Are u planning a hiking or a camping trip? Want to explore the holiday season running into the wilderness of nature and make your adventurous trip a memorable one. Well if u want that trip of yours to be adventurous and memorable, you need to do all the crazy and fun activities and let me tell you, you need to be all charged up and full of energy, be it the itchy heat or spine-chilling winter, you need to know the best food on trekking to survive the extremes.
For the professionals, they know how to maintain their health and body energy levels throughout the trek terrain but for the beginners or people who are doing a hike just for once that too for fun in their holiday season they have to have that knowledge of what to eat and how to eat during trek also considering the different weather conditions to keep their energy levels right at the top.
At times it becomes very difficult to manage that hunger while trekking because your body is experiencing too much of physical exercise and you just want to satisfy the hunger and grab anything and everything not thinking about whether it is right for the body to take it at that time and in the process it might go against you keeping in mind the physical activity you are doing.
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Before the hike, firstly you have to map out where you are going. Are you going on a day hike or camping and what will be the weather conditions there? Depending on which will be your food and water requirements.
Keep hydrated – Trekking requires more from your body compare to regular physical exertion. Adequate food and water requirements are more. Make sure you are well hydrated; drink at least 4-5 liters of water per day. Not only it will keep you hydrated but it will also compensate for the loss of oxygen at high altitudes because water contains oxygen and it will also prevent muscle cramps. There is a strict “no” to caffeine and alcohol as it causes dehydration.
Keep that energy going through your body – Besides water, the body also requires a constant source of energy (well yeah, no prize for guessing that). The focus should not be done to erase hunger but rather to compensate for calorie loss. Carbohydrate-rich food is the ones to go for, specifically complex carbs are good because they break down more slowly in the body and thus providing the sustained amount of energy for a longer period of time.
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Hiking food should be easy to carry as well. You don’t want that extra burden on you while climbing your way up so bag packs that you are carrying should contain food that is lightweight and contain a good quality nutritious value. Ready to eat food items or perishable food items serve the purpose well.
Balancing the diet is also one thing that one has to make sure of. According to studies, the diet should contain 45-55% carbohydrate, 35-40% fat and 10-15% protein. Fats and protein intake should not be taken as much because they require a lot of oxygen for their breakdown and metabolism and oxygen is already a thing which u will be short of at high altitudes.
So, what are the options available –
• You can have nuts and seeds in whichever way you like it salted or roasted like peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts.
• Trail mix
• Nut-based bars, energy bars, energy chews they all can provide an instant boost of energy you want but most of it contains a high amount of sugar and sugary syrup and also increase cravings for sweets.
• Dried or freeze-dried fruits and veggies. (while choosing dry fruits and bars, search for choices that don’t have any additional sugars, as high sugar levels can work against you)
• Ready to eat cereal
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• Porridge (made with water)
• Good healthy morning breakfast which set it up for the whole day like oatmeal (just add hot water to the packet and it is ready and serves u a bowl), grits which are same as oats, powdered milk which is a great source of protein and other essential electrolytes like potassium.
• Sports drink or tabs in water provides a great source of some essential vitamins and electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, magnesium and they enhance hydration.
• On the off chance that you like to eat organic product on climbs, consider picking some fruits like an apple.
• If you are planning to cook something make sure it is cooked to the core at the right temperature and use fresh veggies to change the complete character and texture of a dish and make it more palatable.
• During your hike, plan to have a snack about every two to three hours.
• If you have a cooler, you’ll have numerous options, adding more to food storage.
• Don’t forget to take all the food safety procedures.
All set now, let’s get the job done.