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3 Favorite Hiking Supplements
Health & performance are important to us. We are also on a budget too so we can’t spend hundreds of dollars a month on supplements. These are the only 3 supplements we buy because they are totally worth the money!
Liquid Electrolytes are our go-to supplement for hard hikes. We don’t drink gatorade or sports drinks because of the sugar & food dyes but on really strenuous hikes we need something to help us stay hydrated and liquid electrolytes have been a game changer especially in the heat or high elevation.
Onnit’s Total Human is another supplement that we swear by. The day and night packs have everything you need to boost performance and enhance recovery including fish oil, zinc, magnesium, and B vitamins. But what really makes them a win for hikers and endurance athlete is their unique formulas- stron bone & shroom tech sport.
Last, is NAKED’s Pea Protein. Again, we don’t like anything gmo or made with sweeteners, chemicals, or containing bad oils, which is hard to find in supplements these days. We love that all of NAKED’s products including some of our other favorites like their BCAA’s, creatine, glutamine, gut health, and super green powder are just that without any fillers, sweeteners, or weird chemical additives.
Our Favorite Hiking Gear
With a family as big as ours, it’s been a priority for us to find gear & clothing that is either inexpensive or lasts a long time. Download your printable hiking pack list here.
- REI Co-op 22L Pack: In 7 years of serious hiking this is the best day hiking backpack we’ve ever used.
- La Sportiva Bushidos: Our all time favorite hiking shoes for both men and women. We use them for all our rock climbing approaches, mountain biking, and running. Price Comparison:
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- HydroBlu Water Bottle: Comes with a Clear Flow filter so you can drink right from a stream or waterfall
- Stance Socks: Our favorite absorbent and warm socks for hiking.
- [Women’s] Kuhl Trekkr Hiking Pants: We love the scrunch look on the legs
- [Women’s] Kuhl Splash Roll Up: Great for water crossings and rock climbing
- [Mens] Kuhl RADIKL Pants: Sturdy and midweight for rugged mobility and warmth
- Hoodie: Stay warm in style with our Defy the Norm hoodies. St George only gets mildly cold so you don’t need the warmest of the warm jackets here. Check out durable Defy the Norm hoodies and spread good vibes out on your hike!
- Patagonia down sweater: Everyone owns one of these and we use them pretty much daily!
- Sun Bum sunscreen: Lightweight and protective. Great for when you have to re-apply often because it’s not goopy or oily.
- Defy the Norm long sleeve sun layer: A lightweight long sleeve is essential in the summer to protect and you can do so in style with our Defy the Norm series.
- [Womens] CRZY Yoga shorts: They fit just like our fav Lulu Lemon running shorts but cost 1/2 the price!
- CRZY sports bras: Again, super cute for 1/2 the price.
- [Mens] Black Diamond Notion Shorts: The boys’ favorite sturdy and lightweight hiking shorts.
- Lightweight Defy the Norm tee or tank: Early in the morning before the sun gets harsh, you’ll want to have apparel that keeps you cool. Check out our radical line of outdoor apparel to Defy the Norm with us.
- Hat & Sunglasses
- Collapsible Hiking Sticks: While we don’t hike with hiking sticks because we are in really good shape, there have been a few times that we wished we had a pair of ones so that we could strap them to a small backpack and not deal with carrying them the entire hike.
- Woolx is our go-to for staying warm when hiking & backpacking: Men’s Backcountry Leggings, Men’s Explorer Base Layer Top, Women’s Hanna Long Sleeve Base Layer Top, and Women’s Leggings
Our Favorite Trail Cookie Recipe
Over the past few years it’s become harder and harder to find bars that don’t have bad ingredients in them. Personally, I prefer not to eat any bar that has soy lecithin, canola oil, sunflower oil, or any combo or rancid oil and soy. I won’t even eat bars with stevia or monk fruit even though they are supposedly fine for your health. I pretty much only eat foods that you can trace back to a mom or a seed so baking every night so that we have healthy snacks for our hiking and adventures has become routine in our house. Even as personal trainers, we recommend our clients eat these cookies instead of grabbing a muffin at the coffee shop for breakfast. Give these cookies a try and let us know if you love them as much as we do.
Ingredients for our famous trail cookies (makes 24 cookies)
- 2 Medium Ripe Bananas
- 2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Peanut or Almond Butter
- 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 3 Tbsp Honey
- 1 1/2 Cup Gluten Free Rolled Oats
- 1/2 Coconut Flour
- 1/2 Cup Almond Flour
- 1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips
- 1/4 Cup Raisins
- 1/2 Cup Crushed Walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, mash bananas.
- Add in the eggs and mix.
- Add in the nut butter, coconut oil, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder, & honey and mix well.
- Add in the oats & flours and mix again.
- Fold in the chocolate chips, raisins, and walnuts.
- Scoop 2 tbsp amounts onto your cookie sheets and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Hiking Fitness Program: Fit To Hike
Hey! Did you know that we have been strength and conditioning coaches for almost 30 years now and specialize in creating customized workouts specifically for your body type and goals. Victor is a injury rehab magician and can heal almost anything so don’t let aches and pains hold you back. We are here to help you enjoy your life to the fullest!
You can download the workout pdfs here. We sell the entire Fit To Hike program for only $39 here. If you have any questions or need help with injury rehab or a customized strength program, schedule a single appointment with Victor. If you’re just looking for accountability and someone to coach you through the workout, we have a personalized 6 week Fit To Hike program that you can sign up for here.
Hope all this information helps you get outside more often and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.