Ketogenic hiking snacks?
The ketogenic diet protocol is becoming more and more popular. The Keto protocol is a low-carb, high-fat diet. Ketogenic hiking snacks will keep you fueled and satisfied for a long time.
For more information on the details of the ketogenic protocol, visit Bulletproof’s Keto Diet for Beginners – Your Complete Guide.
Just because you are going hiking doesn’t mean you can’t stay keto. It may be more of a challenge on the trail, due to not having cold storage and the need to carry lighter weight foods, but it’s still possible.
Everybody is different
It’s a fact of nature. Everyone has a different personality, and every human body is diverse. There are conflicting ideas about whether keto works for everyone without fail, or if it suits specific types of people.
Our point in sharing some keto hiking snacks is not to argue for or against the keto lifestyle.
We simply want to equip you with ideas to make your keto hiking experience a success if you choose the keto protocol.
Getting lots of fat
If you’ve been doing keto or done any research into keto, you know that the key is to eat lots of fat. Fat is the primary fuel source.
Coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, butter, meat fats, fatty nuts, and avocados are all good fat sources to incorporated into your snacks.
Ketogenic snack ideas
Nuts are a good protein and fat source. Packing a bag of trail mix is an excellent fuel option.
Add some erythritol-sweetened chocolate chips for a sweet kick. Lily’s chocolate chips are a great option:
Keto chocolate nut bars
Making some keto chocolate and nut bites is another way to get a chocolaty fatty treat in on the trail.
For a tasty recipe visit Peace, Love and Low Carb’s for Keto Chocolate Nut Clusters.
Munk Pack Bars
Don’t want to make your own?
Try our favorite, go-to high-protein, low-sugar bars by Munk Pack.
Everyone loves these tasty, crunchy goodies.
A few of our family’s favorite flavors are:
Peanut Butter Pretzel Keto Nut and Seed Bar
Caramel Sea Salt Keto Nut and Seed Bar
Coconut Almond Dark Chocolate Keto Nut and Seed Bar
Cheese and summer sausage
Parmesan cheese is a hard cheese that is a good keto choice for the trail.
Summer sausage is another great option. Try dry sausage in order to eliminate the need for cold storage. Keep the package sealed until mealtime. Once opened, eat within a few hours.
Almond butter and coconut oil
Mix almond butter with some coconut oil and place it in refillable squeeze tubes for a high-fat energy boost. This can be eaten straight or served as a topping on something.
Pork rinds and cream cheese
Hiking with a bag of pork rinds packed at the top of your pack and a squeeze tube of cream cheese makes for a great lunch or midday snack.
Pork rinds with sardines and cream cheese
Add a can of sardines to your pork rinds and cream cheese snack to make a full meal.
While avocados are heavy, they are a great keto option. Eat them straight out of the skin.
Sardines with guac and pork rinds
Switch out guac for the cream cheese in the option above and you have a new flavor profile in this snack option.
Meat sticks, pepperoni sticks, and other cured meats are good options for a quick snack along the trail.
Hard boiled eggs
Pre peels a few hard boiled eggs and pack in a small container or ziplock for a quick bite on the trail. Add a little salt and maybe some hot sauce to the baggie if so desired.
Fat coffee cubes in hot tea or coffee
Along with the bulletproof coffee idea, there are options for pre-made fat coffee cubes that you can add to your hot coffee for an additional dose of fatty energy.
I followed Ruled Me’s recipe for coffee cubes. It made a grainy, but ultimately satisfying coffee drink that was warm and flavorful.
Cauliflower pretzels with guac
Cauliflower pretzels are pretzels made from cauliflower and a few other ingredients.
Serve these with a squeeze pouch of guac.
Cauliflower crackers with sardines
Scoop up some sardine on a cauliflower cracker.
Chocolate fat bombs
If you aren’t familiar with the term ‘fat bomb’ it refers to a keto snack that is high in fat providing a quick, high fat snack.
Try out Chocolate Covered Katie’s chocolate nut butter fat bomb recipe.
Strawberry cheesecake fat bombs
Another version of a sweet fat bomb is a cheesecake fat bomb. Made with cream cheese, coconut oil or other fat, and strawberries. These are delicious!
Low Carb, So Simple! has a great strawberry cheesecake fat bomb recipe.
Keto granola go-bag
Put a cup or so of keto granola in a ziplock bag with some powdered coconut milk or other powdered milk. When you are ready to eat just add the amount of water suggested in the powdered milk instructions. Shake up the baggie till everything is mixed and then eat away.
Olives and pickles
Olives and pickles are easy to throw in a ziplock bag and super easy to eat on the trail.
Beef jerky (sugar free)
Find a sugar free beef jerky option at your local farmers market, grocery store, or online.
Sliced meat that hasn’t been marinated or cured in sugar water is a quick and easy snack.
Ketogenic backpacking meals
These meals are designed for backpackers. However, depending on the length and intensity of your hike it may be worth it to look into these meals you can make on the go.
Designed to just add boiling water.
Next Mile Meals is a company that offers ketogenic backpacking meals.
A great stove option for boiling water is the JetBoil.
Explore your own ideas
Come up with some keto snacks and variations that you enjoy by trying some of the above ideas and seeing what you like and don’t like. After a few hikes, you’ll find a few “go-to” snacks that are easy to put together and make hiking more enjoyable.
Have fun hiking and eating keto!
What is your favorite keto snack when hiking? Do you have a ‘go to’ option that you really enjoy? Share in the comments below.
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