I just returned from what was one of the wettest camping trips ever. It wasn’t a sleep-in-the-van-overnight “oops the tent REALLY leaks” wet like we experienced on our 2012 camping adventure but it did rain for a full 15 hours during the day on this trip. And we were with 7 families and 18 kids. Ice cream and wine got us through.
Rain aside, this camping trip got me thinking about how we tend to pack for camping and eating out of a cooler for 2-3 days and I realized that just because we are camping, doesn’t mean we have to live on hot dogs and roasted marshmallows.
We certainly did all the traditional favorites, but with a twist. I added fruit to the cones filled with marshmallows that we melted for dessert and we cooked giant lean sausage instead of hot dogs on the open fire with our roasting sticks. We certainly enjoyed more bubbly beverages and chips not made of kale than usual, but we also had salad and corn for dinner, yogurt and eggs for breakfast and our avocado sandwiches were the envy of the beach at lunch!
Knowing we were going to be having extra treats, I tried to plan for at least 2 balanced meals a day while camping. It was not difficult to switch up the usual camping menu of burgers and dogs for something a little healthier and it made room for the extra special treats. On rainy camp days – you need extra treats!
What to Pack for Healthy Eating while Camping
Protein & Fibre Packed Breakfast
These Oatmeal Packs are perfect, just add water. A dozen eggs and loaf of whole grain bread means you can have scrambled eggs one day and French toast the next! Kids will be ready for a full day of camping adventures.
Beach Ready Lunch
Plan for easy make-in-the-morning-then-head-to-the-beach peanut butter and banana sandwiches or nitrate free chicken slices with cheese, tomato and avocado. Cut up apples and take grapes, hummus and veggie sticks. Fill up on the healthy sandwiches and fruit first so you have room for a stop at the ice cream shop before your beach day is done.
Fire Up Dinner
Don’t just throw hamburgs in the cooler and call it a meal – pack boneless chicken breasts or salmon fillets and corn on the cob, take chunks of stewing beef and make your own beef kebobs for the grill and trade in unhealthy hot dogs for lean turkey sausages. Have the kids put the sausages on their marshmallow roasting sticks and let them cook dinner over an open fire. Camping fun for sure!
Smores will always be a favorite around here, but this year I surprised the kids with these Grilled Ice Cream Cones and Banana Smores. By filling a banana instead of a graham cracker with marshmallows and chocolate you just created a healthy dessert! And why not try strawberries and bananas melted into mini marshmallows in a cone? Good fun and good for you!
Happy Healthy Camping!
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