Nutrition for Mountain Hunting – Eating on the Go

I’ve had a lot of questions over the years about what we eat when we are mountain hunting. When it comes to mountain hunting, I have one priority: coming out of the hills with the best ram or billy I can. All my decisions are made with that goal in mind. I am not out there to relax or have Smores over the campfire. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Smore and a little Forty Creek around a campfire now and again as much as the next guy, but these are bonuses and saved for after a successful hunt (the Forty Creek) or with the family (the smores). Much of what to eat on a hunt depends on personal preference, but for our team, eating is all about keeping the machine fueled to be ready for whatever is coming at us next and keeping the packs as light as possible. We rarely stop for food breaks specifically but rather fuel on the go. Typically, we refuel and hydrate while glassing, as refuelling then won’t take away from the hunt. We are not out for a picnic when we are hunting but rather work under a well-thought-out plan that usually doesn’t include the pleasantries of other hunting styles.

Breakfast and dinners are usually the same – oatmeal/granola/coffee to start the day and some high-calorie freeze-dried meal to get some of the calories we’ve burned replenished after a long day. During the day, it is an ongoing feast of lightweight, portable snacks, electrolyte replacement and occasionally a protein powder or meal replacement powder. I aim for about 1500 cal of snacks per day. We usually pack some sandwiches for the first day or two, followed by a buffet of your typical trail mix, jerky, and bars. In all honesty, our team has consumed a lot of Snickers bars and Cheetos over the years, but we’ve replaced much of that with some healthier pre-packaged bar options (Pro-bar, Picky bars are favourites) and snacks we make at home that fuel us much better. I have noticed that the more processed junk I eat while hunting, the harder it is to get off the sugar when the season is over! The more sugar we eat – the more sugar we crave.

When picking snack foods, there are a few critical criteria:

  • the items must travel well and not fall apart in your pack.
  • they should be edible at the temperatures you will be hunting at
  • they should provide a variety of flavours
  • give you the energy you need to keep going.

I’ve included three of our team’s favourite snack recipes. These are high carb, high fat snack bombs that will get you up that next mountain – because you never know whether that book ram is waiting for you on the other side!

No-Bake, Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars

*Makes 8 bars


  • ½ cup peanut butter  
  • 1 ½   tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup flaxseed 
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ cup Stoked Oats, Run of the Mill 
  • Quick Oats or regular rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup chopped nuts of choice
  • ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Optional toppings;

  • 2–3 tbsp of chopped nuts of choice, chocolate chips, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds etc.
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil


  1. Add peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon into a medium saucepan and place over low heat. Stir frequently until the mixture is smooth and creamy. 
  2. Remove from heat and immediately stir in flaxseed, chia and oats.  Fold in chopped nuts and shredded coconut and stir until combined.
  3. Line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper and pour granola bar mixture in. Spread mixture out evenly and press down in the pan very firmly. Press remaining toppings on top.
  4. Place bars in the freezer for 15 minutes or until the mixture has hardened. Remove bars from pan and cut into 8 bars. Bars will last up to 1 week in the fridge.

Monster Energy Balls


  • ½ cup nut butter of choice
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ cup Stoked Oats, Run of the Mill Quick Oats or regular rolled oats
  • ¼ cup flaxseed meal
  • ¼ cup finely shredded coconut
  • Splash vanilla extract
  • ⅓ cup M&Ms or Smarties


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and stir well.
  • Roll into balls – you may need to dampen your hands, as these can be sticky!  Store in an airtight container for several days, or freeze for up to one month.  

Power Hunter Muffins

Power Hunter Muffins

*Makes 12 muffins


  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1.5 cups Stoked Oats, Run of the Mill Quick Oats or regular rolled oats
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ½ cup dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds of choice
  • 3 eggs or 3 flax eggs
  • 2 cups grated apple, carrots, zucchini, beets (your combo choice)
  • ⅓ cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper muffin cups
  • In a large bowl combine almond flour, oats, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, dried fruit etc of choice
  • In another bowl whisk together the eggs (or flax eggs), melted butter/coconut oil, maple syrup, grated apple/carrot/zucchini/beet mixture
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just combined
  • Scoop into muffin tins and bake for 25–30 minutes


  • *1 flax eggs = 1 TBSP ground flax + 3 TBSP warm water and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • *Regular whole wheat flour or spelt flour can be used but requires a little more butter or coconut oil and reduce the oats slightly. Highly recommend trying the almond flour though – super moist and flavourful! 
  • *Adapted from Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow

A good opportunity to snack.

“Nice Cream”

Craving a pint of Haagen Daaz? We got you — this healthy “nice cream” recipe makes eating ice cream something you can feel good about without the dairy, gluten, and refined sugar of a traditional bowl of ice cream you may be craving.  

Here’s what you need to make it: 

The basic recipe:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Splash of unsweetened almond milk 
  • For topping: chopped walnuts, pecans, raw cacao nibs, shredded coconut 

If you want more of a chocolate kick, add in 2 tbsp raw cacao powder.

Craving more of a tropical kick – use one frozen banana + 1 cup frozen mango or pineapple

Looking for a berry blast – use one frozen banana + 1 cup frozen berries of choice  

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend until the mixture becomes soft-serve ice cream consistency. 

Top with whatever toppings you desire (preferably not M&M’s!) and enjoy! 

