Who loves some summer hiking and camping trips? I remember when I was younger, I wasn’t that much into hiking. My parents were the ones trying to get me excited for hiking. Fast forward about ten years, now I LOVE hiking! And now I’m the one who needs to encourage my parents to go hiking. Hiking is such a wonderful activity to do with family and friends. It’s a fun workout as well as a nice stress reliever. Hiking is also a great way to nurture a child’s love for nature and get them connected to the great outdoors. Not to mention, you can come across some of the most breathtaking and spectacular views while hiking.
Of course, you and your hiking squad will need some yummy fuel to power you up those mountains! Remember that younger kids may need to rest and refuel with food and water much more frequently than us adults. You may already know some signs of hunger, such as grumpiness or a slowing pace. Food is energy! That’s why we created and put together some healthy and tasty snacks that are easy to bring along on your hiking and camping adventures. We know that you and your kids will love them! We also linked some of our favorite snack brands that are “Kidzshake-approved.” Enjoy!
STRAWBERRY KIDZSHAKE BANANA OAT COOKIES
- 2 medium bananas
- Cup old fashioned rolled oats
- Tbsp chia seeds
- 4 scoops strawberry kidzshake
Combine everything in a bowl and bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes.
CHOCOLATE KIDZSHAKE PLUS ENERGY BITES
- Cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ¼ cup nut/seed butter of choice
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 scoops chocolate kidzshake PLUS
Combine everything in a bowl (mixture should be a bit sticky; refrigerate for 20-30 minutes). Roll into balls and store in fridge.
DIY TRAIL MIX
dried fruit, such as raisins, apricots, mango (make sure there’s no sugar added!); freeze dried fruit (we love freeze dried strawberries!); nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc); dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs; coconut flakes; dried mulberries; dates; banana chips
It’s fun to put ingredients in muffin tins. That way, everyone can see all of their options. You can put your trail mix in plastic ziploc bags, but we also love these reusable snack bags! Also, if you are hiking on a hot day, be careful with any chocolate chips! Plan on keeping your bags of trail mix in a cooler then.
BUTTERFLY SNACK PACK
These creative butterfly snack packs are so cute and just perfect for hiking trips–perhaps you will spot some butterflies out on the trails!
- Snack size ziplock bags
- Pipe cleaners
- Googly eyes, glue, paint (Optional; depends how fancy you want to get!)
- Snacks (grapes, nuts/seeds, carrots, apple slices, granola, trail mix, etc)
For each bag, decorate one side of a clothespin. Put your snack in–we liked filling each half with something different. Seal the bag, cinch the middle with your fingers, and clip it with the clothespin. Then, curl the tips of a 6-inch length of pipe cleaner and bend the entire piece in half. Clip the pipe cleaner in the clothespin to make your lovely butterfly antennae!
Instead of quenching your thirst with drinks that can be filled with artificial ingredients and chemicals, try our Sportzpure electrolyte recovery drink! Sportzpure’s electrolytes are provided by nature, coconut water powder and Real Salt, and it is the perfect refresher during those sweaty hikes or sports practices. Furthermore, Sportzpure comes in convenient stick packs, making it great to pack in lunch boxes or hiking bags. Sportzpure is 100% GMO free, gluten free, dairy free and soy free, and it tastes amazing!
Some nutritious store-bought snacks, all gluten free and made with pure, wholesome ingredients:
Written by Gelsey Plaza