Pack yourself energizing snacks
DIY trail mix
The great thing about trail mix is that you can put whatever you want on it based on your palate. Here’s somewhere to start though: this healthy, chocolate-free (so it won’t melt) mix is protein-packed, only takes 15 minutes to make, and can last up to four days without being refrigerated. Just toast some raw almonds, raw cashews, and raw walnut halves at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, salt them a bit, and mix them with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and banana chips for a little sweetness. Add in some goji berries if you’re feeling crazy, even craisins if you please. Want to take it to the next level? Toss it all with brown rice syrup, press tightly, and bake it into granola bars. You’ll feel so invigorated, you’ll forget they even sell funnel cake.
It might seem obvious, but fresh fruit will go a long way when the only options are overpriced burgers and chicken tenders. Apples, bananas, and oranges can last the long weekend and will replenish lost nutrients.
PB is universal. Breakfast, very good. Lunch, amazing. Dinner, put it on a burger and we are there. But peanut butter is particularly great when you need enough fuel to last you a long time and you’re rushing out the door to see, let’s say, Chance the Rapper. A serving (two tablespoons) has eight grams of protein, so throw that and some of those aforementioned fresh bananas on a sandwich and you’re set... to catch some sick sets. (Sorry.)
You’ve gotten the memo about filling, healthy snacks by now -- but here’s something else to consider. Especially if you’re camping, know that you’ll pretty much be on your own for breakfast. Most things don’t open before lunch and the sun will wake you up at the crack of dawn. Natural-ingredient protein bars are easy to throw in your backpack and can serve as meal replacement since they clock in at over 10 grams of protein. Try the options from 22 Days, or Health Warrior -- which use superfoods like chia and quinoa to keep you feeling your best.