Walking is a great physical exercise activity that requires endurance. When walking for two hours or more, refueling energy stores can be done with portable walking energy snacks. These are foods that can be taken along and eaten while on the move. This includes fruits, vegetables, energy bars, trail mix, energy gels, and sports drinks that can replenish the body. However, depending on when an individual goes for a walk, they need to think about breakfast or lunch nutrition before engaging in the walk. This will help to get the most benefits from the snacks, as well as, what to have after the workout for recovery.
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Walking Energy Snacks
Individuals walking for a long time will want a snack – before, during, and after. There are various options to choose from. Individuals may want to experiment with various snack and drink options to find the right balance of carbs, fat, and protein so that the body gets the energy it needs without feeling weighed down or hungry soon after. The ideal walking energy snacks should be healthy, full of energy, and easy to eat on the move.
- Fruit snacks are great for the all-natural carbohydrate burst.
- Bananas are great for potassium.
- Apples, oranges, and raisins are also recommended packable snacks.
- For certain individuals, the fiber in some fruits can get digestion moving, requiring a restroom, so plan ahead.
- Some individuals can eat fruit regularly but may have an upset stomach during walking, which is why experimentation may be necessary.
- Nutrition bars can provide vitamins and minerals and protein but can be high in calories.
- Check the labels to choose the balance of ingredients that’s best for you.
- Energy bars offer a healthy combination of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
- They are convenient for a snack when on a walk.
- Most products utilize peanuts/other nuts or soy for protein.
- Individuals may want to avoid chocolate-covered bars, as they can melt.
- Trail mixes are the original energy bar.
- Individuals can mix their own, buy in bulk, or pre-packaged.
- Trail mix contains nuts for protein, raisins or other dried fruit for carbohydrates, and chocolate or carob for taste.
- The salted varieties can help replace electrolytes.
- Be aware of portion control, as trail mix is often high in fat and calories.
- Energy gels provide a carbohydrate boost designed for individuals doing endurance events and activities.
- Energy gels need to be taken with water for carbohydrate digestion.
- There are some that can be taken without water but may not provide as much energy.
- For individuals that walk fast and breathe hard, energy gels can be safer than chewing and possibly choking.
- Newer brands are trying to be natural and less sweet.
Energy and Sports Drinks
- Water is not enough to keep the body hydrated on long walks.
- Sports drinks with sugar and salt replenish H2O and electrolyte levels more thoroughly when walking for more than an hour helping to prevent dehydration and hyponatremia/low salt levels.
- It is recommended to avoid:
- High-caffeine energy drinks in small cans, as they have too much caffeine and not enough hydrating water.
- Sports and energy drinks with additives and herbs, which do not help on walks, and look for those with salt and carbohydrate replacement.
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