With the weather warming up, a lot of us are looking forward to going on hikes and enjoying some time in nature. But what would a hike be without some snacks? I don’t know about you, but eating my snacks on my break is one of my main motivations to keep hiking. But finding the perfect snacks can be challenging, especially if you’re someone who follows a plant-based diet. So if you’re looking for some quick, easy, and affordable vegan snacks to bring with you on your hiking adventures, then here are some of our favorite recommendations.
Is there anything easier, quicker, and more versatile than a trail mix? You can mix any nuts, seeds, or dried fruits that you like. When making your trial mix, start with your base, which is nuts and seeds. Some of my favorite options are almonds, walnuts, cashews, or pistachios. Next, pick your favorite dried fruits. Raisins are a great option for any hiker because they are rich in fructose and iron. But you can also opt for cranberries, apricots, dried bananas, or pineapple. If you want to add even extra flavor, you can also mix in some dark chocolate chips.
Energy bars from stores can be pricey and frequently include extra chemicals. Creating your own energy bars at home saves money and gives you more control over the ingredients. Rolling oats and nut butter make a great base, and you can then add your favorite mix-ins, including chopped nuts, dried fruit, and seeds. For an added boost, you can add some vegan protein powder. Mix everything together, press it into a baking dish, and refrigerate until firm. For quick snacking on the go, cut the mixture into bars and wrap each one separately.
A tasty snack to bring along on walks and hikes is baked chickpeas. They’re simple to make at home and loaded with fiber and protein. Start by rinsing, draining, and drying a can of chickpeas with a paper towel. Add your preferred seasonings, such as cumin, smoked paprika, or garlic powder. They should be crisp after 20 to 25 minutes of roasting at 400°F. Before placing them in a container or bag with a lid, allow them to cool fully.
A fantastic way to consume your greens while on the road is with a veggie wrap. Start by spreading some hummus or avocado spread over a whole wheat or gluten-free wrap. Add your preferred vegetables, such as lettuce, spinach, cucumber, and bell peppers, after that. You can also include some protein, like roasted tofu or tempeh. To make it easier to eat as a snack, roll everything up firmly and cut it in half.
Fruit and Nut Butter
An easy snack that takes only a few minutes to prepare is fruit and nut butter. Chop up your preferred fruits, like pears, apples, or bananas. Spread some nut butter, such as almond or peanut butter, on top after that. Add some cinnamon or hemp seeds to the top for additional taste and nutrition. Pack everything in a reusable container, and it’s ready to be enjoyed on your next hike.
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