Just because you are not on a multi-day backpacking expedition, doesn't mean you should skimp on your nutrition. Having plenty of snacks will help keep your energy levels up throughout the day, and if you have kids, they can be great motivators to keep them out on the trail. These are all things that are easy to keep on hand so you can be ready for a spur of the moment outdoor adventure:
- GORP (Good Ole' Raisins and Peanuts) - another name for "trail mix". You can buy it pre-made or throw some together yourself. Usually featuring peanuts, raisins, and M&Ms, but feel free to throw in whatever sounds good to you (a good ratio of protein and fat to carbohydrates is key...so nuts, dried fruit, and chocolate are a good combo). Keep a bin of it in your cabinet and throw a handful in a baggie for a quick on-the-go snack.
- Frozen greek yogurt tubes - I know, a little non-conventional but if you buy those tubes of yogurt that kids love and freeze them, they will stay frozen and cold for a bit on your adventure. Just eat them earlier on. Good for adults and kids and gives your body the sugar/fat/protein it needs.
- Cheese/Cheese Sticks - for whatever reason, a cheese stick tastes better to our 5 year old than a slice of the same type of cheese, taken right off the block. Whatever works for your family, cheese is a good source of sustainable energy.
- Peanut butter and Jelly Sandwiches - if you are allergic to peanuts, sub in your favorite nut butter, but there is nothing quite like a PB&J when you are working hard.
- Bagels - bagels with peanut butter, bagels with cream cheese, bagels with slices of cheddar...bagels freeze well so buy a few sleeves and keep them in the freezer. If you decide to head out for a day trip, just grab them and hit the road!
- Fruit - bananas, apples, grapes, oranges...you still need your fiber and they can give you a quick boost of sugar when things are getting a little fuzzy. If you are worried about them bruising, wrap them up in some of your extra layers or a towel to keep them safe.
- Dried Fruit - our girls love apricots, dates are good for you as well.
- Granola Bars - of course!
Please don't forget to bring more than enough water! Camel back hydration packs are a beautiful thing, bike water bottles make it easy to take quick sips as you are going...and if you've made it this far, here is your little nugget of gold. Screw a bike bottle top onto your wide-mouth Nalgene bottle...viola! Instant larger easy to drink from bike bottle. You're welcome.