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Curious about how to eat nutritiously while camping and outdoors with your family? Here are my top tips for packing and serving balanced and nutritious meals and snacks this summer at the campground [ad]
Posted by Sarah Remmer, RD – Canada's Child and Family Nutrition Expert on Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Healthy, easy camping meal ideas:
- Protein-rich food: fresh meat/poultry/fish, nitrate-free deli meat, eggs, beans, lentils, greek yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, cheese, tofu
- Veggie or fruit: Any fresh raw vegetables or fruit, unsweetened dry fruit, pre-made salad mixes, fresh pre-washed and chopped veggies (Mann’s has a great line up of pre-washed and ready-to-eat veggies – their stringless sugar snap peas are my fave!)
- Whole grain: oats, whole grain bread, whole grain wrap or pita, brown rice, quinoa, corn on the cob, yam/sweet potato etc.
- Overnight oats, complete with greek yogurt, berries, milk and almonds (I use small mason jars for individual portions).
- Yogurt parfaits (with almond slivers)
- Eggs (frittatas over the fire)
- High fibre breakfast cereal with milk and fruit
- Pre-homemade whole grain pancakes, french toast or waffles that you just have to reheat in tinfoil over the fire!
- Tuna salad or egg salad with whole wheat crackers and veggies with dip
- Whole grain wrap with turkey, cheese and lettuce or spinach, with a piece of fruit on the side
- Snack plate: hardboiled egg, cheese, almonds, crackers, fruit, raw veggies like Mann’s stringless sugar snap peas and hummus and low-sugar granola bars like KIND bars (this is great for in the car too – little individual bento boxes full of various snacks for balance)
- Leftover hamburgers and salad from the night before
- BBQ chicken or steak with pre-made salad mix and whole grain buns
- Thawed homemade casserole or chilli that you brought from home + raw veggies and dip
- Homemade hamburgers (pre-make the patties and freeze them at home, and bring them in the cooler) + salad or raw veggies.
- Baked sweet potato, cooked in tinfoil over the fire + canned and drained black beans, cheese and salsa
- Vegetables: pre-packaged salads/veggies (so that you don’t have to rinse) with grilled chicken or sausage
- Loaded Baked potatoes/yams- wrap in foil and cook over the fire or on a camp stove (add cheese, black beans, salsa).
- Prepared meals: Try making a casserole or chili before leaving for your trip. Once cooked, portion out into small containers and freeze. Defrost in cooler.
Tip: Freeze your meat (chicken, steak, hamburgers etc.), and seal in freezer bags, before you go, so that it keeps the cooler cool (along with the foods inside) and is ready to grill when you are.
Be strategic about your snacks:
- Homemade trail mix: raw almonds, unsweetened dried fruit and whole grain cereal
- Greek yogurt + fruit
- Low sugar, higher protein and fibre bars such as KIND bars
- Raw veggies + hummus
- Fruit + cheese, almond/peanut butter or hardboiled egg
- Whole grain crackers and cheese