Do you easily feel exhausted whenever you’re on an outdoor adventure? It’s a letdown when you experience that energy draining from your body. Part of going outdoors is nutrition or the foods you consume that gives you energy and sustains it in order to keep up with the activities ahead. You need that fuel whenever you go backpacking, hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, and other strenuous outdoor activities. To achieve that, you need to consume not just any junks, but those that will specifically give you the energy to last the day.
Get your body and tummy ready because here are the top 10 energy-boosting foods for the active outdoors.
For breakfast or for cold weather, eating a bowl of warm oatmeal will keep you up and running for hours. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals to help keep your blood glucose pumping, feel fuller, and keep your energy level consistent throughout the day. You can put in some bananas, strawberries, and blueberries for added flavor, good carbs, and boost. Warming up one using a Portable Cooking Stove while outdoors is perfect and satisfyingly pleasant.
Eggs which are our cheaper option for our pre- or post-workout protein-rich food is also a strong pick for our top energy-boosting food for strenuous outdoor activity. They are rich in vitamins B and D which are responsible for converting food to energy and maintaining strong bones. They are also a good source of fat that will make you feel fuller and keep your body energized for longer hours. Keep it a habit of snacking on hard-boiled eggs before you dig on an adventure.
This seed (sometimes grain) is a superfood that has more protein, carbs, fiber, and other minerals than other grains you consume. All of these nutrients work together to make sure you get long-lasting energy that your body needs for the active outdoors. If you want to feel more pumped, then replace your rice with quinoa.
4. Salmon and Other Fatty Fish
Your favorite salmon and other fatty fish such as sardines and trout contain omega-3 that reduces fatigue. They are great sources of B-vitamins and protein to provide you boost and sustained energy throughout the day. They also rebuild your muscles and repair bones after strenuous outdoor activity. What more can you ask for? Make sure you include salmon and other fatty fish to your dishes, salads, sandwiches, and packed meals for the picnic or camping to boost your energy. Don't forget to put them in our Insulated Foldable Picnic Basket to keep its freshness.
This fruit snack and workout-favorite is carbohydrate, fiber, and potassium-rich that boost and sustain your energy. They say that eating bananas before an outdoor activity helps with endurance and performance as much as an energy drink. Might as well eat and pack some of these tasty ones on your way out.
6. Dark Berries
Your favorite blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries that you often include in your yogurt and oatmeal are top energy-boosting foods if you want to stay active throughout the day. These antioxidants reduce inflammation and fatigue, that keeps you going.
7. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes and yams are great alternatives to your usual potatoes because they are better sources of carbs and higher in fiber. That means they slow the body’s absorption to carbs to sustain energy for long hours. Pack some sweet potatoes for your trip.
8. Trail Mix
Trail mix is an ideal snack when you go backpacking or hiking because it's not only portable and easy to consume, but also packed with carbohydrates, fats, and protein to boost your energy all day long. The essential fatty acids found in nuts can reduce activity inflammation, thus minimize fatigue. Pack your favorite almonds, peanuts, pistachios, pecans, walnuts, cashews, seeds, and dried fruit in a Reusable Silicone Food Bag.
9. Dark Leafy Greens
“Eat your veggies”, that’s what your parents always say when you were kids. Not only they are super nutritious, but these leafy greens such as spinach, collard, and kale are filled with protein and antioxidant properties to combat stress and fatigue, and repair muscles, in order to stay energized and well for the active outdoors.
10. Dark Chocolate
This bitter-sweet treat is your friend if you want to boost your energy. Dark chocolates offer something similar to what coffee can do but more. It has less sugar than regular milk chocolate but pumps your blood and oxygen to keep you awake and alert, plus the antioxidant properties can take your fatigue away, thanks to its flavonoids. Don’t forget to pack bars of dark chocolate on your next hiking or climbing trip. Also, don’t forget to pack some water on Stainless Steel Water Bottles to hydrate and flush down the sugar from your mouth.
Don’t be a letdown and show your strength during your outdoor activity. Eat the right energy-boosting foods to make sure you’ll experience the jolt throughout the day.