By Laura (The Gluten-Free Traveller)
Having a backpack of food with you on a hike is necessary whether you are on a gluten free diet or not. Most trails don’t have anywhere to buy food (and almost certainly no gluten-free food) so it’s up to you to carry your energy on your back. I’ve read various different articles on the “Top hiking foods” or the ‘Best foods to take when hiking” and luckily for gluten-free hikers, most of these things are either naturally gluten-free or have easy to find gluten-free alternatives.
I’m not a nutritionist so I’m sure some of you will have better suggestions that me on the best things to eat whilst hiking but here are some of the things I take. Protein, fat and carbohydrates are what tend get me through the steep inclines.
- Dried fruit
- Granola (make sure it’s gluten-free granola!)
- Energy/protein bars – there are lots of great gluten free bars out there
- Nuts and seeds
- Cheese and crackers
- Peanut butter
- Gluten-free sandwiches
- Chopped up veggies with hummus
- Hard boiled eggs
- Gluten free trail mix
Gluten free trail or cereal mix is a great thing to make and take with you on hikes as it’s light and easy to carry whilst also being full of energy.
A mixture of gluten-free cereal, pretzels, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate chips and honey or nut butter makes a great gluten-free trail mix.
If you’re celiac, then cross contamination is of course an issue so be sure to double check that any nuts or nut butters you buy are safe and free from cross contamination.
Beef jerky is the one thing that many articles recommend as a great hiking food but I’ve never tried it myself. Do you hike with beef jerky? Check out where to buy these products and more in our Grocery Guide.
Happy hiking and remember if you are hiking somewhere with wild animals such as bears be sure to keep your gluten-free snacks safely in an animal proof container!