Day Hiking Paleo

Sooo, how do you stay fueled on the trail and stick to your non-standard American diet?


It’s actually easier than you think.  AND, doesn’t always require you to make your own food.

On my hikes, I try to take items that are less perishable or lighter or pack more calories.  I usually try to balance ready made bars and snacks with homemade not only because it is cheaper but I have more control over the ingredients. I try to follow the same principles I do for my home food: stick to whole food ingredients and avoid nutrient poor fillers.


I love to experiment.  My food needs to be more salty or spicy than normal while hiking, sometimes food just isn’t as appetizing without the extra taste stimulation.

I often make things from scratch like jerky, dried fruit, and Garlic Cilantro Crackers but there just isn’t always time. I have bags of dried fruit (unsulfured, without added sugars and oils), nuts and seeds, and snack bars to supplement the cut up fruits and vegetables I normally have in the fridge. I mix these up to make things like my Bacon Trail Mix.  All the fun in one handful!

I usually shop at Costco, my local Asian market or the co-op by my house, looking for the things with least amount of additives. Online, I go to places like THIS.

I try to get a good mix of protein, fat and complex carbs and I worry less about sugar on the trail, opting as much as possible for sugar attached to fiber. Chocolate and honey sticks are usually my only exception!

The foods I typically eat break down mostly into two groups: plants and proteins.

My plants usually look like fruits and vegetables (fresh or dried):

  • Sliced apples
  • Easy-to-peel oranges
  • Bananas
  • Carrots, celery and jicama
  • I eat a lot of dates; solo, wrapped in prosciutto and goat cheese or in homemade bars like my Hickory Smoked Larabars.
  • Baked Nori is a great way to up your sea vegetables.
  • Guacamole and apple dips are delicious, too.


My proteins can look like:

  • Turkey sticks (cut from Costco turkey patties), quick and easy to prep the night before.
  • Prosciutto or salami
  • Jerky
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Nut or seed butters, either in packets or stored in mini plastic containers.
  • Raw and/or organic cheeses, especially goat. I love the individual ones at Trader Joe’s!
  • Paleo Hummus for my crackers and veggies.
  • Paleo Falafel is a lot of fun and tasty, too.

Here are some of my recipes so you can get started eating well on the trail today!


You can read more about my meal planning along with examples on the following posts:


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