Camping can do wonders for your health, both physically and mentally. On one hand, you spend time in nature, which is therapeutic, to say the least, and is a perfect way to reduce everyday stress. On the other hand, you engage in various physical activities, such as hiking, walking, and biking to keep you strong and in shape. Even so, somewhere along with the fun of hiking and the peace of meditation; some of us completely neglect healthy eating during these adventures that, unfortunately, can outweigh some of the amazing benefits of camping.
Eating healthy during camping is not impossible, however, it does take a bit of planning and preparation. As we all know, quick food options are usually not the best choice if you’re concerned about your overall well-being, so forget about the unhealthy snacks and fast food, and let’s see how to maintain a healthy diet on your next camping trip!
Create a meal plan
Meal planning can make your life a lot easier during camping! There will be no need to think about what to eat because you already have everything planned and ready in advance.
First thing to keep in mind is that you can bring any food item you want with you as long as you have the proper storage and a standard cooler to keep everything fresh. Vegetables are an absolute must for camping. Keep most of them in a cool place, just like you would at home.
Meat eaters should be very careful when storing the meat. If you can’t maintain a low enough temperature in the cooler, consider leaving fresh meat at home.
If you are on a plant-based diet, we have great news for you: tofu or any cheese made of soy can stay fresh at room temperature. The same goes for soy milk or any milk substitute. You don’t have to place them in a cooler before opening.
Having a meal plan can help you with shopping for your camping trip. You will have a list of everything you need to buy before hitting the road. Planning allows you to enjoy your surroundings more, spend extra time with your loved ones, and relax!
Bring the right cooking tools
Some campers like to prepare their meals before a camping trip. However, those of you who plan on cooking should bring the following essentials: a high-quality non-stick pan, a knife, a cutting board, and aluminum foil.
Chop up some vegetables on your cutting board, fold it in foil, and place it on the fire. You will get a nutritious meal without too much preparation. Plus, there will be zero cleanups afterward.
Bringing the right cooking tools and equipment will help you tremendously during your trip. It will allow you to cook the recipes you want, while increasing your enjoyment of the outdoors!
Don’t forget to stay hydrated
We all know that drinking water keeps our bodies running properly. Experts say we need around eight glasses of water or half a gallon a day, but those are just the guidelines. The exact amount depends on your body’s needs.
Since camping includes lots of physical activity, campers should drink more water than usual. Most campsites around the country offer drinkable water, but it is better to bring your own. Make sure you pack enough water to last you the entire camping trip. Always keep a water bottle near you and sip away!
Pack healthy snacks
Snacking is incredibly fun but could quickly turn unhealthy. We recommend choosing to eat healthier options during your camping trips to increase your energy and prevent fatigue. There are many healthy options out there that will satisfy your food cravings and keep you energized throughout the day.
Bring a lot of fresh fruits with you. However, be careful with your selection. For instance, bananas are not super travel-friendly because they can get bruised easily. Instead, slice pineapple, strawberries, peaches, and pears, then place them in plastic containers. Cut-up fruit should be in a cooler at all times because you want them fresh. There is no need to slice apples, oranges, and grapes.
Campers should go for dried fruit and nuts as well. You can make a trail mix yourself- just mix a variety of nuts together with some raisins and dark chocolate chips.
Some healthy nut options are almonds, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts. they’re high in protein, fiber and a great source of unsaturated fats.
Hummus and vegetables are appetizers you can snack on while making lunch or dinner at a campground as well. Made of chickpeas and tahini, hummus is an excellent source of plant-based protein. It is also gluten and dairy-free. Cucumber, peppers, carrots, and celery go well with hummus.
These are some of our tips, recommendations, and thoughts on eating healthy while camping. Let us know if you need any help preparing for your upcoming trip. Our team of experts will gladly answer any questions you might have.
Stay safe and healthy out there!