Fuel for Outdoor Adventures

This guest post is authored by Melissa Daruna of Get Outdoors Colorado

Getting outside is undoubtedly good for your health. From hiking to biking, being active in the outdoors can keep you fit and in shape. Choosing the right fuel for outdoor adventures will help your body stay nourished and keep your energy level up.  Here are some great foods to keep in mind when you hit the trails.
Nuts– Nuts are a great food to eat before you step out the door and also to take with you.  They are easy to pack and provide a great, natural boost of energy. Some nuts, such as walnuts, even have extra benefits like fighting inflammation.  Peanut butter and jelly or honey sandwiches are a great option for a mid-hike lunch.  
Fruit– Fresh fruit is a great sweet treat on the trail but not all fruit travels well. Small apples and clementines fit nicely in a pack and are a hit with kids. When fresh fruit becomes too hard to take with you, try dried fruits or fruit leather. Be sure to check labels to avoid excess sugar or flavorings.
Oats– For day trips or short outdoor activities, eating oatmeal before you go can keep you satisfied and give you tons of energy.  If you’re looking for meals to take while camping, oatmeal is a great breakfast option as it packs easily and can be made simply. For options with less sugar than instant, flavored packs, try adding honey, agave nectar, fresh or dried fruit to plain instant oatmeal.
Cheeseand Jerky – For a solid dose of protein, try some low sodium beef jerky and hard cheese. Many hard cheeses are safe to consume even if they haven’t been refrigerated all day. Try string cheese or Babybels for something easy to pack. Other types like sharp cheddar or gouda cheeses are also great options.

Trail Mix – While there are tons of great store bought options for trail mix, you can control the amount of sugar and fillers in your fuel by making your own. This is also a great activity to do with the kids before camping or hiking that keeps them engaged and excited about the adventure. Just remember, choose ingredients like those listed above to provide your body the energy it needs to keep moving!