power snacks for backcountry riding & skiing
Written by Izzy Lazarus of The Mountain Guides
FOR SEVERAL YEARS OF MY LIFE, I was spending upwards of 200 days a year in the mountains. It was awesome, but I would often feel sluggish and bloated. What I ate was largely dictated by the contents of the “food room” at Outward Bound, and I didn’t give much thought to how my food affected my output. As I reflect, I can see that I was not getting what I needed to perform well, let alone enjoy my food...
In the last few years, I’ve tried just about every bar and trail mix in my local grocery store and spent many hours in my kitchen making some “hits,” along with a few others that went straight to the trash. I am at a point in my eating—I mean, riding career, where I’ve figured out what food properly fuels me for mountain missions without sacrificing flavor, texture, and nutrition.