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Five On-the-Trail Snack Ideas for Winter Hikes
Are you tired of toting the same old gorp and other trail mixes along on your winter hikes? Why not try something different next time?
Here are few suggestions to get your creativity going:
1. Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potato chips are nutritious, inexpensive to make, highly portable, and tend to hold up well under cold weather conditions. To make them you'll need a few sweet potatoes, vegetable oil, coarse sea salt, sugar, and cinnamon. Simply cut the potatoes into thin slices and lightly coat them with the vegetable oil and seasonings. Place them onto a nonstick cookie sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven until they are crispy. You'll need to turn them periodically while they are baking. Once the chips are done, let them cool before packaging them up for your winter hiking trip.
2. Marinated Flank Steak
Why content yourself with store-bought jerky when you can whip up a batch of marinated strips of flank steak instead? Marinate and cook the flank steak at home the way you normally would. Once it cools, cut the steak into very thin slices and stow it in with the rest of your winter hiking rations. I should mention that if you cut the strips too thick, the steak may become hard to chew after a few hours on the trail.
3. Chipped Beef
Chipped beef makes another excellent on the trail snack. You may opt to eat it without bread or pair it up with a whole wheat or pumpernickel pita. Pilot crackers also work well. A large can of those will tend to cost you $21. Personally, I love the stuff and will eat it with or without bread or crackers.
4. Chicken or Tuna Salad
Tuna and chicken salad are other on the trail snack options that you may want to consider. I'd recommend that you go with a foil pack of either and bring along a few packets of mayonnaise. You can warm the mayonnaise packets up in your pockets. To make the salad use the foil pack as your bowl. Squeeze the mayonnaise directly into the tuna foil packet. You may opt to mix it up with a plastic spoon or just mush the sides of the foil packet around until the tuna is sufficiently coated with the mayonnaise. Pilot crackers, tortilla chips or bagel chips pair well with the tuna salad. You can use the chips to scoop the tuna salad out of the packet and eat it as you walk.
5. Peanut Butter Crackers and Cookies
When I mention peanut butter crackers for the trail, I am not talking about lugging along a jar of peanut butter because it tends to freeze in extreme temperatures. I am talking about the cheese and peanut butter crackers that you find in vending machines or in kid's lunch boxes. A few brands of cheese and peanut butter crackers to consider are Austin, Lance, and Keebler. A case of 12 will typically cost you less than $10, and you can pick some up at your local grocery store or order one online. Vanilla wafer cookies also work well as a snack and are inexpensive.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports with her family and has traveled extensively.
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