It’s said that the journey matters more than the destination. Staying fueled is an important part of a safe and enjoyable journey. When choosing food for a hike or outing, the key is to keep the food items simple, nutritious, calorie dense, and lightweight.

Many people are aware of the need for protein to keep the muscles working. Humans also need macro-minerals such as magnesium, calcium, manganese, and potassium. These directly help to maintain normal nerve and muscle function. Magnesium and manganese help regulate blood glucose levels. Kale chips are packed with some of these necessary nutrients.

 

Recipe: Dried Kale Chips

5-6 cups of freshly-washed kale
3/4 cup sesame tahini
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup shoyu or tamari
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules

Pat kale dry and tear into chip sized pieces. Blend all ingredients in a blender— except for kale—until smooth. Pour over kale in a bowl and stir until each piece is well saturated. Place in a dehydrator and dry at 115 degrees until crispy. This protein-wealthy treat is so tasty, you’ll want to include it on every hike. Substitute any nut butter of choice instead of sesame tahini. Think peanut, almond, cashew, or sunflower seed butters. // (Suzanne Tabert)