Last year we did a lot of hiking as a family between May and September, it was a perfect Sunday afternoon activity. Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities (other than lounging and reading on the beach that is!). We would consult the Vancouver Trails website to find new hikes to do. It’s a great resource if you are local as it gives directions, notes, hike length, elevation gains, trail conditions, etc. If you are local, please share some of your favorite hikes to do!
I was super excited to knock some of these hikes off of my list:
– The Grouse Grind – can’t wait to do this one again this year and beat my time! Let me know if you want to join me 🙂
A few more challenging hikes on my list (in addition to some more family friendly ones) for this year are:
Anyways, all this hiking talk is making me look forward to more hiking this year! It also leads to one of my favorite snacks to take along hiking. For hiking I am looking for a nutrient and energy dense snack that doesn’t take up a lot of room in my bag. The less I have to carry, the better! Tim and the kids like these too fortunately and they are a family favorite. They are super easy to whip up, but to give them enough time to firm up, it’s best to make them at least a few hours (or if you are wanting to freeze them, see note below) or a day in advance. This recipe is very forgiving and can easily be adjusted to your personal tastes. ie: Don’t have cocoa nibs? Just add a few more nuts or some chocolate chips.
1 cup natural peanut butter (or almond butter) *
1.5 cups oats (I used a mix of oatmeal and quinoa flakes)
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup cocoa nibs
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax seeds
2 tbsp cacoa powder (or cocoa powder)
3 tbsp coconut ribbons or shredded (unsweetened)
1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. You may need to add more peanut butter if you need a bit more liquid sticking power, or more oats if it isn’t thick enough.
2. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
3. Roll into balls and refrigerate.
– Tip: freeze before you go hiking…this will help to keep them from falling apart!
– Other ingredients to add: hemp hearts, protein powder, dried fruit (without added sugar), chocolate chips and/or other chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans or cashews.
* I was shocked when I started reading ingredient labels and saw all the stuff that they put into peanut butter…sugar, hydrogenated oils, etc. Definitely stick to natural peanut butter!