Eating healthy on camping trips aren’t always easy. This explains why many people turn to boxed macaroni and cheese, chips and chocolate bars as their go-to meal options. The problem with them? These salty and sugary options leave you feeling bloated and low energy. At worst, they can impact your hard work in the gym. Cooking healthy, delicious meals, on the other hand, aren’t always possible when all you have is a backpack and a small cooler. So do you have to skip on camping trips because you’re trying to eat healthy foods? The good news is, no you don’t! With a little bit of planning, you can have the best of both worlds – enjoy the great outdoors and be your healthiest self with these nutritious meal and snack ideas for your next camping adventure.
A smoothie is a great option for a quick morning meal or a snack on the trail. However, carrying a blender isn’t always possible on a camping trip. This is where smooth packs come into the game. Smoothie mixes are made with real fruit combined with creamy ice cream to give you a tasty smoothie on the go. All you have to do is add cold water on the pack, shake it, and you are good to go. Since making a smoothie from a smoothie mix doesn’t take as long as preparing a full breakfast meal, you will have more time to enjoy your adventure. Moreover, a smoothie is consumed in the most optimum way for digestion and the absorption of nutrients, so you’ll have more energy to get things done and enjoy your day. That is because smoothies provide your body with the nutrients it needs to excel during a long day hike. Considering the fact that consuming the recommended amount of fruits while you are on a camping trip can be a challenge, a smoothie pack offers a convenient and great-tasting way to get your daily allowance of fruits.
Instant oatmeal packets contain a lot more than just oats – they also contain plenty of sugar and salt. You can make a healthy version by portioning out quick-cooking steel-cut oats into baggies and add dried fruit, nuts and seeds. The fibre and protein in this healthy version will keep you satisfied while providing a steady and slow release of energy. Boil some water over your campfire and you are ready for a healthy breakfast!
Fresh Veggies and Fruit
Bringing fruits and vegetables to a camping trip can be a challenge when you don’t have a cooler with you. In such cases, consider packing sturdier produce like celery, carrots, apples and oranges that will be less likely to wilt or get squished. Make sure you eat any fresh produce the first day so they don’t get too warm.
Unsalted Raw Nuts and Seeds
For protein and healthy fats snack on raw nuts. This snack will help you control your waistline and promote a healthy heart. But it is important to keep the portion size to a handful or so to avoid overdoing it on calories.
Campfire Foil Packs
If you are bringing a cooler with you, then campfire foil packs can be a great dinner option. Here, heavy-duty aluminium foil is your best friend. Prepare foil packs at home and them leave them in the cooler until you are ready to cook. Use a combination of meat and vegetables that you like. Make sure you don’t use less foil or olive oil, otherwise your dinner will burn. And be careful when opening foil as the steam that will have formed inside can burn you.
Tuna Salad Sandwich
Tuna salad is easy to prepare at home before your trip, or quick enough to toss together right from the campground picnic table. If you have a cooler available, make the tuna salad before you leave and save time at camp. But if you’ll be in warm temperatures, forget about coolers – just bring canned tuna and make it when you’re ready.
Chicken Salad Wraps or Sandwiches
Sandwiches, wraps, or just on its own, chicken salad is a tasty and easy no-cook camping meal. You can prepare your salad ahead of time with carved chicken breast, or bring canned chicken along to make it right at camp. Throw it on a wrap and you will have your lunch done in no time, without any hassle.
Hummus Veggie Wraps
If you are looking for a vegetarian or vegan no-cook lunch, hummus veggie wraps offer both flavours and nutrients. Pack your favourite tortilla wraps, seasoned hummus and any and every veggie that suits your buts. Cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots, and avocado make for a nice pairing with the hummus.
Cooking pasta at camping can often be time-consuming. But if you prepare a pasta salad before a camping trip, then you will be able to have a tasty dinner or side dish that requires no work once you are out in the woods. There are numerous ways to make pasta salad, so pick your favourite ingredients and toss then in.