Balanced Lifestyle

While we’ve all had extra time to spend at home lately, it’s possible you’ve made your way through your TV watchlist and are ready for something new to do! Time to get some fresh air and get your heart pumping.

Hiking with California Walnuts

One great way to decompress and change up your scenery is to plan a hike with your family. In doing so, make sure to check local regulations and plan for your hike in an area where you can maintain safe social distance from others. Here are a few tips to keep in mind for a safe, fun outdoor excursion!


Proper hydration is important since you’ll be physically active and most likely in a secluded area. How much water you should consume depends on the distance you’ll be hiking, the terrain, the weather and your pace. If the day is especially hot or the weather is humid, think about packing extra water. A reusable water bottle that you can clip onto your belt or backpack is a great option!

Fuel Your Body

Make sure your body is properly fueled for your hike. Eat a good meal about an hour before you begin. Our delicious Baked Blueberry Apple Oatmeal with Walnuts is a good choice as walnuts contain omega-3 ALA (2.5g/oz) and protein (4g/oz) to keep you satiated and fueled for your hike.

If you’re going on a longer trail, plan to carry some snacks with you. It’s important to refuel during the hike to keep your strength and endurance up! This homemade trail mix with California walnuts, dehydrated strawberries, chocolate covered raisins, and pumpkin seeds. Another delicious option are these Walnut and Fruit Energy Bites. Both of these snacks are so easy to pack the night before or morning of your hike, and make great options for on-the-go snacks. If you’re more of a savory snack lover, try these Mushroom Parmesan Walnuts or Sea Salt Walnuts. A handful of raw walnuts is always a great option too!

Protect Your Skin

While hiking, make sure to protect yourself from the sun. Your skin, eyes and scalp all need proper protection to prevent burning and potential skin damage. Even if it’s gloomy outside, wear adequate sun protection because the sun can penetrate through the clouds. The potency of UV rays increases with elevation, so consider preparing for your adventure with SPF 30 or higher! Bring it with you, though—since you’ll be sweating, you’ll want to reapply every 90 minutes or so. A light hat can protect your scalp, while sunglasses, especially ones with UV protection, can help shield your eyes.

Find the Best Hiking Trails

Hiking apps can help you locate trails (such as kid-friendly or dog-friendly ones), track your route while you hike and provide GPS assistance if you need it. Most state parks have guides and maps near the trails to help you navigate and provide important safety information. Another option is to research trails and parks in your area online and find message boards to help guide you to the right trail for you. Always make sure that you have a hiking buddy or tell friends where you will be adventuring! Hiking is fun for the whole family—even our canine family members!—and can provide us with exercise and fresh air. We hope this information helps you and your family get out for some fresh air. Remember to stay hydrated, to wear sun protection and fuel your body with delicious and nutritious California walnuts snacks.
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