When you go camping, you should relax and enjoy the beauty of nature instead of slaving over a finicky fire to fix meals. Make food ahead of time so you'll have easy and nutritious meals for picnics and around-the-fire dinners. Keep all perishables in a cooler with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. You must pack your cooler correctly to keep food at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below so it doesn’t spoil.
Good Morning Meals
Whip up a batch of whole-grain banana, carrot or zucchini muffins for a quick breakfast you can eat while you hike. Or make your own granola at home, including plenty of nuts, seeds and fruit mixed in for energy. Eat the granola dry or with milk or yogurt. A 1/2-cup serving of granola offers 5.5 grams of dietary fiber.
Pack a cooler with whole-grain bread, washed and sliced vegetables, low-fat cheese, homemade hummus and cooked chicken or turkey so you can make sandwiches. Another healthy option is to make a tuna salad made with canned fish, lemon juice and a bit of shredded cheese. A small can of tuna has more 32 grams of protein and only 142 calories.
Ring the Dinner Bell
Make a pot of ground turkey chili at home and keep it in a thermos for dinner. Serve cornbread and sliced vegetables on the side. Pasta is another easy premade meal. Boil whole-grain noodles at home and toss them with olive oil, seasonings, diced vegetables and cubed chicken for a light salad. Be sure to include fruits and vegetables in every meal.
- KOA: Camping Recipes
- Adventure Sports: Camp Recipes
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Fish, Tuna, Light
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Cereals Ready-to-Eat, Granola, Homemade
- Harvard School of Public Health: Vegetables and Fruits
- BBC: Good-for-You Granola
- FoodSafety.gov: Check Your Steps: Chill: How to Pack a Cooler to Prevent Food Poisoning