Hello blogging world, I’m back!
I’ve been having the time of my life in Colorado for the past week with my boyfriend. We spent 2 days in Denver, 2 days in Fort Collins, and 2 days in Boulder. It was absolutely incredible. My brother lived in Colorado for 5 years, so I have already been to Boulder many times and fell in love with Colorado. Going back with my boyfriend and showing him for the first time all of my favorite places and hikes, and exploring new places, was simply irreplaceable. We went to Red Rocks Amphitheater and saw one of our favorite bands, The String Cheese Incident and it was an unforgettable experience!
My birthday was July 28th, so we got to spend the day doing a 6 mile hike in the Rockies, and eating some amazing food. Colorado is known for being the healthiest state, and I cannot wait to maybe move to Ft. Collins in a year. We are seriously considering it, which is exciting! For my birthday dinner, we split an incredible dish of swordfish topped with a lemon butter, paired with some basmati rice. I also got a simple side salad and a delicious glass of champagne (duh, it was my birthday!).
One of my favorite parts of the trip was of course the “active” parts…hiking and exploring Colorado! While we were there, we did 2 different hikes, both 6 miles total. The first was Deer Mountain in the Rockies which was super steep and caught us off guard with the altitude. It was a gorgeous view from the top (seen below). The second hike we did was my absolute favorite; a hike I did with my family almost 7 years ago and distinctly remembered it and wanted to take Nathan there. It was called Brained Lake a little west of Boulder, and we hiked 3 miles up to a stunning glacier pond called Blue Lake. This hike was unreal.
Overall, it was a fabulous and much needed trip. We had a blast together and already decided we want to consider moving there ASAP! It was definitely tough to come back to Georgia with 95 degree heat…
As for the hikes we did, we were prepared and brought snacks and sandwiches with us to fuel our long adventures. We knew we’d need something to eat to keep us hiking strong, so we brought some easy snacks in our packs. It’s important to plan ahead and bring fuel so you don’t end up with low blood sugar, dizziness, fatigue, etc. You gotta eat to venture and explore!
What’s the best type of food to bring on a long hike?
- Nothing that will go bad after 1.5-2 hours (no dairy, cheese, chicken salad, etc)
- Preferably snacks or foods that have both carbs + protein to help keep you satisfied and fueled
- Snacks that won’t be terrible if they get too squished in your backpack 😉
- Simple foods like nuts, dried fruit, protein bars, etc due to the high protein and carb content
My favorite picks for healthy hiking snacks? ↓
1: Rawxies –
- These delicious cookies/snack bars/protein bars are a mix between a healthy dessert and a yummy fruit and nut bar. Made from only real food ingredients, they come in 6 different flavors and taste AMAZING! They are all gluten-free, raw, vegan, soy-free and DELICIOUS. Plus they come in the shape of a heart…does it get any better? (banana nut and chocolate chip cookie dough flavors are my FAVE!)
2: Banana PB Toast –
- The simplest snack you can quickly make at home and bring with you. Smear gluten free bread with fresh almond butter and peanut butter, top with banana slices, add any extra superfood toppings you like (coconut, chia seeds, goji berries, etc) and slip in a ziplock baggie to go! Simple and delicious.
3: Quest Bars (duh) –
- If you haven’t heard about quest bars yet, you might as well be living under a rock. These are my favorite snacks after working out, for a healthy dessert, or simply in between meals. They are also PERFECT to take hiking as they pack a good carb/protein combo and taste delicious. They are packed with fiber too, which fills you up for hours. They come in so many flavors, the hardest part is just choosing which one to try! My go-tos are cinnamon roll, mint chocolate, and cookies and cream. Or, you can even make your own fresher ones with SO many other flavor options like I did here.
4: Krave Jerky –
- This company makes the BEST jerky….all completely gluten-free, made from 100% lean cuts of meat, no MSG added. They are a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for: super clean, all-natural lean meats full of protein and no added crap. Their flavors are pretty amazing too; chili lime, sweet chipotle, pineapple orange, grilled sweet teriyaki just to name a few….
- I’m addicted to these. Simply put. These nut butters come in a variety of flavors, but vanilla is hands down my favorite. And the best part? These packets are easy for on-the-go and you can simply just squeeze them into your mouth to refuel! They come in the proper serving size (2 TBSP) so you know you won’t overdo it as nuts can be quite fatty in large amounts. Stash a banana or an apple in your pack too where it won’t get too squished and you have a perfect carb + protein pairing!
- This yummy snack is made with all organic ingredients; Banana, sesame seeds, coconut, goji berries, and chia seeds. Simple, powerful ingredients that are all so good for you. The carbs and fiber in the banana will keep you going and the chia seeds and sesame seeds give you a protein punch. This is such a power snack!
- Completely gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free, and contains no artificial ingredients or GMOs. A wholesome clean snack you can feel good about. These roasted chickpeas have as much fiber as a cup of broccoli and as much protein as a serving of almonds!! And they are satisfyingly crunchy, too.
- These fruit leather strips get their sugar from pure fruit; no added sweeteners whatsoever. The carbs and sugar will fuel your depleted glycogen levels and give you energy when you get tired! Yummy and easy for on-the-go. They come in cherry, strawberry, apricot, apple, raspberry, and grape flavors.