February 12, 2015

High-Protein Snacks For Your Colorado Adventures

When you explore Colorado you'll find yourself getting hungry. Pack cheese and crackers or a couple hard-boiled eggs to keep you going until you reach the top.As a student of a Colorado culinary school, you are surrounded by incredible opportunities for adventure. Between the mountains, streams, skiing and bouldering?, you’re going to find yourself in need of a quick, high-energy snack. Try these ideas to keep you fueled while on the go:

Edamame
Edamame is a sweet, green vegetable that looks like pea pods but covered in a little fuzz. It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins and is super tasty when boiled with a little salt. Remove the pod and eat the beans as-is or on a leafy salad. Be sure to cook it before devouring. If you are allergic to soy, you’ll want to stay away from this little legume, as it is a soybean.

Hard-boiled eggs
These hearty snacks are super quick to make and will fill you up wherever you are. Boil a couple eggs the night before you head out on your outdoor exploits and you can toss them in a Tupperware for your trip.

Cheese and crackers
The longer your body takes to digest something, the more it will sustain your energy. Cheese and crackers are full of protein and fiber, both of which will keep you going for hours.

Jerky
Whether it’s made from turkey, buffalo, beef or another kind of tasty meat, this tough goodie packs a lasting punch. Jerky is full of protein and fiber, so it will stay with you for a while, plus it comes in many flavors like spicy or barbecue. You can even make your own jerky out of store-bought meats or animals you hunted. There’s nothing like enjoying a homemade batch of jerky during a fourteener.

Peanut butter and jelly
This classic lunchbox find is a favorite of parents for a reason – it’s tasty and good for you! Choose whole wheat bread for maximum fiber and nutrients, and spread on your favorite nut butter and jelly or jam. Slip the sandwich into a baggy or container and you’re good to go. This easy snack doesn’t require refrigeration, which is perfect for off-road excursions.

Veggies and hummus
Scoop some hummus into the bottom of a mason jar. Throw in your favorite raw veggies (carrots, peas, jicama and cherry tomatoes are great choices). Twist the lid shut and you’re ready to roll. Looking for a little extra flavor? Use garlic, jalapeño or red pepper hummus. You can also keep the veggies separate from the dip if you’re concerned about them getting a little soggy.