Don’t skip nutrition when you camp
It’s very easy to let our diets go when we’re camping. Convenience foods are just that, and they last for so long that we don’t have to worry about them spoiling. When we’re camping, we’re focused on all the things we’ll do when we’re there, and we pack our days so full of activities that we don’t give a thought to how we’re going to eat. There’s also the realization at the end of the day that we’re tired, and the last thing we want to do is cook a meal. How do we eat healthy and save time?
When you’re planning your camping trip, plan the food you’ll bring as well. You can find some quick and easy to make camping recipes here. There are many things you can take along that fit easily into a cooler. When you’re packing your cooler, make sure you plan to eat the foods that spoil fastest first.
The good thing about packing a cooler is that many foods, such as fruits and veggies, can be prepped ahead of time, so you can skip part of the cooking process when the time comes. You’ll want to have plenty of fruits and vegetables in your cooler, along with dairy and meats. Don’t load your cooler with items that don’t have to be chilled. Freeze or refrigerate as much as you can before the trip so the items will help keep your food cold as well. Follow food safety practices at all times.
To take this a step further, try to plan out which activities you’ll do each day of your trip, and plan your meals accordingly. If you have a day that’s going to be packed with activities, plan a meal that’s simple and comes together fast.
Practice healthy snacking
There are a plethora of healthy snacks on the market for you to choose from. Consider your activities, and figure out how many calories you’ll need to consume while you’re camping. Skip foods that are high in sugars and fats, and go for healthier alternatives that tick several nutritional boxes off your daily requirements. If you want to go even healthier, make some of your own snacks, and pack them up for the trip.
Make it ahead of time
This is similar to prepping fruits and vegetables, but instead of just cutting things up, you can plan out which meals you want to eat on your trip and cook them before you leave. Foods you think you’ll eat sooner you can just pop into your cooler. Freeze meals you’ll eat later on before putting them into your cooler, so they’ll keep longer. For a quick breakfast and snack idea, try making smoothies and freezing them so all you have to do is thaw, drink, and go. Another great idea is to make up packs of oatmeal to throw in your bag. These will have everything you need already in them, so all you have to do is add water—or milk—and cook for a delicious breakfast.
Great meals can be made quickly with a bit of aluminum foil. Cut up your meats and vegetables, season them to perfection, wrap them in foil packs, and sit them by the fire to cook. Some of these meals can be made ahead of time and frozen, but the addition of water once they thaw may give your food a flavor and texture you don’t like. This is where your pre-chopped vegetables come in handy. Grab a handful, toss them in the foil, add meat, and you’re ready to cook. What’s better is there’s little cleanup, and you don’t need to keep a close eye on the food while it cooks, leaving you free to do other things.
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