Many people believe that being on a low-carb diet can make them “not suitable” for rigorous outdoor escapades like hiking. A quick check, however, will tell you that while carbs are fastest to burn when going for a hike, there are other food choices which one can use to fuel the body and move with the pack without any fuss. In fact, your body may even be at its peak burning fat to energize a hike when you are into a ketogenic diet. The idea here is to create a keto hiking food list to ensure that you stick to the diet plan while maintaining the same level of vigor for the hiking days ahead.
The Keto Hiking Food List
Ideally, you will need hiking food packs for break, lunches, dinners and in-between snacks. And since this is going to be a multi-day hike, you need to pick-up shelf-stable food choices that require no refrigeration. This is not just any food though– you will need low-carbs, high-fat, and moderate-protein food packs like the go-to box above from OneStopPaleoShop. The idea is for you to create a meal plan and start from there.
To get you started, these food items can greatly help in curbing your carbs while raising your fat requirements and beefing up your protein body stash.
- Cured Food. Stock up on Spanish chorizo, salami, beef jerky, pork rinds, chicharron (crispy pork), and other meaty sensation. Or you may prefer tuna packets, salmon jerky, and turkey sticks like the one below from Vermont Smoke and Cure. While you can’t bring the whole charcuterie plate with you, getting your hands on these delicious cured food items will make hiking + keto diet = fun.
- Food Pouches. Most hiking trail mixes and food pouches are, indeed, higher in carbs than most. There are however some brands that offer low-carb, high-protein and fats. This ready to eat BUMBLE BEE Premium Light Tuna in Water pouch can be easily stashed in your hiking backpack. Meaty food pouches are also available. Given your limited accommodation, you may want to go for ready-to-eat or no-fuss cooking options.
- Hard Cheeses. Amplify your fat and protein deposit by packing hard cheeses like Parmesan, Romano or Asiago. Not only do these cheeses sodium content help compensate for electrolyte usage while on a hike, but they also don’t melt easily or go rancid without refrigeration. Softer cheeses are not recommended though as hot treks can easily turn them into jelly causing a mess to your stuff. If you may, you may want to pack up on a slab of Beemster Classic Aged Gouda for that gourmet tasting snack.
- Mixed Nuts– and Butters, too. If you have no known nut allergy, adding mixed nuts to your list of lightweight keto food packs to bring is a must. Think macadamias, almonds, pecans, and peanuts– in different flavors like this variety food pack from Keto Nut Mix Variety Pack. Feel free also to use nut butter as part of your handy homemade recipes.
- Powder Mixes. Yes, this may be fodder for debate in the weight loss department. However, it cannot be denied that when it comes to long hikes and low-carb diets, chocolate powder mixes which can be easily and quickly prepared is a great choice. This Primal Kitchen Collagen Fuel in choco and coconut flavor is an excellent powder mix to bring on the trail. Simply add water and voila!
Don’t Forget – Hydration
Now that you know what keto hiking food to pack, it is also essential that you learn about hydration. You’ll be losing a lot of electrolytes as you sweat and being on a keto diet will hasten the depletion of insulin. It is therefore essential that you take a keen observation on how to make electrolyte supplementation. Bring enough packs of this Electrolyte Mix Super Hydration Formula + Trace Minerals with you. Or you may want to create your own sodium + potassium +water “keto-rade” recipe to satisfy your thirst when on a hike.