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Healthy Snacks for Campers and Hikers

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Your camping menu doesn't have to consist of hot dogs, hamburgers, and bags of chips. With a little planning, you can easily make your camping trip healthier. Try the eight healthy foods below.You can toss many of these items in your backpack for a hike.

  1. Dried fruit – High in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, dried fruit is a delicious snack. Mix papayas, bananas, and pineapples for a variety of flavor. This snack is perfect for your campsite or for a day of hiking.
  2. Nuts and seeds –  A great portable snack, nuts and seeds offer healthy fats, fiber, and phytoserols, which help lower cholesterol. Mix and match nuts and seeds with dried fruits. One tasty combination: pepitas and sunflower seeds.
  3. Tuna or salmon sandwiches – Pack whole grain pitas, tuna or salmon in a pouch, spinach, and tomatoes in a cooler to make a healthy alternative to deli meat and cheese sandwiches.
  4. Meal bars – An ideal camping and hiking food, meal bars are portable and non-perishable. Try meal bars from Lara, Zing, Clif, and KIND, which are made from healthy ingredients and high in fiber.
  5. Popcorn – A must-have for any campsite, stock up on popcorn, but instead of the Jiffy Pop brand, buy a popcorn popper (we like the Texsport Non-Stick Popcorn Popper). With vegetable oil, salt, and fresh kernels, you can make this delicious, high-fiber, low-fat snack.
  6. Canned beans – This camping staple is easy to cook, and it tastes great with meat or rice. High in vitamins and fiber, beans will help you feel and stay full.
  7. Tortillas (corn, wheat, rice) – Put tortillas in a pan with cheese for quesadillas or add some turkey for lean protein and top with fresh veggies. For an easy breakfast option, fill your tortilla with your favorite nut butter (peanut, cashew, almond) and jelly or banana slices.
  8. Taco in a bag – If you're planning a hike, cook taco meat at your campsite and put it in a plastic baggie. In a separate bag, mix chopped lettuce, cheese, and crushed taco shells. When you're ready to eat, pour the meat into the bag, grab a spoon, and enjoy.

Tags: Food, Outdoor Recreation, Health