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Healthy snacks for outdoor lovers

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Healthy snacks on the go are part of every outdoor lover's gear. Runners, hikers and cyclists need healthy snacks for energy on the journey.

Most outdoor lovers look for backpack snacks that are healthy, high in energy, easy to transport and don't require refrigeration.

Whether you're thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, running a marathon, riding the Storming of Thunder Ridge or enjoying a day hike at your favorite state park, snacks on the run are a great way to keep up your energy.

You can find lots of healthy snacks in your favorite outdoor supply store. There are also healthy snacks at the grocery store, but you might have to look harder.

Visit The Fresh Market, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's Market or another specialty grocery store to find many varieties of organic foods, bulk foods and gluten-free foods in single serving or bulk sizes.

From protein and granola bars to nuts and fruits, here are some great snacks to pack with you on your next outdoor adventure.

Pistachio Chewy Bites
Pistachio Chewy Bites Setton Farms

Pistachio Chewy Bites

The folks from Setton Farms sent us their Pistachio Chewy Bites to review. Pistachio Chewy Bites combine two healthy foods into one great individually-packaged snack. Get the benefits of pistachios and cranberries on the go. These snacks are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great source of protein and fiber.

Protein and Energy Bars
Protein and Energy Bars Sandy Wallace

Protein and Energy Bars

Visit your favorite running store or outdoor supply store and you'll find a wide selection of protein and energy bars in single serving sizes. Some favorites include Clif bars and Shot Bloks, Hammer Gel and GU Energy gel.

Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter Sandy Wallace

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a favorite snack for people on the go. You can grind your own at The Fresh Market and other healthy grocery stores. Bring along crackers or make sandwiches for a healthy snack that's high in protein.

Fresh Fruit
Fresh Fruit Sandy Wallace

Fresh Fruit

Bananas and other fresh fruits provide energy on the go. Americans eat more bananas than apples and oranges combined. The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and B6 in bananas all support heart health.

Fresh Vegetables
Fresh Vegetables Sandy Wallace

Fresh Vegetables

Fresh vegetables are a great healthy snack. You can pick up pre-packaged snacks or buy in bulk and pack your own. Vegetables contain many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, vitamin A, and vitamin C.

Raisins and Dried Fruits
Raisins and Dried Fruits Sandy Wallace

Raisins and Dried Fruits

Fresh fruits are healthier than dried fruits, but raisins and other dried fruits are easier to pack along, especially for long rides or hikes. Many dried fruits are available in individual serving sizes.

Nuts Provide Protein
Nuts Provide Protein Sandy Wallace

Nuts Provide Protein

Nuts are high in protein and fiber so they will give you energy and help you feel full. Almonds, cashews and pistachios are all low in calories too. Eat raw or dry roasted nuts instead of nuts roasted in oil for a more healthy snack.

Trail Mixes
Trail Mixes Sandy Wallace

Trail Mixes

Visit The Fresh Market, Trader Joe's Market or Whole Foods Market to find bulk bins of trail mixes. There are many variations of trail mixes, so try a few different types to find your favorite.  

Dried Fruit Trail Mixes
Dried Fruit Trail Mixes Sandy Wallace

Dried Fruit Trail Mixes

If you love fruit, try trail mix blends containing extra dried fruit. Bananas, apricots, papaya, pineapple and cranberries are some of the dried fruits you'll find in the bulk bins at The Fresh Market.

Cheese Snacks
Cheese Snacks Sandy Wallace

Cheese Snacks

Cheese sometimes gets a bad rap. Although some cheeses are high in fat, cheese is also high in protein, calcium, zinc, Vitamin A and Vitamin B. Cheese sticks and cubes are easy to pack for a day trip, but will need refrigeration if you'll be on the trail for longer.



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