When I head out for a walk, one of the first things I check off my ‘what to pack into my rucksack’ list, is snacks! Whether it’s a short amble around the block, or a lengthy 10-mile hike along the cliff, there will be at least one snack in my bag.
I’m what some will call, a grazer. I prefer to eat little and often and find myself reaching out for snacks over a proper meal. Because I know I am a serial (sometimes cereal) grazer, I need to be careful what I am snacking on to ensure I don’t pile on the pounds. I have made a concerted effort to ensure the snacks I reach out for are nutritious and will fuel me, rather than give me a burst of energy for a few moments before needing to consume more to keep the energy up - such as sweets and chocolate. Although these are my go-to snacks when watching a film or needing to be cheered up, whilst out walking I always endeavour to make good choices when it comes to my snacking treats.
One of my walkers, Elizabeth Campling, is a Registered Dietitian and offers nutrition consultations in Cornwall to help you adjust your diet, eat healthier and feel better. At the end of this blog, I have popped Elizabeth’s details down, so if you would like to get in touch and discuss any of this further, she will be more than happy to hear from you. Although I am not a Registered Dietitian, I do know a little about eating and fueling your body the correct way. So together, Elizabeth and I have come up with some ways you can eat nutritious food whilst on the go.
It’s always a good idea to pack some snacks when going for a ramble. You may not always have access to shops and cafes when walking in remote places, or the ramble may take longer than expected. It’s important to keep your energy levels up so you don’t start feeling fatigued; not only so you can continue enjoying your walk, but to help prevent slips and falls.