 Snacks for the Trail

Deciding how to fuel your outdoor adventures can be fun… but also hard! Do you want lightweight snacks for backpacking? Or do you want healthy camping snacks? Is it okay if it needs to be kept cold or should it be shelf-stable? Is your top priority to find sustainable snacks? 

There’s just so much to take into consideration!

Well, we’ve brainstormed and now offer you our Top 5 Packable Snacks. And instead of just tossing them in your direction we decided to break down what exactly made us choose them.

DIY Puree Pouches

This one is especially applicable for all you caretakers of young children! What kid doesn’t want to enjoy an applesauce pouch or yogurt tube as they toddle along a forest trail? While it’s great that you bring a bag to collect your waste as you go – you DO do that, right? – what’s even better is eliminating that single-use plastic from your life altogether! And, what’s even better is that, in this case, what’s good for the planet is good for your bank account too! So go grab some reusable pouches (they’re everywhere… seriously, just do an online search) and fill them as you see fit!.

For the more mature pallets, you can fill them with a green smoothie, overnight oats, or chia pudding. These are so versatile!

DIY Puree Pouches made it onto our list for being 

  • Zero Waste
  • Highly Adaptable
  • Healthy

Homemade Date Bars

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, we all know that classic date bar brand that boasts no additives and simple, no-nonsense energy. We do love grabbing one from the box now and then, but we also love making our own at home. Once we found out how simple it is to make these ourselves, we really never looked back!

It helps our bottom line and saves the packaging for when we really need it. 

It lets us play with the ingredients to hone in on our own preferences. 

It gets us working with our hands and connecting to our food. 

Homemade Date Bars made it onto our list for being 

  • Easy
  • No-Mess
  • Planet-friendly

Freeze Dried Fruits

It’s a real treat to enjoy fruit on a long backpacking trip. After all, when you’re carrying everything on your back, an extra pound makes a big difference.

Enter freeze-dried fruits. They’re incredibly lightweight AND incredibly tasty. It’s almost like eating candy, but you don’t have to worry about any extra sugar!

The best brands preserve all the natural flavors without any additives, use compostable packaging, and combat food waste by saving fruit destined for the landfill. That’s what we call a Win – Win – Win!

Freeze Dried Fruits made it onto our list for being

  • Tasty
  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally conscious

Jerky of All Kinds

The jerky industry has undergone a monumental evolution over the past decade. It’s had to adjust to appeal to more than the average gas station customer. Now the market is ticking all the boxes and being consumed by all types of beautiful souls. 

Whether you are a turkey jerky lover or prefer to go straight for the red meat, there’s something for everyone. And with the recent push for minimizing sugars and chemical additives, jerky has become a truly healthful source of shelf-stable protein. 

Where there are options, we love to support minority-founded companies. So if you’re looking for a protein-rich snack for an upcoming adventure, try some award-winning beef jerky or Asian fusion-style jerky.

Jerky makes it onto our list for being

  • Protein-rich
  • Shelf-stable
  • Easy to access

Fresh Fruit

Last, but not least, you can’t go wrong with simply bringing some fresh fruit and vegetables. The possibilities are endless and combinations inexhaustible. Plus, you can support your local gardens, orchards, and Farmer’s Markets by purchasing straight from the producer!

The important thing to remember is to utilize ‘Leave No Trace’, even when it comes to ‘biodegradable’ food waste. Yes, that organic banana peel is ‘natural’. But it’s NOT native and leaving food traces teaches wildlife that humans bring sweet treats! So, even if it’s just an apple core, stick it in your waste bag and bring it home to compost instead.

Fresh fruit makes it onto our list for being 

  • Cheap
  • Easy
  • Healthy.

What are some of your favorite snacks to power your outdoor adventures?

Let us know in the comment section!

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