What do you and your family like to eat when you go camping? The traditional hot dogs and s‘mores are easy and tasty but not the healthiest choice. Today there are tons of choices for healthy camping snacks and meals that still taste good. And there easy ways to make your favorite camping food healthier so you don’t have to say goodbye to those hot dogs and s’mores!
Whether you are camping in a tent, RV or cabin, you’ll probably be bringing some of your own food along. In order to have healthy options you must be prepared and plan ahead what food you’ll bring and what you will cook.
Certain cooking supplies will let you cook just about anything, including vegetables, meat and tasty desserts. If you’re hiking to your campsite you want to keep things as light as possible, but a few supplies are worth it to bring along. A box of matches, lighter fluid and lighter are important to bring along to start the fire and a lightweight pot and pan, aluminum foil, spatula and a portable grate to place over the fire give you endless options for all your meals.
One easy, yet delicious meal is a foil dinner. If you want meat and vegetables you can combine them and any spices or marinades in an aluminum foil packet and cook it on the coals or grill. This easy option can make several meals at once and can be customized to fit each individual’s taste.
If hot dogs are a must, take a look at the ingredients and pick the best option you can find. Today there are several choices, whether you want turkey, beef or vegetarian hot dogs. Take that same approach to bread and look for something that is whole grain and doesn’t have a long list of ingredients.
Packing fresh fruit and vegetables is a great snack and will be fine in a cooler – carrots, cucumbers, sliced apples and watermelon are refreshing and easy to pack. Nuts, granola bars and trail mix are also good snack options. There are some great trail mix recipes out there with healthy ingredients like almonds, dark chocolate chips, dried cranberries, pretzels or certain cereals
A great alternative to s‘mores is a “banana boat,” especially if you need a little bit of chocolate. To make the banana boat, peel back one side of the banana peel. Place the banana on a piece of foil and with a knife cut down the middle of the banana. Place chocolate chips in the center of the banana, cover with the peel and wrap in aluminum foil. Then place the banana on the coals or put it on the grill.
Fewer ingredients means the snack food is less processed. Being aware of what’s in the food you’re eating helps you make healthier choices for you and your family. Plan ahead so you can have healthy and tasty options for your next camping trip.