In the United States, Memorial Day is an important holiday honoring the brave men and women who have fought throughout the years to preserve the American way of life. Memorial Day is also one of the most exciting holidays as it’s widely viewed as the unofficial start of summer. Each year, fitness and outdoor enthusiasts look forward to Memorial Day weekend as a time to shift their workouts and adventures into high gear.

Whether you are hitting your favorite hiking trails, surfing some waves at the beach, or planning your summer fitness routine, your body needs the right fuel to perform at its best. There are a wide range of snack options to keep your body energized and ready to tackle the most strenuous challenges. However, not all snacks are created equal. Here are five factors to consider when selecting healthy snacks for Memorial Day, summer, and beyond.  

1. High Protein and Nutrient-Dense 

Engaging in outdoor activities and workouts can be physically demanding. To tackle these challenges, you need to find the perfect balance of calories to fuel your body and nutrients necessary to support muscle growth, repair, and recovery. It's equally important to steer clear of snacks that are high in added sugars, which can lead to quick energy spikes followed by crashes.

At Ovation Foods, we understand these needs and have crafted our snack products with nutrition in mind. Each of our snacks is packed with quality food sources, like whole egg, which provides the “gold-standard” of protein along with a plethora of key nutrients like choline, which plays a crucial role in maintaining cellular, cognitive, and muscular function. Our goal is to provide you with sustained energy throughout the day, so you can perform at your very best. 

2. Portability and Convenience

When it comes to choosing snacks for outdoor adventures, portability and convenience are important factors to consider. While fresh fruits and salads are great healthy options, they often require additional planning and packaging, which can be a challenge during extended hikes or while kayaking in open waters. Apart from the additional weight, many of these healthy snacks require utensils, making them less convenient in outdoor settings.

All of our snacks are designed for on-the-go activities. Whether you select our chicken strips, protein sticks, or the latest Steak-N-Eggs option, our products are compact enough to fit in your backpack or pocket, ensuring you always have a nutritious snack at your fingertips, no matter where your adventures take you. Best of all, they require no preparation, no portable containers, and no utensils - just open and enjoy!

3. Fresh and Non-Perishable

While embarking on adventurous outdoor activities, access to fresh, safe-to-consume snacks is paramount. Not every food item can withstand the elements, and perishable goods can quickly spoil in extreme conditions or fluctuating temperatures.

Our snacks are non-perishable, don’t require refrigeration, and taste great even in the most challenging environments. Whether you are embarking on a hike in the sweltering desert or slogging through a damp forest, our snacks will always provide you with fresh nutrition and energy. 

4. High-Quality Ingredients

Many snack foods on the market today are filled with low-quality and highly-processed ingredients. We care about the quality of the products and only select the best quality meats and spices. You’ll never end up with scraps or ingredients you can’t pronounce. With Ovation Foods, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing quality for portability and nutritional value. 

5. Great Tasting 

When it comes to selecting snacks for your Memorial Day adventures, taste should never be compromised. You shouldn’t have to choke down boring and uninspiring health foods to get the fuel you need for your active lifestyle. After all, what's the point of a snack if it doesn't satisfy your cravings?

At Ovation Foods, we offer a wide range of mouthwatering flavors to keep your taste buds happy even when the rest of your body is being put to the test. Available in teriyaki, smokehouse, chili lime, black pepper, and jalapeño and cheddar, you’ll have the option to switch things up and never get bored with the same old flavor.

With Memorial Day weekend quickly approaching, don’t forget to stock up on the right healthy snacks for you and your active family. Check out our product line today for the best tasting, nutritious, and most portable snack options around. It’s time to embrace the summer, savor the adventure, and let Ovation Foods fuel your journey!