5 tips for healthy eating while camping!
Since I was a child, I have always loved visiting new places with my family, and my camping memories are among my best. Being a mother of 4 children, I wanted to transmit to them this taste for the experience of living in nature, discovery and of course, beautiful moments with the family!
Having shifted to a healthier lifestyle and having a plant-based diet, it can sometimes seem difficult to think about how we plan our family vacations. In fact, healthy eating is simple and delicious, no matter where you are, just follow the 5 tips below to get there!
1. Choose your site and options
In my opinion, this is the most important point. To be able to eat what we want, we must cook ourselves what we eat. To achieve this, two options are available to you: have access to a fire or bring a camping stove.
Personally, I prefer to cook directly on a grill placed on the wood fire… hum! What a good smell! However, I bring a stove for the unexpected and it works just as well.
You can then grill a variety of vegetables while a pot placed on the embers will heat rice, quinoa or legumes.
2. Plan your meals… all your meals!
Planning what you are going to eat allows you to bring the necessary ingredients to prepare your meals without forgetting, but also to avoid wasting. You can even prepare meals in advance, so you just have to reheat them on the fire and thus spend more time enjoying your vacation! Here are some of my favorite ideas for planning our meals:
Recharge your batteries with the first meal of the day! Since we particularly like hiking in the mountains and going to play on the beach, we take this opportunity to give our body all the nutrients and energy it will need during the morning! I particularly like :
A bowl of fruit garnished with a mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits
A bowl of quinoa oatmeal with a sliced banana
A pan-fried potatoes, peppers, mushrooms served in a tortillas
The kids and I like to slip a few of these snacks into our backpack on a snacking expedition:
-Chickpeas maple crisp
- energy balls on dates
-mixed nuts, seeds and dried fruits
After spending so much energy, we are hungry when noon arrives! So it's time to feast on a good nutritious and supportive meal that allows us to continue our adventures! Try these meals:
Wrap filled with humus and crunchy vegetables
Nachos with olives, salsa, guacamole and nutritional yeast
My favorite time of the day while camping! We take the opportunity to remember our discoveries and our favorite moments while preparing a good meal. Here are our favorites:
The traditional spaghetti with lentil sauce
Falafels and Greek salad
All in one curry
For a sweet touch after meals, don't hesitate to grill yourself:
- nice slices of pineapple with a little coconut oil
- to place papillotes of apple cubes / cane sugar / cinnamon / Grenoble on the embers
Like whatever even by eating natural and healthy foods, it is possible to spoil our taste buds AND our health!
3. Bring the right equipment
You know where to sit, you have decided on your menu, now you have to make sure you have all the necessary materials at hand. As we like to travel light, here are our essentials to be able to manage:
-1 medium cauldron
-1 grid to place on the fire
-1 set of stackable mixing bowls
-1 set of cooking utensils (spatula, wooden spoon, metal tongs)
- chisel, cutting board, sharp knife
- strainer, can opener, utensils
-plates, glasses, bowls, dishes for leftovers
-bottles of water, dishwasher, biodegradable soap, towel and sponge
-aluminum paper, oven mitts
Once you've established your menu for your adventure, be sure to make a list of the foods you will need because unfortunately, camping convenience stores are full of a multitude of unhealthy foods. You will be able to go shopping before departure or if like us, you like to improvise once there, make sure to take the items on this list and checking the location of the market closest to your destination is also an excellent idea!
Coffee, cocoa powder, tea
Mustard, coconut oil, olive oil, apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
Canned chickpeas, black beans or lentils
Rice, quinoa or buckwheat
Mix of nuts, seeds, dried fruit
Fresh fruits: bananas, apples, grapes, oranges, pineapples, etc.
Fresh vegetables: carrots, potatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, tomatoes, lettuce, beets, Brussels sprouts, etc.
Tortillas or cabbage leaf for wrap
5. Have a plan b
Of course, despite good planning and the best will, unforeseen circumstances can arise! No worries, here are some ideas in case of a problem:
Have prepared supporting foods (granola bars, energy balls, legume salads) on hand
Identify local markets or grocery stores in case of missing ingredients or lack of variety
If you stop at a restaurant, there is always the possibility of getting out, believe me! Simply ask for dishes without meat or dairy products, most restaurants have veggie options, whether they are salads, soups, fries or even pasta. I politely ask to stick to my diet and usually I'm offered great options!
Here are the 5 tips to help you eat well while camping, whether you're vegan or looking to eat healthy. Plant-based food is easier than you think, plus it's delicious and colorful, in short, anything but boring!
Treat yourself and above all, have fun!
- Hippocrates Food