Chocolate Lovers in the Backcountry

February 8, 2019

Chocolate is for many a treat and for others an essential part of their diet. On the trail, it is definitely a food that brings people together. It can also bring motivation or courage: I remember a guide feeding us chocolate before crossing a glacier fed river or when hours of hiking under cold rain was still needed. When it comes to its nutritional value cocoa contains epicatechin, an antioxidant, for which preliminary research suggests benefits for exercise performance. So really, all reasons are good to have chocolate on the trail!

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Get the good stuff

There is a ton of different chocolate products out there. I prefer to use a dark chocolate or a quality milk chocolate. Look for local chocolate factories or otherwise, consider getting a high-quality product like Lindt Chocolate.

Chocolate melts!

Planning to hike in hot weather? Good quality chocolate will melt fast and make a mess in your bag! I prefer to incorporate cocoa powder or roasted cocoa nibs in recipes to get my chocolate dose in hot weather.

Chocolate for breakfast? Oh Yeah!

Why limiting chocolate to snacks or desserts, when you can have some for breakfast? Here are some ideas to incorporate chocolate in your breakfasts for sweet mornings.

Snack on chocolate

Don’t forget dessert!

There is nothing like ending a backpacking day with a rich and satisfying dessert. And with chocolate, it is even better!

Sweet teeth, enjoy!

By Gen Masson, MSc, RD, CD

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