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The Ultimate Guide to Adventure Foods

The Ultimate Guide to Adventure Foods

Proper nutrition is a big topic of discussion as you plan your big adventures. Whether it’s a backpacking trek, a cycling race, or a sailing trip— you need adventure food to keep you moving. There are so many great options to choose from when looking for the right fuel— but we have a few pointers to help get the best, organic snack foods for all your summer and travel plans.

Proper Nutrition

Food Density

Calorie-dense is a term that may come to mind when packing your meals and snacks for a long, exhilarating trip. Yes, you need those calories and you need them quickly—but also consider nutrient density. You can have the best of both worlds with quality foods made from real ingredients to provide you with high-calorie and high-nutrient meals.

Set a goal for yourself-- shoot for a calorie and nutrient target. You can use the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines to help determine where to start. If you are able to consult a nutritionist or dietician, you can customize your plan to fit your specific needs.

Real Food Ingredients

An easy way to find nutrient and calorie-dense foods is to look for real, whole-food ingredients in your products. Unmodified, organic foods are your best source for nutrition to fuel your every day.

Food Groups

Don’t neglect food varieties. We all have our go-to snack foods and meals, but make sure to include fruits, vegetables, proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. It is also great to have a variety of flavors and textures to keep things fun and interesting. No part of your adventure should be boring-- especially not your snacks.


Easy to pack, easy to snack. Every adventure needs lightweight, delicious snack foods and meals—which is why it's important to find foods that are energy dense and filled with nutrients. Proteins and complex carbohydrates are perfect for keeping you moving without weighing you down.


Water is everything. Our friends at REI said it best: “whether you’re hiking, biking, skiing, running, climbing or simply strolling across town, it’s important to hydrate properly.” Check out their article to learn more about how much to drink and how to stay hydrated.

Food Ideas

Here are some simple and delicious foods to consider for your next hike, bike, run, or ride:

  • Dried fruits + vegetables
  • Jerky and other dried meats
  • Nuts + nut butters
  • Organic energy bars
  • Granola
  • Trail mix

At Kate’s Real Food we value organic, clean ingredients and we value adventure. All your great plans deserve the best-tasting and fueling energy bars to keep you going. Easy to pack-- without ever cutting corners in quality-- Kate's products are compact and nutrient-packed to keep you going all day long. Try all six delicious flavors today! To learn more about adventure foods check out our nutrition blog.