Healthy Hiking Snacks [and a KIND Bar Giveaway]

It’s basically a requirement to go hiking on a regular basis if you live in San Francisco. I have lived up to my expectations and go hiking on a nearly weekly basis. I actually am going through hiking withdrawal currently after being home for two weekends. Hopefully it gets cured this weekend.

Anyway, one of the best parts about hiking is food. Isn’t the best part of most things food? Anyway, I love the idea of packing a picnic for hikes and also eating after a hike. Sometimes though you just need healthy hiking snacks to keep hanger at bay.


the best homemade granola bars | almost getting it together

These granola bars are affectionately called crack bars.

  • The Best Homemade Granola Bars via Almost Getting it Together
  • Five Ingredient Trail Mix Cookies via Uproot From Oregon
    Upgrade your usual trail mix with Marisa’s cookies. They are super easy to put together and a great way to use up any lingering trail mix, nuts or seeds you have in your pantry.
  • Cinnamon and Sage Almonds via The Almond Eater
    If you don’t know whether or not you want sweet or savory, these cinnamon and sage almonds are a perfect compromise. Plus, they are full of protein and fiber and healthy fat! #triplewin
  • Pumpkin Spice Plantain Chips via The Healthy Maven
    I know we are months away from pumpkin season but if you’re looking for a little crunch to pack with you on your hike, these plantain chips will definitely fit the bill.
  • Chocolate Cherry Hazelnut Energy Bites via Almost Getting it Together


Store Bought


Perfect hiking snack: KIND Bars. Photo credit: @KINDSnacks Instagram

  • KIND Bars
    I’ve basically been a fan of KIND Bars forever. Often when I’m hiking I find I start craving salt and savory and not anything sweet, which kind of rules out a lot of typical snacks. Their STRONG & KIND bars are my new favorites, especially the Honey Mustard because I love all things mustard.
  • Fruit
    Grab an apple, stick it in your bag and you’re good to go. Clementines, pears or dates are all good options. Don’t pack a banana because that will just get smushed and gross in your bag.
  • Cheese and crackers
    This is if you’re like me and aren’t too worried about food safety. Pick a hard cheese that can be out of refrigeration for a while and sturdy crackers like Rainforest crackers. Put them in a tupperware container to keep them from getting crushed.

My friends at KIND are giving you the chance to have 10 hikes hunger-free with a 10 pack sampler of their STRONG & KIND bars. They pack 10 grams of protein, are soy and whey free and have ingredients you can see and pronounce, unlike other bars. I’ll choose one winner at random on Wednesday, May 21st. If you’re looking to win other things this week, head over to Running with SD Mom and Erica Finds for even more giveaways.

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KIND is currently giving back to the community with a $10,000 grant each month to a socially-impactful cause through KIND CAUSES. You can head over to their website and cast your vote for this month’s winner.

Chat with me:
What snacks do you pack on hikes? Are you a sweet or savory snack person?

47 comments on “Healthy Hiking Snacks [and a KIND Bar Giveaway]

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Susie @ SuzLyfe on May 13, 2015 7:12 am

The Thai sweet chili is my favvvve. And for this Chicagoan, I would consider just walking up one of the hills to be a legit hike!
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Amanda @ .running with spoons. on May 13, 2015 8:21 am

I’m pretty sure I’d die on a hike if I didn’t pack snacks! Homemade granola bars are probably my favourite things to bring, but if I’m too lazy to make them, then just tossing some almonds, dates, and chocolate chips in a baggie is good enough for me :)
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emily on May 13, 2015 8:37 am

gotta go both sweet and savory! I like to bring a banana with a packet of almond butter, some good quality beef jerky, trail mix from the bulk bins, and of course water.

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Alyssa @ RenaissanceRunnerGirl on May 13, 2015 8:52 am

I definitely have to make my own snacks for hiking because of the stupid tree nut allergy – I need me some GF, TNF snacks all day long!

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Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on May 13, 2015 10:20 am

I’m a sweet and savory snack person! haha I think I just like food too much! I’m so jealous of all the gorgeous trails you have where you live!
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Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon on May 13, 2015 10:47 am

Uh yum. You know how much I love my snacks! Thanks for sharing my trail mix cookies. I need to get my hands on those fancy KIND bars stat!
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Amy Lauren on May 13, 2015 11:00 am

I am more of a sweet snack person but I would love to try these because it’s a savory bar and I haven’t ever seen those! I don’t hike much but I would probably eat these for an afternoon snack.
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Gabrielle @ on May 13, 2015 11:32 am

I saw those Kind bars at my local gas station the other day and was wondering what they taste like. Very curious to try!

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Amanda C. on May 13, 2015 11:33 am

Hiking is synonymous with PB&J sandwiches and homemade gorp. I am a huge Kind bar fan but haven’t tried the Strong & Kind yet! Thanks for posting.

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Amanda F on May 13, 2015 12:02 pm

I like fruit and almond butter packets (bananas and apples are my jam!). I also like to pack popcorn in a container so it doesn’t get crushed. Sweet and savory to match whatever mood I am in!

