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3 Favorite 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 & shroon 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. 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 collapsible ones so that we could strap them to a small backpack and not deal with carrying them the entire hike.
We used to love REI’s Flash 22 but their newer model isn’t as comfortable. I’ll update this when I find a new backpack that I love.
Shoes That Last & Perform
We’ve been hiking in La Sportiva Bushido’s for 7 years and while they do run about $100 (I always buy them during REI’s annual sales) they last us at least a year and sometimes even 2 years. That’s pretty amazing considering we not only use them for hiking 300+ miles a year, but also for all our rock climbing approaches, mountain biking, and running.
Shorts For 1/2 The Price
The girls and I love to hike and workout in Lululemon shorts and while we have a few and they do last a long time, we discovered these CRZY Yoga shorts and love that they fit almost as good and cost half as much. CRZY brand also has sports bras that we like too.
Honestly, I’d love to add a ton more budget products but the real reason we can travel full time and spend every day adventuring is because we are such minimalists. We each have a few Kuhl pants/shorts, Hylete leggings, one Patagonia down sweater each, & a few pair of Stance socks, that we wear all the time and have held up incredibly well to the test of daily adventures. And we pretty much only wear our swag for shirts and sweatshirts.
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.
Fit To Hike
You can download the workout pdfs here. If you have any questions or need help with injury rehab, a customized strength program, or accountability, schedule an appointment with Victor. He’s been a strength and conditioning coach for almost 30 years now and can fix pretty much any injury and help you enjoy your life more.
Hope all this information helps you get outside more often and enjoy the beautiful outdoors.