10 PROTEIN-RICH SNACKS FOR YOUR NEXT PADDLE TRIP
Ever have hunger ruin a perfectly good trip? We know the feeling, out in the wilderness, among beauty and beautiful flowing water and all you can think about is a large pizza with extra toppings. While pizza is always an option for an easy snack, you might opt-in for some more protein rich options to keep you satisfied longer. Don’t let hunger take over your trip and try some of these options for your next adventure.
1) BANANA, PEANUT BUTTER AND HONEY ROLL-UPS
Sweet, savory and protein-rich, these guys are so easy to make you can throw in a couple for the day to make the perfect snack. Simply roll peanut butter, bananas and honey into a flatbread and you're done! You can also buy protein packed flatbread and of course always whole wheat. This is a great one for the kids as well. Toss in a couple chocolate chips to make their day!
2) HARD-BOILED EGGS
Hard-boiled eggs make a great portable snack and require little to no packaging. Lightweight and a great option for quick prep before you head out on the water. Packed with vitamins as well as protein, keep these at the top of your bag and you will be all set!
3) CRANBERRY ALMOND ENERGY BITES
Energy bites are perfect for on-the-go snacks and can be altered in so many ways the options are endless. Loaded with nutritional ingredients and energy for your day out on the water, you can substitute out any ingredients you don’t like for your own creation! Freeze them before-hand and they may still be cold when you are ready for them. Suggested ingredients include oatmeal, almonds, sweetened shredded coconut, ground flaxseed, nut butter (peanut or almond are both good), honey, chia seeds and dried cranberries.
- Bake oatmeal, almonds and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350°, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
- In a medium bowl microwave the nut butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl. Form into 1.5" balls and refrigerate. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 months.
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A can of tuna can be a great option of a quick protein boost. One cup of tuna can contain an impressive 39 grams of protein. Additionally, tuna is high in various other nutrients, such as B vitamins and selenium, and contains a considerable amount of omega-3 fatty acids. Always remember to Leave no Trace and pack the can safely back into your pack for the trek home.
5) NUT AND FRUIT MIX
Make your own protein mix! Store bought fruit and nut mixes can get so boring. Head out and get a couple different kinds of nuts, cheeses, crackers, and fruit options. Mix and match and don’t be scared to surprise yourself! Keep the ingredients separated in a Tupperware container and throw in your pack. Toss in some baked kale chips or edamame for a different taste.
Simple, easy to eat on the go, and requires very little if any packaging. Jerky is meat that has been trimmed of fat, cut into strips and dried. It's very high in protein and can contain beef, chicken, turkey or salmon.
Find some at your local grocery store or make your own by simply using meat and some seasonings.
7) SANDWICH WRAPS
Wraps are your best friend when on the road. Simple and easy to alter to keep the creations different and free of boredom. Add in more or take out items as you wish to make this recipe your own:
- For each sandwich wrap, place flatbread on your work surface and spread with peanut butter.
- Lay apple matchsticks evenly, lengthwise, down the center of the flatbread. Sprinkle raisins, cranberries, granola, and cinnamon (if using) evenly over top of the apples.
- Beginning at one long side, roll the flatbread up.
- Cut in half and serve or wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator until serving or packing in lunch boxes.
8) CHEESE SLICES
So maybe you don’t have a hot and steaming pizza during your canoe or kayaking trip, but cheese sure does hit the spot! String cheese, fancy cheese, blocks of cheese, or even some cheese crackers, all of it works great! Great for a hot or cold day and cheese can last in most situations. Cheese is incredibly healthy and filling, in addition to being a quick and easy snack. Float down the cheese aisle before your next water trip and you surely won’t be disappointed!
9) PROTEIN-PACKED SANDWICH
You can’t go wrong with a sandwich during a long paddle ― it has everything in a hand-held package, just make it smart! Low-sodium cold cuts provide salt to help replace what’s lost in sweat. Tomatoes add freshness and a boost of Vitamin C. Place everything on some fresh whole wheat bread and don’t forget to load it with veggies. Grill it up ahead of time and pack for lunch or whip it up in minutes for an easy snack. Try a hummus wrap for a change with sunflower seeds, avocado, and tomatoes!
Perfect for a mid-paddle break or while you are packing up and can’t wait until you are back in civilization. Driving hungry should be illegal.
10) ROASTED CHICKPEAS
A fiber and protein mixture roasted chickpeas are a great snack for a long day on the water. You can find these at the grocery store in tons of different flavors or make at home the night before your trip. One tasty way to prepare chickpeas for a snack is by roasting them with some basic seasonings and olive oil.
Whether you are taking a day trip out on the water or escaping for a couple hours at the end of a long day be prepared with delicious food and your trusty Folding Boat. Forget the hassle of hauling your kayak or raft on top of your car and always be ready for a spontaneous after work paddle with K-Pack Folding Kayak. Set up your kayak in 4-5 minutes and be out on the water in no time. Plenty of room for those delicious snacks and storage in the backpack for extra items as well.
See you out there this summer!