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Chastity on May 13, 2015 12:30 pm

I need to see if my son will eat these – he’s such a picky eater! We usually pack chips and apple sauce for our hikes.
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Ang @ Nutty for Life on May 13, 2015 12:35 pm

I’m still reminiscing about how good that honey mustard bar was.
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Jo @ Living Mint Green on May 13, 2015 1:35 pm

I’m going through hiking withdrawls too! I haven’t gone on a decent hike (aka summitting a mountain) in weeks and it’s killing me. I’m hoping to get back at it this weekend.
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Tracey on May 13, 2015 2:13 pm

I like a combination of both sweet and salty, so trail mixes are great! Also lately I’ve been bringing SunRype bars with me. Not too sweet and they’re nice a thin so don’t weight down the pack :)
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Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog on May 13, 2015 2:25 pm

Hanger is a real problem, hiking or not. Haha! These crack bars sound like something I need to try…
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ali on May 13, 2015 2:40 pm

savory for sure! and yes…. always pack snap bras for hikes, drives, rungry times :)

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Judith on May 13, 2015 2:46 pm

Savory! I love dried seaweed!

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latanya t on May 13, 2015 2:46 pm

I am a sweet person.

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Tessa on May 13, 2015 3:07 pm

I like both. These would be great on hikes!

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by Michelle Westbrook on May 13, 2015 3:20 pm

It’s pretty much a requirement to hike in Northeast PA as well :)
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Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness on May 13, 2015 3:34 pm

Ahh yes, living in SoCal I feel the same way about hiking and I go about once a week too! I’m most definitely a sweet person and I often pack granola and protein bars on my hikes.
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine on May 13, 2015 4:58 pm

I like my snack to be savory! I have one of these bar in the pantry…but haven’t tried it yet! AH!
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Ben T on May 13, 2015 6:45 pm

I am usually more of a savory person when it comes to eating. When it comes to hiking snacks I love chia bars, some nuts, and a few peanut butter sandwiches!
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ganeeban on May 13, 2015 7:49 pm

KIND, saved me on Half Dome. I had about three of them for that hike! I can’t get behind their new line…but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE their older stuff. I have tons of Almond Coconut, I could eat one every day! I still love the company, but just not feeling the new line! xoxo, ganeeban
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Wehaf on May 13, 2015 7:53 pm

I bring fruit, dried fruit, and granola bars. I like a mix of sweet and savory snacks.

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Farrah on May 13, 2015 8:03 pm

I’m a fan of sweet or savory! :D I usually pack energy bars + fruit with me!
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Erica @ Erica Finds on May 14, 2015 7:03 am

I like both sweet and savory, but savory tends to fill me up and not create a non stop hunger like sweet. I like nuts and trail mix for hiking and energy bars. I love the savory Kind bars! (Thanks for linking up!)
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Renata on May 14, 2015 8:08 am

I’m a sweet girl and usually will pack a protein bar and some dried fruit like figs and dates my favorite! Thank you!

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Ray on May 14, 2015 9:25 am

I enjoy sweet and pack trail mix with nuts and fruit!

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Whitney on May 14, 2015 4:47 pm

I am definitely a sweet snack person, but lately I’ve been into snacking on roasted nuts (especially almonds) w/ sea salts.. but I’ll have a piece of fruit too, so that is still sweet. I do really like those Kind bars though!
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Holly E on May 14, 2015 5:02 pm

I love trail mix for hikes and I am a sweet person.

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paige c on May 14, 2015 6:07 pm

I always back trail mix and bars for hikes/outing, I love sweet stuff usually, but would love to try these bars too! I love kind bars

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Caroline on May 14, 2015 7:36 pm

It depends…I was always a sweet snack person, but have been trying to go more savory…

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GiGi Eats on May 14, 2015 10:37 pm

I cannot wait until there is a bar out there that I can eat! I want to make it but my friend who currently is creating a food product scares me from even attempting to mass produce anything – lol
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Georgia on May 15, 2015 11:40 am

I usually pack bars like Quest or Larabars. And I like sweet!

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Rosie on May 15, 2015 4:46 pm

I love both sweet and savory! It is easier to bring sweet snacks, as I also love healthy chips but too hard to bring. I make my own trail mixes.

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Jeffrey on May 16, 2015 4:02 am

I like my snacks sweet and normally pack some sort of energy bar, nuts/seeds or fruit when I am out on the trail.

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Rachel@ Athletic Avocado on May 16, 2015 12:13 pm

Great round up! I love kind bars! Yum! :)
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Yoojin on May 16, 2015 2:03 pm

usually i’m a total sweets person but on a hike, i like both sweet & salty! a nice trail mix is the best :)

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JW on May 17, 2015 10:15 am

My go-to hiking snack is fruit, sandwiches, and jerky. I’m definitely a savory person!
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Shannon on May 17, 2015 6:02 pm

I definitely prefer sweet snacks over savory. Most of the time though, I like a combo of both.

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Sarah N on May 17, 2015 7:08 pm

I love sweet snacks on a hike and often carry granola bars and dried fruit.

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Vangie K. on May 17, 2015 7:58 pm

I love packing fruit and lara bars for hiking snacks:)

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EVA on May 18, 2015 5:27 pm

Can I my walks to school/work a hike?! I don’t have a car and I’m in the heart of Chicago ALWAYS with a backpack full of a billion things. I’m like a hitchhiker! I always have at least 3 different types of snacks on me, and it’s a prune, Kind bar, and a pack of tuna with a spoon. Yes I carry silverware in my bag!

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Sadie B. on May 19, 2015 9:05 pm

I like to pack nuts and bananas for my hikes!

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Brittany @ Green Global Travel on May 29, 2015 2:45 am

Yum. All of these snacks are great. When I go hiking I like to make myself a really good sandwich to eat at the top. There’s nothing better than some quality homemade food while you’re out in the woods. Thanks for sharing!

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