4. Low-sugar energy drinks
Caffeine isn’t for everyone, but is okay for most people in moderation.
Caffeinated energy drinks can give you the energy boost and focus you need to complete that last mile of a tough hike, or keep you awake during a long weekend of camping.
Low-sugar energy drinks means you avoid the crash you often get with sugary versions.
If energy drinks aren’t your thing, then try tea for an alternative lower-caffeine hit. At a summer festival you probably don’t feel like drinking anything hot, so try chilled or iced teas instead. Bring it along in a flask or reusable bottle, and enjoy hydration with an extra energy boost.
Experiment with fruit or herbal teas for a more refreshing on-the-go drink. Green tea, for example, is full of polyphenols (micronutrients with antioxidant properties) which can help support your health1.
Take Home Message
Next time you’re packing for a festival or hike, make sure you’ve got some of these drinks and snacks! Just remember to stay hydrated and get a balance of protein and carbs.
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What are high energy and high protein snacks?
Classic trail mix made with nuts and seeds is both high-energy and high-protein.
What snacks give you energy?
If you haven’t eaten in a while, almost any healthy snack will give you some level of energy boost. But the best energising snacks are full of carbohydrates (our bodies’ preferred energy source) and vitamins. Wholegrain carbs are better than refined carbs for longer periods of exercise, since refined carbs that are higher in sugar will give you a quick spike in energy and then a crash. Vitamins such as vitamin B12 (which needs to be supplemented in a plant-based diet) can help reduce fatigue and maintain normal energy levels.
What are some healthy to-go snacks?
In this blog we’ve rounded up our top healthy to-go snacks, including: fresh fruit and veggies, trail mix, energy balls (with peanut butter, oats and protein powder), and popped or baked crisps.
What snacks should you take on a hike?
On a hike you need snacks with wholegrain slow-burning carbohydrates to maintain consistent energy levels, and protein to support muscle growth and repair. Just for practical reasons, you’ll also want something that doesn’t shed loads of crumbs or melt on hot days!
How do you eat healthy at a festival?
The biggest tip for eating healthy at a festival is to bring food you’ve prepped at home, since you can tailor it exactly to your nutritional needs and it’ll most likely be lower in added fat, salt and sugars than food at the festival. But that’s not always practical, especially for a 3 or 4 day event. So generally go for fruit, vegetables, and meals with whole foods like beans or brown rice.