Summer is the ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. Being out in nature is inherently relaxing and satisfying, and brings many health benefits.
While your fitness and stress levels might improve thanks to lots of movement, fresh air and peaceful surroundings, your digestion and nutritional well-being will often suffer at the hands of typical camping foods. Canned, packaged and dried foods are full of sodium, trans fats and preservatives. Even though it might take more planning and effort to bring along fresh ingredients, it will be well worth the work.
Rather than filling your cooler or pack with chips, hot dogs and granola bars, try these simple recipes to make your time spent camping as nutritious as it is rejuvenating. You’ll have longer-lasting energy for all of your adventures, and feel that much better when you round out the trip.
Breakfast recipe ideas for camping
A good, filling breakfast will set you up for a long day of hiking or paddling. Rather than eating lots of empty processed carbohydrates, try incorporating some good proteins and fats for slower-burning fuel. These breakfasts will keep you going strong all the way to lunch.
Healthy recipes for lunch and dinner while camping
The best way to enjoy nutritious lunches on the trail is to pack along a variety of bits and pieces that you can assemble into a meal on the go. Bananas and avocados are good calorie-dense options, as are nuts and dark chocolate. You can pack homemade coconut energy bars along for a good source of fiber and healthy fat. Nut butters and tuna packed in resealable pouches (rather than cans) are a good lightweight source of protein.
If you’re setting up camp for the night and have a little more time, the key to making delicious and nutritious meals is to use simple one-pot recipes. This way you can still focus on good, fresh food, but without lots of fuss or dirty dishes.
—The Alternative Daily