Nourishing your hike

White MountainsSpring means opening windows, cleaning out winter from the pantry and closets, and getting outside. For some, that’s neighborhood walks, composting fall leaves to let spring tendrils shoot forth, and planting flower boxes. Others get into the woods. Whether it’s a local reservation like Blue Hills or Middlesex Fells, or the Skookumchuck Trail in the White Mountains, packing nutrient dense snacks is essential.

Check out these energy-rich dutch oven recipes for hiking, camping and backpacking. More ideas below to mix and match per your taste buds.

  • Frozen quinoa
  • Avocado (especially good in the quinoa)
  • Pro Meal Bars, Perfect Bars and other high carb granola bars (caution inulin, carrageenan and sugar alcohols like sorbitol unless a bathroom nearby)
  • Gorp (trail mix)
  • Nuts like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts
  • Cereals (+ spoon) in Zip-loc bags – use the bag like a bowl
  • Bananas and other lower FODMAP foods, like berries
  • Hummus and white bean dip
  • Cottage cheese, string cheese, Babybel cheese
  • Peanut or almond butters
  • Bagels, bread, English muffins
  • Chocolate (good, expensive chocolate is best)
  • Oatmeal or muesli with dried fruit and high-quality yogurt
  • Jerky, beef or vegan 


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