Hiking is a great cardio workout that helps lower your risk for heart disease and improve your blood sugar levels. It also helps reduce stress. All of these benefit your oral and overall health.
When you’re out enjoying one of Washington’s amazing trails, it’s important to keep your body fueled and hydrated. Hiking can burn a lot of calories and water. You should bring snacks and plenty of water with you. The amount of snacks and water you pack depends on the length of your hike.
Most experts recommend eating a light snack every hour or so and bringing 1 liter of water for every 5 miles.
For snacks, focus on protein, whole grains and lightly-salted nuts. These power foods help keep your body fueled while replenishing essential nutrients like electrolytes. It’s all about balance.
Healthy trail mix recipes are all about mixing and matching your favorites. Watch our video.
Here are some of my favorite mix-and-match flavor combinations:
Pacific Northwest trail mix
1 cup almonds
1 cup granola
½ cup dried apple slices
¼ cup dried cherries
¼ cup dark chocolate chips
Hawaiian trail mix
1 cup cashews
1 cup macadamia nuts
½ cup unsweetened coconut shavings
¼ cup dried pineapple, diced
¼ cup white chocolate chips
Moroccan trail mix
1 cup curry roasted cashews
1 cup toasted garbanzo beans
½ cup puffed rice cereal
¼ cup golden raisins
¼ cup medjool dates
¼ cup dried apricots, diced
Ready to hike? Check out a list of our favorite Washington trails.
If you want to learn more about your body’s specific nutritional needs, talk to your doctor and dentist. They'll help identify the best foods to keep you healthy.