Today we went on a three mile hike through a beautiful section of Forest Park in Portland. The trail was moderately hilly for most of the way and ended at a scenic overlook at The Pittock Mansion with a beautiful view of Portland and Mt. Hood. We have not really been hiking before so we weren’t quite prepared for it, but we learned a lot to make our trip better next time. We thought that our hike would last a lot longer than it did so we decided to bring a bunch of snacks with us to make sure we were fueled for the trip.
We bought a bag of oranges and they were so perfect for hiking. Normally, we would have also bought bananas but when we were at the store, there were no ripe bananas. Fruits that are in their own packaging are great for hiking because you don’t have to worry about washing them or having a container for them. Obviously, if you have time to prep other fruits, like watermelon or strawberries, then those would be great for hiking too.
We found this really really great brand called Bare that makes baked coconut chips. We got the spicy flavored chips and they were very delicious. The combination of spicy and sweet was amazing and my only complaint would be that the bag was very small. It’s easy enough to make your own coconut chips at home, but we did not have the time to make them ourselves. These Bare coconut chips are baked and they contain no preservatives so they are actually not bad for you.
We also took avocados on our trip because they are absolutely delicious and they come in their own packaging. They’re also full of healthy stuff like vitamins and minerals and they are basically natures perfect food.
Carrots and Hummus
What a perfect snack for hiking, or for anytime really. The carrots were crisp and refreshing and obviously they contain a bunch of nutrients. Dipped in some olive tapenade hummus, they were the bomb. Hummus is healthy for you too so it was pretty much a perfect healthy snack. Next time I will also get some other veggies like cucumber or radishes to dip in the hummus, but we went straight from the grocery store to the trail and didn’t have time to prep veggies.
Dry Roasted Peanuts
We chose dry-roasted peanuts because they do not have the extra fat that oil roasted peanuts have and they were easy and tasty. We were trying to stick to a tight budget too, so these were better for our wallet.
We also brought a bag of some all natural dog treats we found for our dog Maggie, who joined us on the hike. The brand is Buddy Biscuits and the original peanut butter flavor happens to be vegan. She also snacked on some peanuts and carrots and she had such a great time. She’s been napping since we got home. As you can see, it is not difficult to pack vegan snacks for an afternoon of hiking. Next time we go hiking, I will probably pack less snacks and eat a good breakfast before hand but it really depends on how long the hike is. There are some longer ones that can take up to two days to complete. But for today these snacks were perfect. I hope this list of vegan snacks will give you some ideas for your next hiking trip.