3 Superfood Snack Recipes for the Trail

In this post I’ll be sharing 3 meals that have consistently sustained my energy levels and have time & again satisfied my hunger as I’ve been out adventuring on and training for long-distance trails. These Superfood Snack Recipes are easy to prepare ahead of time; and best of all, each of them can be modified to create almost limitless flavors and combinations. With a little bit of trial and error, a personalized and perfected blend can be created.

Let’s begin with breakfast then work our way towards dessert…

2017 – Health Hacks with Aria Zoner

– November –

3 Superfood Snack Recipes for the Trail

Superfood Snack Recipes #1: POWER OATS

Power Oats - by Aria Zoner


  • 1/2 cup of Organic Oats (whole or quick)
  • 2-5 tbsp. Fresh-ground Flax (Skip for Resupply Boxes)
  • 2-5 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Diced Organic Dried Fruits (Apple, Figs, Bananas, etc.)
  • Small handful of Organic Dried Berries (Blueberries, Cranberries, Raisins, etc.)
  • 10-20 dashes of Cinnamon
  • 3-5 dashes of Ginger
  • 2-4 dashes of Cardamon & Clove
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Coconut Oil
  • Honey (Optional)
  • Vanilla Powder (Optional)


  1. Place ingredients into a bowl or pot
  2. Add ~16oz of near-boiling water
  3. Stir then add-in more water if needed
  4. Wait 2-5 minutes before enjoying

Great replacement for:

  • Quaker Oat Packets
  • Dry Granola
  • Cereal or Energy Bars

Superfood Snack Recipes #2: KALE CHIPS

Kale Chips - by Aria Zoner


  • 1 bunch of Kale per 1-2 days
  • Large pinch of Sea Salt
  • 20-30 dashes of Curry Powder
  • 3-5 dashes of Cayenne
  • 1/4-1/2 cup Tahini (Optional)
  • 1 cup Zucchini & 1 cup Red Pepper – Blended (Optional)
  • 1 tbsp. of Olive Oil


  1. Wash Kale thoroughly & leave wet
  2. Strip from center stalk & place pieces into a large bowl
  3. Add other ingredients then drizzle-on the olive oil
  4. Mix by kneading (Gloves recommended here)
  5. Place onto dehydrator trays
  6. Dry at 120 degrees overnight – or until crispy

Great replacement for:

  • Salads
  • Chips
  • Crackers

Superfood Snack Recipe #3: PROTEIN SHAKE

Protein Shake Mix - by Aria Zoner


  • 2 tbsp. Amazing Grass Raw Reserve (Or similar base)
  • 1 tsp. Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Maca Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Lucuma Powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. Spirulina Powder
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Powder (Optional)
  • 1 tsp. Raw Honey (Optional)


  1. Place ingredients into a shaker jar and add 12-16oz of water
  2. Shake until powders have dissolved
  3. Serve immediately

Great replacement for:

  • Dairy-based Protein Shake Mixes
  • Carnation Instant Breakfast Mix
  • Nestle Quik

Shake - by Aria Zoner

Superfood Snack Bonus Recipe: TRAIL FUDGE

Trail Fudge - by Aria Zoner


  • A mix of prepared nut butters (Almond, peanut, cashew, etc.)
  • 2 tbsp. Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 1 heaping tsp. Raw Cacao Powder
  • Shaved Cacao Butter
  • 5-10 dashes of Cinnamon
  • Pinch of Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Powder (Optional)
  • 1 tsp. Raw Honey (Optional)
  • 1-2 tsp. Bee Pollen (Optional)


  1. Place all ingredients into a jar or container
  2. Stir until spices are dissolved
  3. Serve as a dip or spread

Great replacement for:

  • Plain Nut Butters
  • Candy Bars
  • Empty Calorie Sugar-based Chocolate or Fudge

I hope that these Superfood Snack Recipes get your creative juices flowing, especially when it comes to #foodforbackpacking. For more of my favorite Recipes for the Trail, and to submit your own, check out my feed at Whole Food Hiker. But while you’re here, let me know which ones of these are your favorite and how they were for you.

Until next time…chow!

*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 Whole Food Hiker.

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Comments 4

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    • Aria Zoner : Dec 31st

      Haha, thanks! I definitely walk to the beat of my own drum, but while listening to people who’ve accomplished what I’d like to. We all have lessons to teach. You like hip-hop? I think next year I might do a song’o the month series.

  • Ruth morley : Dec 29th

    Your posts are excellent. I always learn a lot. I just checked out your previous post about sugar cravings–superb! My trail name on the AT is Chocoholic, and I don’t care to give up my beloved dark chocolate. But reduce daily intake? Yes. You have given me good alternatives.

    By the way, based on info from other sources, I had a glass of water with 2 tsp of organic apple cider vinegar this morning. Surprisingly, I found it very satisfying, and was surprised to later realize that I had skipped my post-breakfast square of dark chocolate. Apparently the vinegar took care of my desire for a strong taste.

    Re:your kale recipe, I will definitely try this at home. It looks delicious. But when I took kale chips with me during my month on the AT last August, they very quickly morphed into kale powder.

    I look forward to exploring your website and following your blogs.

    • Aria Zoner : Dec 31st

      Great tip about the acv. I would add kombucha to that list of options too. I think if you got creative (cacao butter, cacao nibs, cacao powder, cacao beans), you could increase your intake of chocolate. It’s the refined sugar in refined chocolate that gives chocolate the bad rep, and people guilt (cancer and other emotional illnesses feed on those kind of emotions).

      I know what you mean about the kale pow but it’s sooo worth it, plus I like to add that to the soup just as I’m about to serve it. There’s never any leftovers of those, and so light!


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