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How to Make a Camping Trip Healthier and 2 Recipes!

Posted Aug 09 2012 3:03am

Osoyoos, BC

I just spent an amazing week near the beautiful town of Osoyoos BC in the Okanagen Region. It's an almost desert like place with an abundance of cherry trees and sunshine. 

The thought of spending a week in the bush was terrifying to me, but once I got the hang of it I loved it!  Even met some happy cows on my way to the beautiful Conkle Lake!

Conkle Lake, British Columbia

As most holistic nutritionists, my number one concern was healthy delicious food. So I did some prep work before my trip to make sure I had lots of nutrients along for the week!

So how does a holistic nutritionist prepare for a camping trip?


Vega nutritional shake in berry - because you can't bring a blender to make fresh green smoothies every day.

Chia seeds  - for protein, omega 3 fatty acids and to keep things moving:) 

Overnight no cook oatmeal - because I love oatmeal but I hate washing pots. Especially on vacation! (recipe below)

Lot's of cut up and washed fruits an veggies  - because they are oh so good for you and I love them!

Brown short grain rice  - for easy risotto.

Eden's Organic canned beans  - easy quick meal! I prefer Eden's brand because they use BPA free cans..

Homemade dehydrates snacks  - instead of munching on potato chips, I made some granola bars (recipe below), granola, and veggie crackers. Took some effort but very worthwhile. You can also make larger quantities and keep them in airtight containers.

Green superfood drink mix  - for my daily dose of green energy! I brought the individual packs of chocolate flavour from Amazing Grass. It's yum!

Organic raw dark chocolate -  because I couldn't survive a week in the bush without some chocolate.  Giddy Yoyo  brand from Ontario is my absolute favourite!!


Trail Mix -  Another go to snack attack idea. I mixed walnuts, raw cacao nibs, dried apricots, and pumpkin seeds.

Overnight No-Cook Oatmeal

Overnight No-Cook Goji Coconut Oatmeal

1/2 cup large flake oats

1 Tbsp hemp seeds

1 Tbsp goji berries

2 Tbsp coconut flakes

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

Pinch of sea salt

3/4 cup filtered water

How to make:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl or glass container. Add water, mix, cover and put in the fridge overnight. It will be ready in the AM! Add some fresh berries and your choice of almond milk to serve if you wish.

Makes 1 serving.

Raw Chocolate Chai Goji Granola Bars

1 cup sprouting buckwheat kernels

1 cup walnuts (or other nuts you like)

12 dates

1 cup coconut flakes

1 cup goji berries

1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

2 tsp chai spice

Pinch of sea salt


How to make:

Soak buckwheat for 4-6 hours. Rinse and put into a large bowl. Cover with a dish towel and a weight (big bag of beans, a heavy jug, etc.) and put into a dark warm place to sprout overnight. This will make about 2.5 cups of sprouted buckwheat.

Also soak nuts and dates overnight.

Rinse buckwheat and drain along with dates and nuts. Add dates, cacao, chai spice and sea salt into a food processor and mix until somewhat smooth. 

In al large bowl, combine dates, buckwheat, goji berries, coconut flakes, and nuts. Mix well. 

Spread mixture onto a teflon sheet or un-bleached parchment paper. The thickness should be about 3/4-1cm. Dehydrate for about 20 hours. Keep in airtight containers.

Makes about 15 bars.

In health,
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