To say the coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented uncertainty all over the place would be the understatement of 2020. Just look at the ski and snowboard world, where resorts are scrambling to plan for a winter unlike any other — and adjusting much of what we love about a great ski vacation. On-mountain dining, for example, will see significant cutbacks, limits on capacity intended to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Believe it or not, many slopes are even urging skiers and snowboarders to BYO. Vail Resorts revealed in a statement that its properties “will encourage guests to bring water, snacks and other food with them on the mountain to ensure they stay hydrated and have the energy needed for their ski day.”
If there's an upside, it's that on-mountain food and drink is notoriously overpriced, so following this suggestion will undoubtedly save you money. With that in mind, here are five healthy and delicious snacks for your pack sure to keep you stoked and safe through a long day of mountain fun.
Hippeas Organic Chickpea Puffs
Hippeas are baked chickpea puffs made with chickpeas and rice flour. Aside from being organic, they are also vegan, non-GMO, dairy-free and nut-free. They pack a decent 4 grams of plant protein per serving and are available in a variety of flavors including Vegan White Cheddar, Nacho Vibes, Himalayan Happiness, Bohemian Barbecue and Sriracha Sunrise. Together with the brand's recently released range of tortilla chips, Hippeas offers a little something for everyone’s palate.
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle
Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle is an excellent hybrid of a brownie and cookie/cracker. If you are looking to satisfy your sweet tooth while on the mountain, it's a great way to go. Flavors include Mint Chocolate Chip, Salted Caramel and Toffee Crunch. Mountain riders looking for the best of both worlds will be stoked to know that the brand now offers KETO and Protein options, too.
Kate’s Real Food Tram Bars
If you want a top notch meal replacement bar, Kate’s Real Food Tram Bars are tough to beat. Made in small batches with only organic whole foods like nut butters, fruits and complex carbohydrates, they are an excellent choice for sustained energy. Fun names like Handle Bar and Tiki Bar highlight a variety of flavors. They also don’t freeze in cold conditions, a game-changing factor when the mid-winter temperatures become frigid.
Since launching its original Quest Bars, Quest has evolved into a full-blown food brand, offering chips, cookies and even pizza. However for your pack it might be best to stick with the original Quest bars or the new Peanut Butter Cups. With 11 grams of protein and only 1g of net carbs, this new take on the classic peanut butter and chocolate combo will satisfy more than your sweet tooth while you're out in the cold.
Tailwind Nutrition Mixes
Instead of handheld nutrition, how about filling the water reservoir of your pack with the electrolytes your body needs? Tailwind’s combination of fuel and electrolytes is easily absorbed by the body and has a lighter, smoother taste than others in the market. If you’re out for a long day in the backcountry, give the Endurance Fuel a try. For in-bounds action, the Starter Kit is a great option.