Ok, we’re going to make a generalization here and suggest that everyone gets the munchies when they’re busy out in the sun and fresh air. We all know it’s important to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water but what are the best options for snacking? Furthermore, what are the most convenient snacks when you’re on the water, whether you stay in your kayak or find a nice beach for a quick break. Here are our top 7 paddle snacks for your next day trip.
1. Apples and peanut butter
Apples are a great snack on the go because they travel well. Add an extra punch of energy by dipping your apple in peanut butter. Bring along a small container of your favourite nut butter and drop it in your drybag.
2. Nuts and dried fruit
Nuts are a great option for paddling. Try to avoid any that are heavily salted but lots of variety is still great including peanuts, almonds, cashews or walnuts. We like to avoid the ones in shells so you don’t have to worry about cleaning up. Dried fruit like banana chips, mango strips or apricots are great if you’re craving a bit of sweetness. These snacks can be high in natural sugar so mix them in with some nuts, seeds or granola to keep your snack balanced.
Another great snack for grazing is granola. Packed with whole grains you can dress it up however you like with nuts, dried fruit or even a little bit of chocolate. There are some good store bought varieties or you can choose to make your own.
4.Peanut butter and banana pinwheels
Feel like you need something a bit more hearty but want to keep it healthy and non perishable? Try this easy to do sandwich alternative. Use tortilla shells instead of bread to make it easy to roll and carry. Spread with a layer of peanut butter or your favorite nut butter. Cut half a banana into small pieces and sprinkle on top of the peanut butter. Drizzle a tablespoon of honey for extra sweetness. Then roll it up and cut into slices. Not a fan of bananas? Try your favourite jam instead for an easy PB&J option.
5. Roasted chickpeas
Craving something savoury but not really into nuts and seeds? Try roasted chickpeas. These crunchy bites can be made in many flavours from simple salt and pepper, to chili pepper or BBQ. They can be store bought or it takes only 30 minutes to make your own the night before your trip.
6. Bliss Balls
These little balls of joy are a great option when you want a punch of protein but want to avoid heavily processed sport drinks and bars. You can make these yourself with one of the many recipes online or you may find them in specialty grocery stores and cafés.
7. Veggies and hummus
While hummus isn’t really a non perishable, it certainly stands up better to the elements than dairy based spreads and dips. You can either make your own or there are lots of varieties and flavours available from most grocery stores. Chop up your favourite veggies like carrots, snap peas, cucumber and celery and bring a small container of hummus for dipping.
Hopefully that gives you some ideas on what snacks to bring on your next paddling trip. If you choose a full day tour with us we’ll supply lunch from a local Bowen café so you can simply paddle and enjoy the day.