Whether you prefer a long leisurely stroll or you’re an avid hiker, late summer and early autumn is the perfect time of year to get out and enjoy nature. But just because the summer sun isn’t as strong doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare accordingly. In addition to staying hydrated with plenty of water, the right snack foods will keep you energized throughout your hike.

While it may be easier to pack a few granola bars of the commercial variety, you can avoid high sugar content and preservatives by making your own.

Vitamix Granola Bars are easy to make and even easier to take with you on the go.

Sustained energy is found in the form of complex carbohydrates, which is why it’s important for long-distance runners and hikers to fuel up on foods like whole grains, rice, and pasta. Below are some great options for carb intake:

Nuts of any kind are a great, all-natural snack for hiking on your favorite bread.

Or try these other great recipes to take on-the-go: