10 Best Natural Foods for Trail Rides

 

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When headed out on a trail ride, a good combination of carbs, protein, fats and essential vitamins and minerals does a body good. Foods that are easy to digest provide simple fuel that supports short bursts of energy, while those that contain more complex molecules break down slowly and are helpful for endurance. Next time you head out put a few of these minimally processed goods, straight from Mother Nature, into your backpack.

  1. Kiwis Kiwis – native to southern China, the kiwi is easy to carry, needs no preparation, and almost the whole fruit is edible including the skin. Kiwis provide water, vitamins C, K, and E, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acid. One of the most nutrient-rich foods consumed today, kiwis pack more potassium than any other low-sodium fruit.
  2. Bananas Bananas  – Bananas are a perfect snack to eat before and after intense exercise. Bananas provide us with vitamins C and B6 and also include a good dose of magnesium, potassium, and manganese needed for muscle building and repair. Ideal for swinging from tree to tree.
  3. ab  Almond Butter – not only does it taste great, almond butter is full of protein and contains just enough fat, making it perfect as a post-workout food. It’s also full of potassium, essential for maintaining electrolyte balance in the body. Almond butter comes in small convenient squeeze packs that can be found at your local health food store.
  4. kj Jerky- Salty and high in protein, all types of meat based jerky (and even vegetarian) make for a practical before and after workout food. It doesn’t spoil, is light and takes up little space in your pack. Look for packages without a large list of ingredients with artificial flavors and additives. And remember to go easy on the serving size because of the high salt content.
  5. Pomegranate seeds Pomegranate Seeds – The pomegranate, a berry cultivated in the Mediterranean basin, supplies the body with a good dose of fiber, simple sugars, Vitamin C, and potassium. The best way to carry this fruit is to mine the small fleshy seeds and store them in a non-crushable container. Popping the tart juicy seeds into your mouth mid-workout is both hydrating and invigorating.
  6. Cucumbers Cucumbers – Although low in calories, fat, and protein, one can’t deny the mouth-watering effect of the cucumber. The eating style reminiscent to the days of the one-handed mutton chop, the vegetable provides the body with necessary fiber and the water needed for its intake. Most of the veggie’s nutritional value is packed into its skin, so make sure to wash it before eating.
  7. Berries Berries – If wondering which trail to hit on a late summer day, opt for the one with wild berries growing alongside. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and huckleberries – all provide the body with antioxidants that can reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. In addition they supply the body with its ever-growing need for simple sugars during intense workouts.
  8. Pineapples Pineapples – Ever wondering how to cut a pineapple? Now is the time to learn. One cup of pineapple contains 87 percent of the recommended daily allowance of manganese and 100 percent of Vitamin C. Manganese is an important mineral for bone building and metabolism of cholesterol, carbohydrates, and amino acids. Nosh it on the trail or throw it on the grill for the après ride celebration.
  9. cr Carrots –  Sweet, orange (or purple) and full of Vitamin A, simple sugars, and fiber. Vitamin A supports vision and immune function needed to keep you on the trail. Paired with creamy almond butter, carrots work well as a post-workout food. For best results chew thoroughly.
  10. Avocado Avocado – Emphatically referred to as Mother Nature’s mayonnaise, the avocado supplies the human body with almost 20 essential vitamins and nutrients. Most notably the B-complex vitamins, which are important for protein and lipid metabolism making this fruit a great candidate for endurance activities and muscle repair after long workouts.