The best snacks for an active day are light (aka easily digestible), packable & often calorie dense (like dried fruit & nut butters). I don't really like to fuel up on heavier processed grains, like bread, but that's just me. I prefer the carbs & energy come from fruit & psuedo-grains (quinoa, buckwheat, etc); oats feel ok too. Dave & I usually don't stop for large meals, but snack throughout the day instead. Heavy meals would draw the blood away from our limbs & mean longer recovery (while the food digets) until we could get back to the fun.
Our summer favorites have been apples, grapes, dates, dried figs, dried mulberries (Eisley loves these), nut butter, quinoa salads & homemade granola bars.
These are awesome. In the course of three days, I have made two batches of a variation of Anne's granola bars. They are my favorite to date.
Granola Bars with Sunflower Seed Butter
1 & 3/4 cup rolled oats
1 cup crisp brown rice cereal (look for minimal ingredients*)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons finely ground flaxseed
a couple pinches sea salt
1/2 cup brown rice syrup
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Before mixing the dry ingredients in a large bowl, lightly dry toast the pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds & coconut in a medium saute pan. In a separate oven or microwave-safe bowl, mix together the wet ingredients & heat until they mix more easily. (I put them in the oven at 300*F for a few minutes until it was slightly runny.)
Pour wet ingredients into dry & mix until completely & evenly distributed. (It will be sticky & initially difficult to start; but it will come together, just keep mixing.) Press the mixture into a shallow pan. Refrigerate to allow it to firm, then cut into 12 squares.
*I found my brown rice cereal in the bulk section at New Frontiers. It has only three ingredients: rice, fruit juice, sea salt.