Best Snacks to Eat Before, During, After a Day Hike
When you’re preparing to go out for a Great Wall day hike, whether it’s an easy mile or a more strenuous 8-mile hike, taking enough (and the right) snacks to keep your energy levels up is a priority. Check out these 9 foods you should consider taking on your upcoming trip, or purchasing once you arrive at the many markets in Beijing.
1. Salted Roasted Mixed Nuts
The salt adds flavor while roasting brings out the natural oils for flavor. Mixed nuts ensure you won’t get bored with your choice of high protein, vegan-friendly snack.
2. Fresh Fruit
Forget flying with fresh fruit. That is not going to fly with the spoilage rate. Instead, plan on purchasing fresh fruit at vendors in Beijing near your accommodations. There are markets in all of the neighborhoods near Jiankou, Mutianyu, Gubeikou or Jinshanling. Have food containers to hold your fresh fruit to protect against spoilage and bruising.
3. Dried Fruit and Trail Mix
If you are interested in having a sweet treat that offers more fiber, vitamins, and minerals compared to candy—go with dried fruit. Popular picks for travelers include dried and sweetened cranberries, blueberries, cherries, and apricots. You can also find dried mango and raisins.
Chocolate is wonderful if you choose the right type. Avoid chocolate with a high butterfat content, such as white chocolate, because it will melt more rapidly.
Consider taking cacao nibs, which are unprocessed pieces of the cacao nut used to make chocolate. These do not melt under normal heat. Yet cacao nibs offer a high nutrient content with 21 percent of daily value of iron and two grams of protein in seven teaspoons.
5. Gummy Candy
For a sweet treat and afternoon pick me up, bring along some gummy candy or jelly sweets.
6. Healthy Seeds
One of the increasingly popular health foods on the market is seeds. Hemp, pumpkin, sesame, and poppy seeds are just some of the more common seeds you can carry hiking and eat raw.
Add them to your trail mix if you’d like. Other popular seeds that people often mistake as grains are quinoa and buckwheat, which are typically served cooked.
7. Hard Cheese
Cheese offers a rich source of protein, but you have to choose the right type of cheese for your hike. Why and what is hard cheese? Hard cheeses include Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano-Reggiano, Manchego, and Jarlsberg cheese. Then you have the more popular hard cheeses of Cheddar, Gouda, Provolone, and Gruyere.
Each of these cheeses will withstand the temperatures of the Great Wall better than meltable soft cheeses including Mozzarella, Chevre, Brie, and Havarti.
8. Cold Meats
For you carnivores out there, cold meats including salami, pastrami, and summer sausage are convenient for hiking the Great Wall of China. You can get away without having refrigeration and your meat stays edible.
9. Hard Boiled Eggs
Another high protein source, which is also vegetarian-friendly, is hard-boiled eggs. One egg has six grams of protein, less than 100 calories, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. Plus, once boiled, a hard-boiled egg handles hiking very well.