3 Superfood Hacks to Get More Greens on the Trail
When it comes to eating healthy – when you’re green inside, you’re clean inside. But how can you get green inside when you’re out hiking in the wilderness and there aren’t any stores around to buy anything? Simple. With these 3 Superfood Hacks to get more Greens On-trail.
These pack-friendly treats aren’t just green but are easy to enjoy and quick to prepare ahead of time; plus I’ve included a Bonus Hack that’s not to be missed on how to truly get more “green” out of your greens.
2017 – Health Hacks with Aria Zoner
3 Superfood Hacks to Get More Greens On-trail
Green Superfood Hacks #1: Dehydrated Kiwi
Dried kiwis are an incredible snack when prepared correctly.
***Buyer Beware: Not all dried kiwis are the same!
Organic dried kiwi can be found in health food stores or prepared at home using a dehydrator. To make your own, first remove the peel then cut the fruit into ½” slices. Second, place the slices in a bowl then spritz them with fresh lemon juice. Next, place the slices on an open mesh dehydrator tray then close the dehydrator and set the temperature to 115° – overnight. When properly dried, the slices should still be pliable. In the morning, squeeze any puffy spots to make sure that no juice is left. Cool to room temperature before bagging.
Once dried, these sweet and vitamin-rich green fruits can be eaten now or put in a resupply box for later.
Green Superfood Hacks #2: Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
For this hack it’s time to think outside the produce box.
Head to the bulk food bin and grab a bag of raw Organic Pumpkin Seeds. No additional steps are required before snacking but there’s plenty more to explore with this seed, should you chews to continue. If so, grab your cooking pot and soak the seeds overnight in water. In the morning, drain and eat them “soaked” or go one step further and dry them at 110° for a few hours to create Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds – excellent when coated with cashew butter and herbs then sent ahead in a resupply box.
*Raw pumpkin seeds can be soaked for 5-6 days then eaten once they’ve truly sprouted – when a taproot appears.
Just remember, sprouting foods are living foods and will keep you doing the same!
Green Superfood Hacks #3: Superfood Powders
With Superfood Powders, a little goes a long way.
Dried Superfood Powders are found in the bulk food department or in convenient pre-mixed blends. Products like these allow you to get a wide variety of green foods no matter where you’re at in life. They can be added to nut butters, bar recipes, salad dressings, or protein shakes.
Here’s a few of the most potent green Superfood Powders available:
- Wheat Grass
Superfood Powders provide an instant snack and are as light as a feather yet worth their weight in gold!
Bonus Green Hack:
Because when you’re green inside, you’re clean inside!
The green pigment that we see in plants and natural food sources is known as chlorophyll. This magical molecule allows plants to convert light into energy. However, it’s also a powerful nutrient when consumed. The secret to absorbing chlorophyll is hidden in the fact that it’s oil soluble; which is the real reason why salad is served with dressing. Liquid dressing can be skipped if adding-in an adequate fat source – such as avocado – but carrying a small bottle of olive or coconut oil to ensure that you have some is highly recommended. Lightly drizzle the oil onto store bought or freshly harvested wild greens or add a tablespoon to your Superfood Shake.
Get more greens on-trail by eating:
- Dried Kiwis
- Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
- Green Superfood Powders
- *BONUS – Olive Oil
And while you’re busy snacking green, don’t forget to eat the rest of the rainbow too!
*During 2017, I’m releasing 3 new Health Hacks each month here at The Trek. To catch up on the year so far, check out my author page – Aria Zoner
For additional tips on wellness, nutrition & long-distance hiking, visit me at Whole Food Hiker.
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