Spice it Up Chocolate Energy balls

If you find yourself craving something sweet in the middle of the day, it may just be your body telling you that you need to refuel on some nutrient-dense energizing foods to help you power through the day. 

Enter homemade energy balls — all you need is a handful of ingredients and a blender or food processor to make these tasty snack bites. 

Here’s a quick and easy energy ball recipe to get you started.

  • 1 cup pecans or almonds
  • ¾ cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 3 tbsp raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cayenne (or more if you want to turn up the heat!)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs 
  • A splash of water, if needed
  • Toppings – chopped coconut, cocoa powder, hemp seeds, crushed pumpkin or sesame seeds etc.)

Place the nuts in the food processor and process until crumbly. Add the dates and all ingredients (except cacao nibs) to the food processor and process until the mixture becomes sticky. Add the cacao nibs in the last 15 seconds of processing. 

Add the remaining ingredients, adding a splash of water, if the mixture appears too dry. With slightly wet hands, roll the mixture into bite-sized rounds. (If the mixture is too sticky, you may want to pop it in the freezer for 10 minutes). Roll these balls into your choice of toppings and place them on a baking sheet. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or so before serving.  

Store leftovers in the fridge, or freezer.

Holiday Cranberry Kale Salad

*Serves 8–10

This salad keeps well and is great for leftovers the next day! Add some greens to your Christmas dinner, or bring something healthy to the office potluck. With the applesauce and maple syrup in the dressing, plus the dried cranberries, there is a sweetness to this salad that even our kids will eat this salad.


Pecan Parmesan

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1.5 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tsp olive oil
  • Pinch sea salt


In a food processor mix all ingredients together and process until crumble and combined.

Salad Dressing

  • 1/3 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • 1–2 tsp minced ginger

Mix all ingredients together in a mason jar and shake well.


  • 2–3 large bunches of kale destemmed and torn or cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large apple cored and finely chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup pomegranate arils (fresh or frozen)

To assemble the salad

Place the kale in a large bowl and pour on half of the dressing. 

Using your hands, massage the dressing into the kale leaves until fully coated to allow the kale to soften. If requires more dressing add more and continue to massage.

Add the pomegranate seeds, chopped apple and dried cranberries.

Sprinkle the pecan parmesan over the salad when ready to serve.  

(Original recipe from Angela Liddon has been modified)

Oatmeal Bars

These oatmeal breakfast bars are great for breakfast, as a snack for kids’ lunches (if you opt for the nut-free version), or fuel for a long hike or training session. *Makes 8-10 bars


  • 1 ½ cups Stoked Oats, Run of the Mill Quick Oats or regular rolled oats
  • 1 ¼ cups oat flour (you can make your own by blending rolled oats until flour like consistency in high powered blender)
  • ¼ cup seeds or chopped nuts of choice (pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, slivered almonds, chopped cashews etc)
  • ¼ cup of chocolate chips, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, dried apricots etc
  • 1.5 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch sea salt
  • ⅓ cup milk of choice
  • ⅓ cup brown rice syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, oat flour, seeds or nuts, chocolate chips or dried fruit of choice, cinnamon, sea salt, and nutmeg.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the milk, brown rice syrup, maple syrup and vanilla.
  4. Add the wet and dry ingredients together and stir until well combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press it down until evenly distributed.
  6. Using a sharp knife, cut to mark out the bars in either 8–10 bars (depending on the size of bars you would like), before you bake them to make it easier to cut and remove the bars once baked.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove from oven and let bars cool in pan. Once cool, use a sharp knife to fully cut the bars and remove from the pan.
  8. Store in an airtight container for several days, or wrap individually and freeze to pull out for your next adventure.

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Bison Chocolate Chili


  • 1–2 Tbsp olive oil 
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 bell pepper diced
  • 4–5 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin 
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can pinto beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 lb cooked ground bison or other wild game ground meat
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup


In a frying pan warm the oil and cook the onion, garlic and ground meat. 

Once the meat is cooked, add the bell pepper, chilli powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cocoa powder and cook for another couple of minutes until the peppers are soft and the spices are blended. 

In a soup pot empty the canned tomatoes, beans, maple syrup and stir.

Add the meat mixture, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add water while cooking if the mixture needs a little thinning.

*Optional; Top with sriracha sauce, cilantro, chopped avocado, green onions, shredded cheese. 

Simple Chia Seed Pudding

This recipe is from this excellent book.

From a satisfying breakfast to an afternoon pick-me-up, or even a dessert, this versatile chia seed pudding will make its way into your nutrition repertoire in no time.

  • Calories: 142
  • Total fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: o g
  • Total carbohydrate: 11 g
  • Dietary fiber: 3 g
  • Sugars: 9 g
  • Protein: 4 g

Yield: 1 cup (250 g) Serving size: 1/2 cup (125 g)

  1. Pour all the ingredients into a bowl and stir until well combined. Allow the chia seeds to settle for 20 minutes, whisking every 5 minutes, until the mixture thickens. Place in the refrigerator and store for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Check for the desired thickness and flavour, adjusting if necessary. When ready to serve, spoon into bowls and top with fresh fruit. Enjoy!


  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened
  • plant-based milk
  • ¼ cup ( 40 g) chia seeds
  • 1 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1–2 teaspoons grated lemon zest