How to eat healthy on a camping adventure

Posted June 11, 2015 in camping, Yellowstone, travel, healthy eating, healthy travel, healthy living, food, food prep


I'm going to Yellowstone National Park!!

The BF and I have been planning this trip since the beginning of the year, and it's finally here! We are staying in a hotel, a cabin, a campground then another hotel. So it will be interesting!

This trip has taken a lot of planning. I'm totally Type A and made a 5-page itinerary, printed out maps (just in case of no WiFi or phone service), created a page-long packing list and made a meal plan. I'm crazy.

The BF's sister, Betsy, her husband, Matt, and their kids, Payton and Cooper, are joining us on this little adventure. They live in Washington, and will meet us at the park!

Since there will be six people to feed, we split up the meal responsibilities. The BF and I will bring a few meals, and their family will bring a few meals. We'll have a grill and a campfire at our campsite.


Just to let you know…I am not an experienced camper. The BF and I went camping in the mountains in Colorado in July 2013. It was stunningly beautiful, but it was hard. I was so out of breath and headachy from the altitude and I absolutely hated using nature as my bathroom. (For this trip, I booked a campground with showers and bathrooms.)

So what I'm saying is I don't really know what I'm doing. But I do know how to eat healthy! So I'm taking my healthy eating know how and figuring out how to make it work for camping.

We prepared some of the food ahead of time to make things easier, and we'll be able to do more food prep at our cabin before we go camping.

This is what we made ahead of time…

Breakfast

Oatmeal Packs


In snack size plastic bags I combined 1/2 cup oats with add ins such as chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, dried cranberries, pecans, etc. and added a sweetener like coconut sugar or brown sugar. Then I reazlied there are six of us and it might take forever to make separate oatmeal for each person in the one small pot we have. So I also made a couple larger bags that make 2-4 servings of oats.


They all fit snuggly in a gallon size plastic bag.

Breakfast Burritos


I sauteed onion, red and green peppers, cooked some turkey breakfast sausage and scrambled 18 eggs. I let everything cool, then I assembled breakfast burritos and placed them on a warm pan until the open edge sealed up.


I let them cool completely.


Then I wrapped them in aluminum foil and put them in gallon size plastic bags, and froze them. We'll be able to keep these in our cooler and warm them up over the fire.

Lunches/Dinners

Black Bean Quinoa Soup

I made a big batch of this and froze it. We'll be able to throw it in a pot and heat it up.

Turkey Burgers

The BF made turkey burgers then froze them. We'll keep them in our cooler, and have them ready for burgers on the grill.

Snacks

Cashew Cookie Balls

Pre-Workout Energy Balls


I froze these on a plate, then transfered them to a plastic bag. We'll keep them in the cooler for little boosts of energy.

Granola

The BF makes the best granola. He made a big batch and stored it in my old bulk chia container.

This is what we bought…


We picked up some store bought snacks at Target. Betsy is bringing hummus, so I picked up my fave Nut Thins and rice crackers. The Boom Chicka Bites and Health Warrior Chia Bars were on clearance, so I snatched them up. The BF loves those Simply Balanced fruit strip things.


This is the not-so-healthy part of our food supply. But what is a camping trip without s'mores? And if you haven't made a s'more using a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, you haven't lived.

On our way to our cabin, we'll stop at a grocery store and pick up some fresh fruit and vegetables, ingredients for sandwiches and anything else we need. The BF and I plan to prepare vegetables in aluminum foil to put over the fire. But we'll make those at the cabin.

What do you eat while camping?

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