How To Eat Healthy When Camping (with full-day meal plan)

 

Spring is just around the corner (although it feels like summer here in San Diego?!)

…which means camping trips, festivals and road trips! My favorite time of the year!

But if you recently switched your diet, or are just becoming more conscious of what you’re eating, it can be tricky. Have no fear as over the last 4 years Peter and I have had a lot of practice, and let’s just say I have it down:)

Below is an example of what 1 day of eats might look like while camping this spring!

Breakfast

Green Juice: I always pick up a few bottles of green juice to bring with us on camping trips. Peter says I’m religious about it… he’s right. I like this one

Muesli/Chia Cereal: You can make this before you go and store it in a jar or bring the dry ingredients in a baggy along with a bottle of non-dairy milk. If I was going for 1 day I would probably make it ahead of time, but if I was going for multiple days I would bring a baggy full of a few days worth of ingredients and a bottle of almond milk.

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My favorite Chia Combo is 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/4 cup raisins, 1/4 cup goji berries, 1/4 cup dried apples or pears and 2 cups of almond milk. Mix it all together and allow it to soak for at least 5 minutes to overnight. If you make it overnight, make sure to top it with a little more milk in the ‘am’. It’s also good with nuts!

Snacks

We aren’t big snackers around here, but there’s something about camping and trips with friends… we get the munchies! So we always bring a more food than we think we’ll need:)

  • Chips & Salsa
  • Hummus and Crackers
  • Snap Peas
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Fresh Berries
  • Trail Mix
  • Raw Snack Bars (store bought or homemade)

Lunch

Big Salad: We always try to get a big salad in, and lunch is the perfect place for that. Because it’s usually warm out in the spring/summer, a refreshing salad is just what you’ll want. We like to make a big green salad before our trip and store it in a huge bowl; then make a dressing and store it inside a separate container.  Any of the The Seasonal Diet salad recipes would be perfect for a camping trip. To make sure our salads are filling enough, we love to add things like: cooked sweet potatoes, beans, nuts, fruit, seeds and avocado!

Dinner

Chili, Chips & Avocado: When we go camping we bring our little camping stove – that way we can have some warm stuff when it gets cold at night. We like to keep dinners pretty easy when camping, so we usually bring a few cans of soup or chili, we like these ones. And will serve it with some organic Tortilla chips and sliced avocado. Just don’t forget the can opener…or things could get crazy!

Dessert

You have to have dessert when camping, it’s like a rule. If you love s’mores, all the ingredients for them are available vegan and even gluten-free these days, so that shouldn’t be a problem. We’re usually fine with some dark chocolate or sometimes we’ll bring a Hail Merry’s Tart… So Good!

Beverages

We don’t drink alcohol, but we like to bring a variety of things to drink. You can usually bring a variety of…

  • Green Juice
  • Coconut Water
  • Kombucha
  • Tea
  • Spring Water

And there you have it! If you’re going for multiply days just repeat the above, switch it up with different salads, soups, chips, cereals… you get it:) 

It takes a little bit of planning, but trust me it’s so worth it when you’re eating good in the great outdoors!

OK now I’m excited… Where are we going?!

Do you have any Camping Trips on the Calendar? What do you pack on your Road Trips/Camping Trips?

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