Summer camping is a great time to be outdoors and stay active. Choosing foods to eat doesn’t have to be difficult, even if you don’t plan on carrying a gas cooker with you. Sometimes, you don’t have access to cookery or a kitchen.
You can still eat healthy and maintain your energy through the proper foods.
If you have the space, which can be tough if you are hitchhiking, or are carrying enough campaign gear, invest in a cooler bag and ice so you can have refrigerated foods for more options. This isn’t mandatory, though.
You can eat well with simple foods, but it will take a strong mind!
Keep in mind, winter camping requires a different level of preparation. This includes not only finding the proper gear and clothing, but making sure you have access to proper hydration and nutrition to keep your energy up, and to keep you warm. A gas cooker is necessary in the winter to heat up foods/liquids, and I guarantee you won’t want to go without.
For now, we will focus on less intensive camping, and the foods you can eat for shorter trips, or even multi-day hikes. These are very simple recipes, make sure you are snacking on energy fueling foods throughout the day, and
YOU WON’T BE HUNGRY!
- dry natural muesli/granola mixed in with greek yogurt. Cut up a banana or strawberries for extra flavor.
- Plain bagel with peanut butter spread and cut up banana.
- Fruit salad, consisting of pear, banana, apple, orange. Throw together with greek yogurt and some nuts and seeds.
- Plain bagel with smoked salmon and cream cheese. Have a side of fruit for contrast!
- Avocado on bread, apple on the side.
Lunch and dinner ideas
- Canned Tuna or chicken(with or without mayo) on rice crackers, or rice cakes. Cut up celery and mix in.
- Hummus and vegetables in a wrap. Adding cheese will make it extra tasty!
- Ham and cheese sandwich, cut up carrots and celery to enjoy on the side.
- Canned beans on bread, with a side of celery and peanut butter.
- Babybel cheese
- Vegetables such as: carrots, celery, spinach, avocado, grape tomatoes
- Fruit: banana, apple, grapes, strawberries
- Spreads: hummus, peanut butter, cream cheese
- Nuts and seeds
- Fruit and nut bars
- Beef jerky
Even if you forgo the cooler bag, simply remove the cold items from the list. If you’re getting enough protein from peanut butter or the canned fish, you won’t have to worry.
Here’s a tip: I’ve taken babybel and laughing cow cheese with me on my travels without refrigerating them. Obviously do it at your own risk, but the casing generally prevents them from going bad!