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Hiking allows you to stay active while spending time immersed in nature. But once the cold and wet weather arrives, it can feel almost impossible to leave the house. The couch feels more comfortable than usual during winter’s shorter and darker days.

During the winter months it’s important for us to get natural daylight, especially for vitamin D, since research shows our levels drop during the winter months. Even when you have to bundle up to the max, studies show that getting outdoors can help boost your mood and keep your circadian rhythms in check.

A great way to motivate yourself to get fresh air even when the cold weather hits is by preparing hearty snacks that aren’t only healthy, but delicious.

Here are five recipes that’ll give you the energy to venture out for a hike during the winter months.

1. Vegan Jerky

Craving jerky but not the meat? This vegan jerky from The Hidden Veggies will not only satisfy the craving, but it’s also packed with plant protein. This jerky, made from butler soy curls, is easy to make. Soy curls are made from dehydrated soy and, when rehydrated, can have a similar texture to meat.

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2. DIY Electrolyte Drink

You’ll be fighting dehydration while you’re on the trail. The electrolytes in this homemade drink from Raising Generation Nourished will keep you hydrated and prevent muscle cramping.

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3. Matcha Green Tea Energy Bites

Need a boost of energy when you’re out and about? Try these matcha green tea bites from Living Well Mom, which include a dose of antioxidants and caffeine that will perk you up at any time of the day.

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4. Cinnamon Apple Chips

Substitute potato chips with these healthy and tasty cinnamon apple chips from Trail Recipes. They’re so good, you’ll be reaching into your backpack the whole hike.

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5. Paleo Trail Mix

This ultimate paleo trail mix from Nurture My Gut is packed with a good balance of proteins and healthy fats to fuel your cold weather adventures. You can prep this mix in 5 minutes. It’s the perfect snack to munch on when you’re on the go.

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Debbie Arcangeles is the host of The Offbeat Life, a podcast where she highlights individuals who are location independent and freelancers. Her blog focuses on alternative lifestyles, wellness, and adventure travel. When Debbie is not writing or interviewing guests for her show, you can find her hiking and exploring new destinations. Follow her on Instagram.