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By Kim Taylor

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For those who love hiking, nothing compares to fresh trails infused with the scent of nature. Here are some items that will make the trek easier, whether hiking mountains, pushing pedals, or pounding the pavement in New York City.

Merrell’s Barefoot True Glove shoes take hiking to a new level, connecting your feet to the terrain, realigning your muscles by encouraging a natural gait to improve posture, and strengthening feet and leg muscles. They’re super light and ideal for all manner of adventure and terrain. A stabilizing rubber foot sling and Vibram sole offers pointy rock protection, and these shoes fit like a glove. A non-removable microfiber footbed treated with antimicrobial solution resists odor, and a forefront shock absorption plate maintains foot flexibility when you need it most. Also, they’re washable, so you can stroll in the waves this summer; http://www.merrell.com.

Contigo’s Kangaroo Hydration Bottle features a fold-down pouch for storing keys, credit cards, ear buds or gym cards, so you can lighten your load. Spill-proof, leak-proof, and offering a sip button that seals or releases (no lids to remove), this is one item you’ll want on the trail. Made from FDA-approved, BPA-free material, it’s translucent and has a flip-up handle. You can also sip from it with one hand! Find this 24-ounce bottle at http://www.gocontigo.com.

Bear Naked Trail Mixes meld whole grain granola with healthy nuts, flavorful dried fruits, crunchy seeds, and more. Three new flavors are: Cranberry Almond, Pecan Apple Flax, and Chocolate Cherry. If trail mix doesn’t do it for you, consider Bear Naked’s scrumptious, soft-baked Granola Cookies in either Double Chocolate or Fruit & Nut blends. Order them by the case at http://www.bearnaked.com.

Another healthy snack option to grab while blazing trails is Annie Chun’s Seaweed Snacks in Sesame or Wasabi. These can be eaten like potato chips, yet are only 30 calories per serving, and have only 2.5 grams of fat. Free of preservatives and MSG, vegan, gluten-free, and low fat, these are a great source of nutrients. Scoop them up at http://www.anniechun.com and at Whole Foods stores.

If you want to add something healthy to your water or shake, consider Sun Chlorella, a strain of green algae that grows in fresh water and a whole food supplement with essential nutrients for well-being and detox benefits; available in powder or pill form at http://www.sunchlorellausa.com.

If healthy isn’t your thing, and chocolate delights, then you’ll be happy to know that Bosco has launched a chocolate bar. Yes, America’s beloved chocolate syrup brand is now available in portable bar form as a reward for your day-long hike (or simply for your good looks). You’ll want to stock up on them at http://www.BoscoChocolate.com, and soon they’ll be at Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City, too.

Originally published March 2011

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