There’s nothing more physically and emotionally rewarding than being outdoors, surrounded by nature’s bountiful glory. One of the best ways to be free of a rather hectic and demanding world, hiking provide the best respite from everyday stressors– with added health benefits! You will need the right nutrition to be able to survive a hike though. One cannot live by nutty bars alone and so, sandwiches for hiking have been made.
Regardless of the elevation, terrain, weather and length of time spent on a hike, satiating your hunger pangs is a must. But while hot food is an awesome option, a sandwich can actually give your muscles, bones and nerves enough fuel to rev up part of a hike. To get you started, here are some awesome recipe finds from avid backpackers across the net.
- Ready-To-Go Loafers. Nothing taste as good as perfectly packed loaves of bread. This can be prepared ahead of time, wrapped in parchment paper, taped and stored in a Ziploc or mylar bag. Simply slice into half a loaf of French bread or depending on how many are going on your hiking-picnic escapade. Have these loaves lightly toastied n a broiler. Arrange slices of Dutch Garden Smoked Goudam Cheese on the bread’s bottom half. (Note: hard cheeses are great as they don’t melt as fast– and tastes great, too!) Top this with cured or deli meat like salami, pastrami, turkey, or ham. You may even choose half and half for more excitement. Add fillings but choose those that do not go rancid easily. Choose dried tomatoes, olives, pickles, and so on. Store them in a container and top your pre-packed loaves on site. Bring sachets of mayo and dijon mustard– to spread when everyone’s ready for that top-of-the-mountain picnic feast.
- Going Italian. This awesome hiking sandwich variety comes from hiking connoisseur-couple Brian & Ashley. The couple called it “Italian Stallion Sandwiches” and it truly looks filling and enjoyable on the trail. This sandwich is made by filling two halves of a ciabatta loaf with turkey breast, prosciutto, Capicola ham and Calabrese salami, and provolone cheese. Arugula letture and sundried tomatoes may also be added to give it a kick. While slathering this sandwich with Trentasette Genovese Pesto Sauce for its astounding combination of basil, parmesan cheese and pine nuts, you may want to opt for a portable Amore All Natural Pesto Paste— which can be easily stashed in your backpack ready to spread on your sandwich in time for lunch or dinner or snacks in between a hike.
- Classic Ham & Cheese. Nothing beats the ease and portability of a classic ham and cheese sandwich. All you need to do is slap a slice or two of smoked ham and cheese singles then, slather with mustard. Pack this in a foil or Ziploc bag and off you go on a hike. To add more kick to your classic ham and cheese, adding this Navidul Jamon Serrano Slices will help rev up your taste buds.
Mess has always been a problem when putting mayo, pesto, mustard and other liquid fillings into your sandwich though. This is even more so when you’re always on the move as the chance of them leaking into your other hiking gear can be a cause of contention. Here’s a solution– bring a sachet of your favorite filling! This Fat Free Honey Dijon Mustard from Kens is a perfect choice to bring along when on a hike.
- Veganette. For vegetable worshippers, the best sandwich is nothing but simply a combination of 2 hearty slices of bread with cucumber and sundried tomatoes at the core. This delicious yet non-soggy sandwich is jampacked with nutrients enough to fuel another half of a hike. Simply wrap this in a tin foil to retain moisture and freshness. Some arugula lettuce slapped unto your sandwich also makes it awesome!
A quick reminder to avid backpackers– leave no trace behind. Instead of Ziploc bags or tin foil, go for reusable and compostable BioBags. Proven safe and effective for the environment, it is perfect packaging for your sandwiches for hiking and other outdoor food packs. Best of all, it keeps your food safe to consume and free from any foreign substance that may compromise your health.