5 Ultra-Light Backpacking Foods for Long Day Hikes

The summer months are great for taking long hikes, either solo or with the family. Wherever your wanderlust takes you, your appetite will surely follow. According to OutdoorsNW, adults need between a half and a pound of food per day while hiking. Luckily, Hickory Farms has come up with five foods that are easy to bring along on hikes, so you can reach each peak and summit with energy to spare. Below are some of our favorites.

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The sweet yet salty taste of homemade Thai Beef Jerky is a compact snack that will last a month if stored in an airtight container and refrigerated until the day of your hike. Three pounds of sirloin tip makes a pound and a half of jerky. Just add honey, soy and fish sauce and some ground coriander. It’s simple and delicious!

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Nuts can be a healthy component of most diets, containing both carbs and protein. Our Mixed Nuts Gift Tin features a trio of pecans, cashews and almonds you can portion into baggies for a quick on-the-go snack as you’re hiking along and checking out the surrounding flora and fauna.

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When you’re ready to sit down and catch your breath, break out the cheddar and crackers, using your trusty utility knife to slice the cheese. Our Cheese Trio Gift Box with two flavors of cheddar and Mission Jack Blend taste great when paired with our Olive Oil & Rosemary Crackers, and can easily fit in a knapsack. Our Summer Sausage is also a good choice to bring this snack full circle.

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Dried fruit, either alone or as part of a trail mix with GORP (good old raisins and peanuts), is both tasty and highly portable. It’s a favorite of hikers everywhere.

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Firm-skinned fresh fruit like oranges, apples and pears are full of juices that keep hikers hydrated. Just remember to bring along your water too.

Hickory Farms has plenty of fruit and nut selections and pantry essentials to make any hike a gourmet experience. Order online today or call 800.753.8558 for home delivery.

Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

With so much fresh produce finally in season, it’s fitting that June should be National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Crisp veggies are not only delicious, but they’re also fantastic for your health. They provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, which may help reduce your risk of disease. You can take part in this health initiative by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet and by following a few of the healthy eating tips below.

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  • If you love exploring new things, one of the simplest ways to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables is to pick out something out of the ordinary. Peruse farmers’ markets, produce aisles and fruit stands for unfamiliar fruits and veggies.You can also enjoy cooking different recipes and experimenting with flavors.
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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  • Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your breakfast and lunch. Throw a chopped banana or sliced strawberries into your cereal, or stuff your turkey sandwich with extra veggies, such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and avocado.
  • Keeping fruits and vegetables easily visible will help encourage you to reach for them when you’re hungry. Place a bowl of apples, oranges and pears on the table for a beautiful display that can also double up as a quick and healthy snack.
  • Rethink your meal planning strategy. Rather than choosing your protein and then your side dishes, start by thinking about which veggies you’re going to incorporate into your meal and plan the entree from there.
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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  • Choose fruit for dessert. Top berries with a spoonful of whipped cream for an easy sweet treat that still provides you with tons of nutrients.

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With these simple tips, you can celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month by effortlessly adding more fresh produce into your meal. For a great starting point, order one of our gourmet fruit baskets from Hickory Farms. With a colorful variety of fresh fruits, these baskets are a convenient way to eat better and get healthier. Who knows, you might even start celebrating this delicious month more often!

Cook Up a Delicious Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show your mother how special she is in your life, so give her the star treatment with a day of total pampering! You can make this day a little more special by starting it off with a special breakfast packed with ingredients from Hickory Farms. Our fantastic Mother’s Day breakfast ideas will show her just how much you care.

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The Traditionalist

For the sophisticated mom, opt for a breakfast classic, like a French-style omelet. Start by preparing your eggs by mixing them with a bit of cream and a dash of salt and pepper. Put the mixture in a heated, greased pan and flip when it solidifies on one side.

To make your filling, sauté an assortment of veggies, such as peppers, onions, artichokes and spinach, along with one of our delicious summer sausages. Place the filling and grated Hickory Farms cheese on top of the cooked egg and fold.

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The Experimenter

For the mother who loves options, prepare some classic waffles and serve with tons of fun toppings. To make a simple waffle batter, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt with a couple eggs, milk, a dash of vanilla and a bit of melted butter. Heat up a waffle iron and cook the batter to a delicious golden brown. Serve the waffles with a collection of toppings, including syrups and jams, as well as an assortment of fruits and nuts from our Dried Fruit Collection.

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The Health Nut

If your mother is something of a health nut, make her a delicious breakfast she’ll truly appreciate. Start with a big bowl of quinoa and mix in a bit of peanut butter, a dash of honey and chopped fruit from our Very Special Variety Fruit Gift Box.

 

Pure Decadence

For mothers with a sweet tooth, give them the gift of true indulgence with a chocolate-filled breakfast. Bake a rich chocolate cake and top it with our Pastel Chocolate Dutch Mints for added texture and flavor.

With these four delicious breakfasts and some fine ingredients from Hickory Farms, you can treat your mother to a special breakfast she deserves every day of the year.