Jeanie is a certified nutritionist with a passion for nature and outdoor adventures. She merges her knowledge of healthful eating with her love for camping to provide practical advice on staying nourished and energized in the wilderness. Her mission is to guide people towards making healthier food choices while they take pleasure in exploring the outdoors.
When it comes to camping, I believe that eating healthy shouldn't be a challenge. With a little preparation and some simple recipes, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals while enjoying the great outdoors. Here are some easy and healthy camping meals that you can try on your next trip:
1. One-Pot Vegan Chili: This hearty and flavorful chili is packed with protein and fiber. Simply sauté onions, garlic, and bell peppers in a large pot. Add in canned beans, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, and your favorite spices. Let it simmer for about 30 minutes and you'll have a delicious chili that everyone will love. You can find more one-pot vegan camping meals like this on our website.
2. Quinoa Salad: Quinoa is a great source of protein and it's easy to cook while camping. Cook quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool. In a bowl, mix the cooked quinoa with chopped vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, and bell peppers. Add in some fresh herbs, lemon juice, and olive oil for a refreshing and healthy salad.
3. Veggie Skewers: Grilling vegetables is a simple and delicious way to enjoy a healthy meal while camping. Cut your favorite vegetables into bite-sized pieces and thread them onto skewers. Brush them with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and grill them over the campfire until they're tender and slightly charred. Check out our top 10 vegetarian camping recipes for more ideas.
4. Lentil Soup: Lentils are a great source of protein and they cook quickly, making them perfect for camping. In a pot, sauté onions, carrots, and celery until they're soft. Add in dried lentils, vegetable broth, and your favorite spices. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes and you'll have a hearty and nutritious soup.
5. Campfire Tacos: Tacos are always a crowd-pleaser, even while camping. Cook some black beans over the campfire and season them with cumin, chili powder, and garlic powder. Warm up some tortillas over the fire and fill them with the beans, diced tomatoes, avocado, and your favorite toppings.
6. Oatmeal Packets: For a quick and easy breakfast, prepare individual oatmeal packets before your camping trip. In small resealable bags, combine rolled oats, dried fruits, nuts, and a pinch of salt. When you're ready to eat, simply add hot water to the bag, let it sit for a few minutes, and enjoy a warm and filling breakfast.
Remember, when camping, especially in bear country, it's important to pack foods that are easy to store and won't spoil quickly. Opt for non-perishable items like canned beans, dried fruits, and nuts. And don't forget to bring a cooler to keep perishable items like vegetables and tofu fresh. Here are some tips on how to store food in bear country.
With these easy and healthy camping meals, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious food while exploring the great outdoors. Don't forget to pack some energy foods for hiking to keep you fueled during your adventures. Happy camping and happy eating!