For some people summer and therefore camping season are quickly drawing to an end, however many people (myself included) still believe we can get a few more great camping weekends out of the summer-and fully intend to do so.
This is the inspiration for todays post; how to eat healthy without taking away from your trip. Below I've compiled my top 3 favourite ways to eat well while out camping as well as a few helpful tips to make it all super easy!
1. Go For The Good Stuff
Fresh fruit and veggies are always a healthy, delicious and oh so easy choice! Try opting for easy finger foods like carrot sticks, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, and bell peppers with some your families favourite dip or do the same with fruits like apple slices, grapes, pear slices, watermelon, strawberries and a greek style vanilla yogurt. (If you're worried about bugs, pop in to your local dollar store and grab a mesh bowl cover for roughly $2-it's a worth wile investment, I promise!)
Fresh produce isn't the only way to get the good stuff while camping, go for the fresh sausages/smokies rather than the pre packaged ones. They typically will have less added chemicals and preservatives, more real and pronounceable ingredients and they taste way better!
2. Snack, Snack, Snack
Yes, I'm seriously about to tell you to eat and drink all day long (this is especially true if you're indulging in a day, or weekend of wobbly pops-its all good, no judgments here).
So remember all those yummy fresh goodies we just talked about? Yeah, well its time to get eating! Having the fresh snacks throughout the day will actually help to keep you hydrated, energized, and it will curb the craving for endless amounts of fried goods and ice cream from the concession (which 9 times out of 10 tastes crappy, makes you feel crappy, and costs an arm and a leg. Just saying it's so not worth it!).
A big part of this whole equation is drinking enough water to replace what you're sweating out. My rule of thumb is a minimum of 1 bottle of water every 3 hours when you're not drinking, and 1 bottle of water after every second alcoholic beverage if you're indulging (this with the snacking will keep you going all day/night and help prevent a nasty hangover the next day).
3. Meet Pre-Prepping, Your New BFF
I'm sure some of you are thinking "this all sounds great, but Aimee, I don't have time for all of that when I'm camping!" to you I say meet your new BFF Pre-Prepping.
There are a few ways to do this you can do a bunch of prep all at once, you can add it in with your regular cooking prep, or if you don't mind spending a little extra cash you can buy all your fruit and veggies pre-cut.
I personally find it easier to do it all in one chunk of time as its easier to keep everything organized and remember whats been done. The key is to cut up everything you need ahead of time and store each ingredient in resealable bags. That way its all easy to fit into a cooler, easy to find, easy to serve, and easy for little fingers to help themselves. Best of all you no longer have to do prep while camping which leaves more time for the good times you went out there for!
Happy camping everyone!
Have a tip to add? Leave it in the comments!