: You have two goals on a winter hike:to get to your destination,and to stay warm. Your hiking food is fuel,so follow these tips to keep yourself energized.
LOVE YOUR CARBS
If you avoid starches for weight control,a winter hike is your best excuse to eat crackers,bread,healthy cookies and other carbohydrates.These will release fast fuel to your hard working muscles.
Who wouldn't love that advice?But don't wait until strong hunger pangs remind you to eat.You want sustained release of glucose into your bloodstream from frequent snacks.
Your thirst signals might be a bit delayed in cold weather,but you will still be losing water via sweating and open mouth breathing.Stop every hour for fluids,and bring an insulated bottle of your favorite hot beverage to enjoy with lunch.
USE FATS WISELY
Fats are rich deposits of energy,so be sure you have high quaility fats in your snacks and lunch.You don't need much,but if you skip fats completely you will feel deprived.
BRING EXTRA FOOD
An extra sandwich,an additional energy bar,another handful of dried fruit and nuts will give you an insurance policy in case you are delayed on the trail.
Gulping your food because you're cold and in a hurry works against your digestive system.Let your teeth grind your food into small pieces,wash it down with some water,and feel the energy flow into your muscles.
ENJOY A HIGH ENERGY TREAT
Bring something really special on your winter hike,a treat that you don't allow yourself to enjoy very often.Suggestions:high quality dark chocolate with nuts,a creamy soft aged cheese with flavorful crackers that cost a bit more,or unsulfured dried pineapple or papaya chunks to make your taste buds dance while giving you stamina.