what food should beginners carry on a trek?
If you are a novice or a first-time trekker, then not only you must have the right trekking equipment but also maintain high energy levels. Beginner’s get confuses about what food to carry on a trek Taking the right food during trekking is very much important to stay refreshed or energized and enjoy the most amazing adventure in your life. If you do not eat enough there are chances that you may experience dizziness, body pain or cramps. Walking for several hours burns some calories depending upon numerous aspects such as the weight, gender and kind of trekking route. Here I suggest some food items which are easily available and are cost-effective that one should add to their backpack.
PEANUT BUTTER AND BROWN BREAD
Peanut butter is the most useful food source on a trek. Grab a slice put peanut butter and eat it, easy!. Even if your bread is finished you can simply eat a spoon of peanut butter which will boost your energy reserve. Its a great source of carb and instant energy. Peanut butter is easily available and it comes around 140-190 rupees for 250 grams which is enough for a decent trek.
Digestive biscuits are my favourite food which I recommend to all trekkers. They are very helpful for instant energy while you take a short break. Eat 1 or 2 biscuits after every 30 mins and it will help you maintain the energy level. As its very lite and fast digestive, it will not bloat your stomach. Mcvities and Nutrichoice are brands that you can easily find at any Indian store.
Chocolates are very light on the stomach and they can be eaten even when you are walking. They are a good source of instant energy and can be extremely satisfying on the trail.
Chocolates like Sneaker & mars are good options, but if you want a cheaper option you can also buy Bar-one or 5 star.
Dried Fruits, Nuts and seeds
Fresh fruit is generally heavy and delicate, which means it does not necessarily make for the best hiking food. Dried fruit, on the other hand, provides dense sugar which can be a healthier alternative to candy.
Nuts are a tasty way to add dense calories, protein and healthy fats and oils to your hiking meals. There are countless varieties of nuts as well – peanuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts and pumpkin seeds to name a few.
instant or cup noodles
Instant noodles or cup noodles are the best options for food while camping. They are easy to make, just boil water and add into the doodle wait or a minute and it’s done. Cup noodles are easy to handle and it won’t create a mess. they come with plastic forks so you won’t have to carry a separate fork.
I always carry cup noodles for dinner at my camp and I recommend you the same.
Energy Bars and Energy Drinks
Energy drinks and bars are handy on long treks. They are an excellent source of quick calories that provides an additional boost to complete the trek. Make sure pack energy bars and drinks in sealed bottles to avoid contamination and littering. Though they are bi costlier if you can you should add it to your list.
Avoid sweet drinks and energy bars. Sugar from drinks does provide calories but also increases thirst, can cause sickness and sore throat at high altitudes. So, pack drinks and bars that consist of less sugar, raw ingredients and provide the needed calories.
Fruits like apple, banana and orange provide ample amount of water and nutrients. Bell Pepper, Radish and Carrots don’t need much prepping and can be eaten raw. They provide nutrients and also helps indigestion. They can be very helpful on a hike or short treks.