Real food for fall adventures.
High intensity training is over for the summer, so it’s time to leave the sports drinks, gels, and chews in the cupboard for a bit and eat real food. Everything tastes better when the air gets crisp, anyway. You’ve already filled the larder with orchard picked apples and pears, but to round out the pantry try our triumvirate of fall favorites for healthy snacks to power hiking, late autumn biking, and the first tracks of the season.
For lunch we fuel the kids on thermoses of stew or gumbo. But between meals this season I’m bringing Sweetwood Jerky Company’s Fatty Meat Sticks. If you’re envisioning those skinny, salty, rawhide meat sticks from 7-Eleven, think again. The 2oz Fatty is as rich and juicy as a sausage straight from the charcuterie. All natural, nitrate free, and natural hickory smoked, this peppery snack satisfies. Best of all, they’re big enough to share. A couple of bites can stave off hunger for hours. 15 sticks per pack; $50; sweetwoodjerky.com
Generally speaking, granola bars are ho-hum: Either too chewy, too crumbly, or a melted mess when they’re opened. I’ve never been a fan, until I discovered Kind’s Maple Glazed Pecan and Sea Salt bar. With only five grams of sugar and six grams of protein, it’s prepackaged but somehow still delicious and healthy. Made with a blend of almonds, pecans, peanuts, crisp rice, honey, and sea salt, the bar hits the perfect balance of crunch and sweet-salty symbiosis. 72 bars per case; $100; kindsnacks.com
Honey Stinger’s Organic Gingersnap Waffle is America’s homage to European street food. Two wafer thin waffles sandwich a layer of ginger flavored honey. Stinger waffles are sweet without devolving into a sticky mess, and unlike a package of sport gel—which can feel like a fluoride treatment—they’re real food. The new ginger flavor is even easier on the stomach. Try warming them on a griddle over the camp stove and pair with a cup of steaming joe. 16 per box; $22.24; honeystinger.com —Sarah Peruzzi