Can you believe that it is only two weeks until school holidays begin again in Queensland? We'll be heading camping again for a week and I can't wait! Camping with kids isn't the easiest but it's worth it to see how much fun they have. Not to mention how awesome it is to have a whole week of outside time. In the spirit of getting excited about holidays, I've been working on a healthy camping menu and thought I would share it with you as well as some tips on eating healthy while camping. So here we go.
One. Food Prep Portions of Meals at Home.
When you're camping, everything is a little extra effort. This is especially so for cooking and cleaning up. Not having all of the bits and pieces you have at home has its challenges so preparing as much as you can at home before you leave makes life a whole lot easier. It doesn't have to be a whole meal either, you can just prepare part of a meal so that when it comes time to cook, there is much less to do (and less to clean). For example, you could make a veggie loaded Bolognese sauce at home which can be frozen and defrosted as needed. This way, all you need to do is heat up the Bolognese sauce and boil some pasta. Simples. Similarly, you could make some taco mince (or lentils) at home which could then be used for tacos or taco bowls while you're camping.
Two. Pack Healthy, Homemade Snacks.
I don't know about you but camping makes me (and my kids) hungry. I feel like every two seconds, someone is demanding food. Making a whole lot of snacks at home to take with you means having ready made food on hand. Think pre-cut carrot sticks (stored in a jar with water to prevent them from drying out) to go with hummus, rice crackers and pre-cut cheese, pantry slice, protein balls, popcorn, choc-chip biscuits etc. And lets not forget a delicious piece of fruit, no packaging or prep required.
Three. Plan ahead.
Create a meal plan before you go away so you know exactly what you need to bring with you and what you can prepare ahead of time. A meal plan is a saviour at the best of times but when camping it is even more so. Plus, you're on holidays, you don't want to have to think about what to feed the family every day. When you've planned ahead it takes the stress away from meal times. Eating healthy while camping is so much easier when you plan ahead.
Four. Eat Your Veggies.
I know, I know. When it comes to healthy eating, eating your vegetables kind of goes without saying. But when you're camping it's easy to opt for super convenient foods which can mean a whole lot less veg then usual. Not eating enough vegetables will end up in you feeling pretty sub-par, which isn't great because you're going to need as much energy as you can get if you're running around after kids all week.
Aim to eat a nice big salad for lunch, add some veggie sticks to that cheese platter and opt for a cold-pressed veggie juice instead of a coffee when you're out and about. Prepping some roasted vegetables like sweet potato and pumpkin before you leave for camping make great additions to a lunch or dinner salad. Adding some wilted greens (like baby spinach or kale) to your bacon and eggs at breakfast is a great way of squeezing extra veg into your day as well.
Five. Refresh Your Vegetables Half Way Through the Week.
This depends on how long you are going camping for really but if you are going for a week or more, then I recommend to take enough vegetables for the first 3-4 days and re-stock at a local farmers market or fruit and veg store while you're away.
Some vegetables, particularly leafy greens, don't like to be stored for very long in a camp fridge or esky so topping these up as you go is ideal. Try storing vegetables like zucchini, capsicum and cucumber outside of the fridge as these can get freezer burn where the temperature is uneven. Buying glass containers to store vegetables in is a great way of helping them keep for a little longer while keeping the esky organised and clean.
Six. Keep it Simple.
When it comes to camping, the main thing to remember is to keep it simple. Fuss free dinners are where it's at. Think veggie loaded gluten free soft shell tacos, one-pot curries, crap-free sausages and salad, fish and salad, wraps and burgers.
So there you have it, my top tips for staying healthy while camping. If you have anything to add, I would love to hear it in the comments below. To download my Healthy Camping Menu, simply join the community here to gain access to my Free Resources Library. As well the Healthy Camping Menu, you will also receive a free recipe eBook of Bliss Balls, access to a gentle 3 day cleanse and more.
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