When I think of camping food, the likes of burgers, chips, hot dogs, muffins, and cookies cross my mind. I have no problem with these foods in moderation. The issue however is that I rarely practice moderation when camping and I always come home feeling awful and having gained five pounds. In effort to change this pattern, a little over two weeks ago I blogged about our plans to attempt a (mostly) gluten-free camping trip .
To prepare we packed a variety of foods sans-gluten, as well as fresh fruits and veggies to allow for lots of snacking.
In all honesty, our trip was so far from gourmet, that I am a little embarrassed to share what we ate. Leading up to the trip I didn’t have a ton of time to prepare or shop, so it is what it is.
For breakfast we had oatmeal. It was a nice, high-fiber start to each day that kept us full until lunch.
Sadly, I do not have pictures of lunch, but I had made Chinese Chicken Salad with double the cabbage and rice noodles instead of ramen noodles. It was a tasty and easy meal with little clean up! Plus it travels well. I would definitely bring it again.
Dinners were so, so. Both nights we had vegetarian chili with Adele’s Chicken Sausage and corn chips. Honestly, they did the deal, but had I have had more time to prepare I would have made dinners MUCH more exciting. Potatoes cooked over the fire, steak, fish, roasted veggies…. YUM. That would have been delicious. Next time.
Snacks were by far my favorite food of the entire trip. Between meals we nibbled on fresh strawberries, plums, apricots, peppers, and carrots. Nom, nom, nom.
Even the dogs were into the fruits and veggies. Ha!
I do have to say that it was nice having energy while we were camping and not feeling sluggish from eating junk food the entire time. On our next camping expedition, I definitely would like to do it gluten-free again. The only difference is that I would like to be better prepared and think a little outside the box in meal planning.
As you prep for you final camping trips of the year, I encourage you to modify your normal menu a little and add some healthy options. You don’t have to go quite as extreme as we did, but at the very least try to complement some of the less healthy options with fresh fruits and veggies!