• Autumn Bates, CCN, MS

5 Easy Hiking Lunch Ideas While Intermittent Fasting

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If you're Intermittent Fasting and you're planning on going on a hike, what should you plan to bring with you for when you break your fast? Today, I'm sharing what to consider when packing your lunch for a hike plus 5 easy hiking lunch ideas.


easy hiking lunch ideas

What Should You Eat On A Long Hike While Intermittent Fasting?

If you are hiking in the morning during your fast, it's important to break your fast with high quality sources of protein and fat. Protein is needed to provide amino acids for muscle recovery. Fat is used as your energy source to keep you feeling satisfied without having to stop and eat every hour of your workout. Ideally, getting in a source of fiber will also help to keep you feeling full and satisfied, however this isn't always realistic while hiking.


Related: How Can You Tell If Intermittent Fasting Is Working?


easy hiking lunch ideas

5 Easy Hiking Lunch Ideas

Below are 5 super simple lunch (or "break-fast") options that you can bring with you on a hike to make sure you feel satisfied and energized.


easy hiking lunch ideas

Protein Packed Smoothie

Blending a smoothie and stashing it in a thermos is a super simple way to get all of the protein, fat and fiber you need in one meal. You can test out my Chocolate Covered Almond Smoothie with THIS recipe.


easy hiking lunch ideas

Jerky, Beef Sticks and Nuts/Seeds

For a non-perishable option that's lightweight and requires zero prep, you can opt for jerky or beef sticks paired with nuts and seeds. This gets straight to the point with your protein and fat needs in order to ensure you have the amino acids to aid in recovery from your hike. I love pairing jerky/beef sticks with a mix of macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and almonds. You can also throw some pumpkin seeds in their for a boost of magnesium.


Here are my jerky and beef stick recommendations:

  • Country Archer Zero Sugar Grass-fed Beef Jerky (found on Amazon HERE)

  • Chomps Grass-fed Beef Sticks (found on Amazon HERE)

  • Paleo Valley Grass-fed Beef Sticks (found on Amazon HERE)

Single Serve Tuna Packets With Olives

For a convenient on-the-go option, you can now buy individual packets of tuna and olives. This means all you have to do is tear off the top of the bag and dig in! Tuna helps provide a huge boost of high quality protein and the olives bring the satiating monounsaturated fats.


Here are my single serve tuna and olive recommendations:

  • Safe Catch Low Mercury Tuna (found on Amazon HERE)

  • Frutto d'Italia Green Pitted Olives (found on Amazon HERE)


easy hiking lunch ideas

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