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HIGH ENERGY SNACKS FOR FISHING AND CAMPING

When you are out camping, fishing and boating, it’s very easy to go for conveniently available snacks, soft drinks and tea or coffee to keep those hunger pains away for the day. We all fall into the same trap when filling up at the service station. In reality, convenient snacks are packed with sugars and fats which give us a short energy boost and leave us feeling groggy before too long. You will notice all the foods here in this list deliver a slow stream of energy. That compares with sweet snacks and junk food which deliver energy to your body fast, which is the reason why you crash shortly after consuming them.

When you are trying to keep your energy levels high, it is important to remember that you should never skip meals. That means you do really need to eat breakfast before you head out on a fishing trip, no matter how early in the morning it is. A bowl of cereal is a good start if anything else feels too much like hard work at 5am in the morning.

Once you go over 5 hours without food, your body is running on empty. Eating snacks regularly throughout the morning and afternoon to supplement lunch and then dinner to give yourself enough energy to enjoy yourself.

These healthy and high-energy snacks will be light on your wallet, they are good for you and you will be feeling alert all day.

OATMEAL

Oatmeal is packed with good stuff for your body. A lot of people are confused when they think about carbohydrates because they believe that carbohydrates simply lead to putting on weight. That is not the case at all. It depends on what carbohydrates you are eating. Whole grains like oatmeal are absorbed into the body slower and give longer lasting energy. Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast. Oatmeal also contains protein and B-vitamins.

YOGHURT

If you are feeling a little drowsy in the afternoon, yoghurt is an excellent snack for a quick pick-me-up. Yoghurt contains lactose which is a milk sugar, and that means energy. At the same time, yoghurt also contains a considerable amount of protein which slows down the absorption of the lactose, which makes the energy boost last longer.

STRAWBERRIES

Who would have thought that strawberries would be packed with energy? They contain natural sugar which is a much better choice of sugar than found in candy bars. Strawberries (and all fruit for that matter) contains loads of fibre which slows down the absorption of those sugars giving a constant and smooth supply of energy to your body.

BANANAS

Bananas are packed with B-vitamins and fibre. Bananas also contain potassium. Potassium helps muscle function so you have plenty of energy to keep you working your fishing rod and reel.

HUMMUS

Hummus is an easy snack to take with you in a lunch box. Combine it with wholemeal crackers and you have a meal that is packed with long-lasting energy. Hummus is made from chickpeas, which are a composition of carbs, protein, and fat. I was never big on raw vegetables until I discovered hummus. It is amazing how good a carrot stick can taste after being dipped in hummus.

WATER OR ICE

Take a good look at these ingredients above and you have an excellent smoothie. Water is also critical to feeling good throughout the day. You can buzz a smoothie so you have crushed ice and place it in a thermos. I like to add a few extra ice cubes to keep it colder for longer.

While water is not a food, it is important to ensure you consume plenty of water throughout the day.

If you have noticed, all of these foods have plenty of carbohydrates, fibre, sugars and some protein. Any food of this combination will give you long-lasting energy. And that’s the key to foods that keep you feeling alert and fresh throughout a day. Once you get your head around this principle, you’ll find there are many low-cost snacks that are so much better for you and they are more convenient than you first thought.

I’ve found once I changed the way I thought about snacks I lost the cravings for junk food and sugary snacks. I crave these healthy foods now. It is amazing how different you will feel.

 


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Jane F
jane.f@dinga.com.au

Jane loves camping, hiking and anything to do with the outdoors. She might love glamping but she will do it all.