Calories with Crunch
When engaged in hiking or any other sustained strenuous activity you need to be able to give yourself a quick calorie and blood sugar boost without taking a break to prepare a full meal or elaborate snack. Many people use various energy bars or gu for this purpose. But if you, like me, dislike eating food with ingredients that you can neither pronounce nor spell the choices are limited.
I also really like crunch for my snack. For years I have been eating peanut bars for this quick boost. (Planters makes the Planters Peanut Bar, and Mars makes the Munch bar. Munch is somewhat harder to find but has a nice buttery taste.) They have a nice balance of sugar for a quick jolt and fat for some sustained energy, also 6 grams of protein for those who care. The bars have approximately 220 to 230 calories (130 are fat calories) and sometimes I only need half a bar. I often find the half-eaten sticky remains days or weeks later. Of course you have to like peanuts and not be hiking with someone who is allergic to peanuts.
Peanut -Free Hiking Snacks
My newest discovery are Loucks Sezme Sesame Snaps (available in quantity at Amazon). First off they are really yummy: they have a nice sweet crunch and a mild sesame taste that I think will appeal even to those who dislike nuts. The Sesame Snaps come packaged in cellophane as a stack of four thin rectangular wafers. So it is easy to share them, or to eat only half of a pack at a time.
The nutrition breakdown of the Sesame Snaps is very similar to that of the peanut bars: 230 calories, 130 fat; 7 grams protein; and as a nice surprise 7 grams fiber. These Loucks Sesame Snaps are my new favorite hiking (and non-hiking) snack.
This is a guest post by Captain Mouse, a writer, foodie and hiker, based near Boston, Massachusetts. The author purchased this product with their own funds and then ate it.