Nutrition For Climbers – Five 200 Calorie Snacks

According to and, a good rule of thumb when it comes to nutrition for climbers is to eat 200 calories every hour while on a climb. These five 200 calories snacks will keep you energized and strong. Make sure to drink 1 to ½ cups of water with each snack to stay hydrated.

1. 1oz of Cheese and 13 Almonds

A fat filled classic to give you an energy boost. String cheese is perfectly acceptable though many companies are coming out with less processed ‘cheese snacks’ – essentially cheese cubes. We love the flavorful Sargento cheddar Snack Bites in Chipotle BBQ.

  • 200 Calories
  • 18g Fat
  • 4.5g Carbs
  • 11.5g Protein

2. 1 Slice P28 Protein Bread and 2 TSP Peanut Butter

Protein Bread from P28 is designed for people living an active lifestyle. Packed with protein and truly delicious; its dense texture makes it super filling. Pair with 2 TSP (teaspoons, not tablespoons!) of peanut butter. To make this travel friendly, roll out the bread with a rolling-pin until flattened and thin. Spread with peanut butter and roll up.

  • 195 Calories
  • 8.5g Fat
  • 14g Carbs
  • 16.5g Protein

3. 4oz Roasted Spicy Chickpeas

Crunchy and satisfying. Bonus – red spices like cayenne and paprika can have an anti-inflammatory effect. This recipe makes about 4 ½ servings. Be sure to portion these up ahead of time; it’s easy to eat the whole amount! Toss all ingredients together. Bake at 400 degrees on a parchment linked baking sheet for 20-35 minutes depending on desired crispness.

3 cups whole, rinsed garbanzo beans from a can or fresh, soaked, and boiled

1 TBSP olive or coconut oil

1 TSP each – cumin, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, cayenne

  • 212 Calories for 4oz serving
  • 8g Fat for 4oz serving
  • 32g Carbs for 4oz serving
  • 9g Protein for 4oz serving

4. 2 Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

This delicious recipe makes 24 energy bites. Easy to make, no cooking required, and you can freeze them and grab a couple straight from the freezer when you leave for your climb. Flax seeds, oats, and peanut butter bulk up the healthy carbs. Plus, chocolate to keep your brain alert! Splurge on dark chocolate chips for this.

  • 188 Calories
  • 10.6g Fat
  • 21.2g Carbs
  • 5g Protein

5. Single Pack of Edamame and 1oz Sliced Pepperoni

Birdseye offers single size bags of shelled edamame in microwaveable frozen packs. Microwave before you head out for the day and leave it in the pack to open later. Pair with some rich, fatty pepperoni for a filling snack.

  • 200 Calories
  • 11g Fat
  • 14g Carbs
  • 11g Protein


We hope these yummy snacks will be in your pack for your next climb. Share your favorite climbing snacks in the comments section below!