Healthy Recipes for Camping

These recipes are geared for campers who are looking to get the full camping experience without feeling sluggish and heavy.  For those of you who enjoy camping, nothing beats waking up outdoors and enjoying nature at its best. Sometimes the hardest part about camping is preparing for your next meal. We have highlighted some great recipes that are particularly good for car-camping not hike-in camping, although some of the recipes can be used for hike-in camping as well. Enjoy!

Morning Nutrition

Oats are always a great alternative and easy to keep on hand. Meal prep is key. Enjoy with bananas and fresh maple syrup from a local farm stand. An easy way to remember how much water to use for oats is this simple 1 cup of water to ½ cup of oats ratio. Finish your breakfast with a Starbucks via or a personal favorite, freshly pressed, French press coffee. You may even wake a squirrel or two with the smell of a good cup of coffee in the woods.

Midday Lunch

Hopefully you will get to enjoy some great hikes or adventures on the water while on your camping trip. Packing pita bread will give your diet some fiber; add either nut betters, hummus or even tuna (purchase the packets not cans for lighter-packing) to fill you up. Carrot sticks, dried fruit or homemade granola are always delicious, healthy alternatives for light-weight snacking while on the trail.

Tex-Mex Dinner

Get creative with dinner! Boil rice and put together pre-packed spices for added flavors, throw in beans for protein and pair with salsa for a Tex-Mex evening around the campfire. Add in cumin or ginger to any meal to promote easier digestion for your body that is out already of its typical routine.

Around the Campfire Snack

Popcorn can be great around a fire. There are also a ton of options to dress-up popcorn, you can add in a kick or add a little sweetness or both. Follow this easy recipe and choose a your flavor combination.

You will need…

10 minutes

2 tablespoons of popcorn kernels

2 tablespoons of olive oil

aluminum foil

Sriracha Lime:

1 tablespoon sriracha

1 lime, zested and juiced

Sprinkled with sea salt

Apple Pie Popcorn:

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

¼ tablespoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon apple pie spice

½ teaspoon cinnamon

  1. Place the popcorn and oil on an 18-inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Seal the edges to form a loose pouch. Leaving room for kernels to pop.
  2. Tie a corner of the pouch to a stick with a piece of string.
  3. Shake over a fire until popped.
  4. Add your choice of seasonings.

Dessert

For those of you who didn’t enjoy dessert with your popcorn, we certainly cannot forget the classic s’more. Here is a lighter twist on a classic camping dessert…

1 banana

2 tablespoons miniature marshmallows

2 tablespoons miniature dark chocolate chips

1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes

  1. Slice banana lengthwise and slightly open. Place on a rectangle of aluminum foil.
  2. Sprinkle with marshmallows, chocolate chips and coconut.
  3. Wrap banana in foil and place on a grate over your campfire.
  4. Allow to cook for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and unwrap foil, let sit for a few minutes. Enjoy!

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