Humans have been walking upright for about 3.6 million years. Becoming bipedal gave the advantage of being able to track and hunt more successfully, as well as the ability to run for cover when in danger of becoming prey. In North America, it wasn’t until the late 19th century when industrialization turned long-distance walking as a necessity to get from place-to-place in the rural landscape to hiking in nature for pleasure.
Whether you’re a weekend warrior with an eye on the tallest peak in your landscape or a casual stroller of well-travelled trails, you’ll want to be ready for anything you might encounter in nature. Proper clothing and adequate footwear is essential, and a small first-aid kit is advisable. With a little more preparation, you can get a leg up on halting hunger pangs in their tracks and sustain optimal energy for the duration of your outdoor adventure.

mix some HERBS and SPICES into snacks
bulk crystallized ginger root pieces
crystallized ginger root, pieces
In addition to being an ingredient for trail mixes and bark, candied ginger is a snack food all on its own.
bulk cinnamon chips
cinnamon chips, cut & sifted
A perfect way to add spicy-sweetness and a bit of bite to on-the-go snacks.
bulk dried peppermint leaf
peppermint, cut & sifted
Delivers a load of peppermint flavor without the load of sugar in peppermint candy.
bulk goji berry
goji berry, whole
Lends a tart sweetness and a satisfying nosh factor to snack foods.
dried orange peel
dried orange peel, cut & sifted
Give your hiking snacks a burst of bright flavor and tang with dried orange peel.
bee pollen granules
bee pollen, granules
Loaded with nutrients for energy, bee pollen adds a lightly, floral flavor to snacks.

some TRAIL TREATS to try
walnut, goji & cinnamon bars
Chewy, cake-like bars are an easy-to-make and easy-to-carry snack for the trail. Bonus: Leftovers will be waiting for you when you return home.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup raw sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk (reserve the white)
2 cups coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon chopped goji berries
2 teaspoons cinnamon chips
1 teaspoon dried lemon peel, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl. Add vanilla and egg yolk; beat by hand or with a hand mixer until well combined. Stir in flour, salt, goji berries and cinnamon chips. Transfer mixture into a greased 15-by-10-by-1-inch pan; smooth out with a wooden spoon or spatula to make level. Beat the egg white slightly and brush lightly over the mixture. Sprinkle walnuts over top. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into bars or squares.

chocolate, orange & coconut bark
Chocolate and orange are excellent culinary partners. The addition of honey and coconut lend sweetness and textural interest.

8 ounces unsweetened dark chocolate (8 squares)
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 teaspoon dried orange peel, finely chopped
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt

Gently melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler. Add honey; stir to combine. Stir in coconut and orange peel. Remove from heat. Pour mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle sea salt evenly over mixture. Place pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Break into piece and store in an air-tight container. Consume within two weeks.

cajun-style trail mix
Who says trail mix has to be boring? This recipe is a much livelier version of the usual “gorp” variety and is bound to become a favorite!

1/2 cup pecan halves
1/2 cup walnut halves
1/4 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/4 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; stir well to combine. Spread mixture evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 350’ Fahrenheit for 15 minutes, giving the pan a shake 2-3 times. Let cool. Store in an air-tight container and consume within two weeks.

tropical paradise trail mix
This mix-and-eat trail mix couldn’t be easier! Better make a double batch – one for the trail, the other for movie night.

1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup Brazil nuts
1/4 cup dried banana chips
1/4 cup coconut flakes
2 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger

Combine all ingredients in a bowl; stir well to combine. Transfer into an air-tight container and store in a cool place for up to two weeks.

into the woods energy balls
This is a hands-on recipe that the kids will enjoy helping with. You’ll need to make these a day or two before your hike so they’ll have enough time to “set.”

1 cup shredded coconut, divided
1 cup almond butter
3/4 cup goji berries
1/2 cup raw honey or agave
2 tablespoons eleuthero root powder
1/2 teaspoon bee pollen granules
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

In a medium bowl, combine 1/2 cup of the coconut with the almond butter, goji berries, honey, eleuthero root powder, bee pollen granules, cinnamon and salt; stir to mix. With clean hands, knead mixture to fully incorporate the ingredients. Pull off small pieces at a time and roll into balls about 1 1/2-inch in diameter. Roll each ball into the remaining coconut to coat. Place balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for 24 hours. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Consume within 2 weeks, or freeze up to 3 months.

bow-wow bites
Your dog will sit, stay and listen for these bite-sized snacks — on the trail and off! Make extra to keep in the refrigerator to give your canine companion a special treat any time. Note: This is a cool weather food and should be packed accordingly — not kept in a paper bag in your pocket, in other words. Bring wipes for your hands!

1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried peppermint
1/3 cup all-natural bacon bits (or 3-4 slices, crisp cooked and crumbled)

Place the peanut butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Gently heat, while stirring, until creamy. Stir in parsley and peppermint. Remove from heat. When the mixture is cool enough to handle, roll into balls 1-1/2 inches in diameter. Roll into bacon to coat. Place balls on a baking sheet or tray lined with parchment paper. Package the amount you plan to feed your dog (or dogs) on the trail in an air-tight container on your way out the door. Keep unused portions in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.

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