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6 Healthy (and Easy) Camping Food Ideas

Written by Ronald Owens

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Posted on April 07 2019

6 Healthy (and Easy) Camping Food Ideas 

If you ask a group of avid campers what they enjoy the most about camping, it’s unlikely that they’ll say it’s the food. For most of us, camping food is synonymous with heating cans of baked beans over the fire and scoffing down trail mix. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to make healthy camping food that is also delicious and nourishing. 

When a half-crushed granola bar just won’t cut it, try out these healthy camping food ideas.

 

  1. Fruit chunks 

                          

Fruit can give you some much-needed energy, so it’s a great idea to keep some aside. Think strawberries, watermelon, grapes, mango, pineapple, melon, berries, and more. Chop up some fruit and keep it in a container. Keep it in a cooler box until you’re ready to dig in. If you can bring yogurt along, yogurt and fruit is always a winning breakfast or dessert combination! 

Not fond of fruit? Chop up some vegetables into finger-length sizes and serve with some protein-rich hummus.

 

  1. Hearty chicken soup 

Canned food can still be delectable. You can make delicious chicken soup using cans of green beans, corn, carrots, diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and pieces of chicken. Simply stir all the contents together in a pot or saucepan. Bring it to the boil over your campfire and then let it to a simmer for about 15 minutes. Simple, fast and good for you. Perfect for a rainy day at the campsite.

 

If you’re vegetarian, you can replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth and the chicken chunks with canned vegetables, such as green beans or carrots.

 

  1. Breakfast fry-up 

Add some healthy veggies and legumes to your usual bacon-and-eggs fry-up. Chop up cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, mushroom, and chickpeas and fry them in a little olive oil. Season as desired. This versatile side dish is a great addition to scrambled eggs, but it could also be added to toast for a warm sandwich.

 

4 . Protein balls 

Protein balls often combine nuts, dates, coconut oil, and protein powder. You can also add chocolate, chia seeds, goji berries, nut butter, desiccated coconut and more - there are hundreds of variations out there, so it’s easy to find a recipe that suits your tastes. Simply blend the ingredients together, roll the mixture into balls, and refrigerate before your trip.

 

These are great for vegetarians as they’re so protein-rich, and they can easily be made with vegan ingredients.

 

  1. Upgraded baked beans

 

If you’re nostalgic for a classic can of baked beans during camping, why not give it a healthy and delicious upgrade? Adding extra veggies and slices of turkey bacon makes this classic meal more nutritious. 

Saute bell pepper and onion in a skillet. Add baked beans and chopped tomato out of the can. While stirring, season it with spices of your choice and add a can of black beans to the skillet. Continue simmering over the campfire for five to ten minutes. Top it with cooked slices of turkey bacon and serve. 

 

To make it extra Instagram-able, serve it in your Stanley cook set !

 

  1. Turmeric milk

 

Haldi doodh is a well-known Indian drink that has been used for centuries. It was traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine because turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties. Now popular in the West, ‘golden milk’ or ‘turmeric milk’ is a great replacement for hot chocolate or coffee, as it’s both comforting and healthy.


 To make it, combine a cup of water with a cup of milk.   Add  two teaspoons of turmeric and a crack of black   pepper and simmer the mixture for twenty minutes. The   mixture will reduce to half. You can add ginger or honey,     or use vegan milk substitutes if you’d like. 

 

  Remember, the food you use should depend on your   own circumstances. Some folks can camp near their car,   making it easier to transport cooler boxes, kitchen   equipment and heavy ingredients. However, others might have to hike - a short or long distance - to get to their campsite. 

It’s also important to take into account the time you’ll spend at camp, as some foods expire faster than others. Storing your food in the right containers will help them keep fresher for longer. 

While it’s understandable that you’ll want healthy camping food, don’t be afraid to indulge in s’mores and roasted marshmallows - it’s all a part of the fun. Happy camping!

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