4 Foods to Pack For Long Bike Rides

Healthy Eating Friday, May 24, 2013 Written by

Your tires are pumped, your chain is greased and you’re ready to hit the trail for a long bike ride. But, before you head out, be sure to load up on something that will keep you going all day long – snacks. For the best results, skip the dense energy bars and gels and opt for real foods that are better for you and your body. Here are a few of our favorite healthy snack ideas to pack for the ride.

Make Your Own Trail Mix

Many store-bought trail mixes include a lot of sugar and sodium. For a healthier version, hit the bulk food aisle and put together your own trail mix. You can partition it out into small plastic bags for easy snacking on the go. This is some of the best energy food you can get. Here are the bulk bins to raid:

  • Whole, raw almonds
  • Raw walnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Hemp seed granola clusters
  • Banana chips
  • Dates
  • Raisins

Peanut Butter Bagel

When you really need fuel, a bagel sandwich hits the spot. This is a perfect balance of carbohydrates and fat that will keep you feeling full longer. Start with a whole wheat bagel, lightly toasted, and add natural peanut butter. For those needing a bit more flavor, add your favorite natural jam or honey. Cut this into four pieces and you’ve got bite-sized snacks for a longer bike ride.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

Though not technically a snack, it’s super important to stay hydrated throughout your bike ride. It’s so important that we’re making it one of our healthy snack ideas. So make sure you fill your water bottle before setting out and tip it back often during your ride. If you have two water bottles, even better.

Start the Day Right

It’s been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And this is even truer before a long bike ride. So, make sure you eat a good breakfast before you hit the road. A bowl of oatmeal or scrambled eggs and a banana will serve as a solid foundation and set you up for success.

Have a few snacks you always pack for a ride? Share your favorite healthy snack ideas in the comments!