Stay Fueled for Winter Sports with High-Energy Food

February 10, 2014

You can easily burn 4,000 calories a day or more on a cold-weather adventure, which makes it crucial to consume sufficient high-energy food for body heat and go-power.

  • Carbohydrates, especially simple sugars, provide the fastest energy and should be your primary source of daytime calories.
  • Energy bars and candy bars turn into rock-hard bricks in the cold. Keep them warm in a pocket inside your layers or your teeth and jaw muscles will suffer.
  • Easier eating alternatives include fig bars, crackers, and hard pretzels, all of which pack significant (75 to 125) calories per ounce.
  • Break up chocolate into little pieces that quickly melt in the mouth. A Thermos of hot chocolate provides quick energy and a delicious way to hydrate. If you’re camping in the cold, load up on fat-rich foods for dinner, which provide sustained energy for nighttime warmth.
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Matt Heid

Equipped blogger Matt Heid is AMC's gear guru: He loves gear and he loves using it in the field. While researching several guidebooks, including AMC's Best Backpacking in New England, he has hiked thousands of miles across New England, California, and Alaska, among other wilderness destinations. He also cycles, climbs, and surfs.