When packing good food for your outdoor activities there are several items you should consider. Weight, nutrition profile and preparation all things you should think about before departing on a camping trip or long-distance hike. The whole team at Simply Native Foods engage in outdoor recreation and crafted this guide to help you stay healthy, happy and energized on your next outdoor adventure.
Type of Food for Outdoor Adventures
- Whole Grain Cereals - You had to know this was coming! At Simply Native Foods we developed our Wild Rice Breakfast Cereal with the outdoor enthusiast in mind. Our healthy cereal is gluten-free, GMO-free, vegan and soy-free. It’s carefully crafted with superfood ingredients indigenous to North America. If you don't have access to hot water you can cook Simply Native Cereal in the pouch overnight (similar to instant-oats).
- Trail Mix - A class on the hiking trail. It’s easy to make your own at home with nuts, fruit, chocolate chips and whatever else you have on hand. Hot tip: you can eat Simply Native Wild Rice Cereal raw (no prep needed!). Give it a shot the next time you adventure out into the wilderness.
- Nut Butters - Another classic on outdoor adventures. High fat and protein content will help power you through any outdoor activity. Nut butters can be mixed with fruit, veggies, Simply Native rice and bread.
- Dried Fruits - Cranberries, blueberries, bananas and coconut strips are my personal favorites. I’ll regularly swing by a Whole Foods or Trade Joe’s prior to an outdoor adventure.
- Energy Bars - A great trail snack and easy to pack in bulk. Make sure you check the ingredients and watch for excessive sugar. Simply Native is developing a healthy energy bar made from local native ingredients. Stay tuned!
5 Tips for Eating Healthy Food While Adventuring Outdoors
You can eat health while hiking the Appalachian trail or camping in the Pacific Crest. At Simply Native we are big believers in clean local food for your outdoor adventures. That said, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind.
- Seek natural sweeteners - Avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup or any other unnatural additives.
- Stay hydrated! - Make sure you have your hydration planned out well in advance. Healthy camping food often starts out dehydrated and requires water for prep. Agood rule of thumb is to plan for about 2 cups of water for every hour of hiking.
- 5:1 Carb to Protein Ratio - The American College of Sports Medicine recommends high endurance athletes maintain a 5 to 1 carb to protein ratio following a workout. Whether you are going for a long-distance bike ride, a thru-hike, or canoeing trip this is a good rule of thumb to follow. Simply Native Wild Rice Cereal was developed with this ratio in mind.
Where to buy healthy food for outdoor adventures?
In concept you could buy your outdoor adventure food anywhere but there are pros and cons to each.
- Online Retailers (Amazon, Simply Native Foods, Thrive Market)
- Pros - Unmatched selection, great prices and customer reviews.
- Cons - Liquids are priced out (shipping) and you must plan your food days in advance. No last minute shopping.
- Big Box Stores (Walmart, Target, etc)
- Pros - Large selection and great prices. Works well for last minute shoppers.
- Cons - Healthy food is short in supply. These big box stores sell a lot of food high in fructose corn syrup, gluten and odd preservatives.
- Gas Stations
- Pros - By far the most convenient.
- Cons - Super unhealthy and extremely limited selection. You may end up buying candied nuts and snickers bars.
Recipes for Outdoor Adventures
Simply Native specializes in outdoor food that you can eat all day. Whether you are looking for a healthy breakfast for thru-hiking or just going for a long distance bike ride we have a few recipes that you might like.