I just returned from what was one of the wettest camping
trips ever. It wasn't a sleep-in-the-van-overnight "oops the tent REALLY leaks" wet like we experienced on our 2012
camping adventure but it did rain for a full 15 hours during the day on this trip. And we were with 7 families and 18 kids.
Ice cream and wine got us through.
this camping trip got me thinking about how we tend to pack for camping and eating out of a cooler for 2-3 days and I realized
that just because we are camping, doesn't mean we have to live on hot dogs and roasted marshmallows.
We certainly did all the traditional favorites, but with a twist. I added
fruit to the cones filled with marshmallows that we melted for dessert and we cooked giant lean sausage instead of hot dogs
on the open fire with our roasting sticks. We certainly enjoyed more bubbly beverages and chips not made from kale than usual,
but we also had salad and corn for dinner and yogurt and eggs for breakfast and our avocado sandwiches were the envy of everyone
at the beach.
Knowing we were going to be
having extra treats, I tried to plan for at least 2 balanced meals a day while camping. It was not difficult to switch up
the usual camping menu of burgers and dogs for something a little healthier and it made room for the extra special treats.
On rainy camping days - you need extra treats!
to Pack for Healthy Eating while Camping
& Fibre Packed Breakfast
These Oatmeal Packs are perfect, just add water. A dozen eggs and loaf
of whole grain bread means you can have scrambled eggs one day and French toast the next! Kids will be ready for a full day
of camping adventures.
Plan for easy make-in-the-morning-then-head-to-the-beach
peanut butter and banana sandwiches or nitrate free chicken slices with cheese, tomato and avocado. Cut up apples and take
grapes, hummus and veggie sticks. Fill up on the healthy sandwiches and fruit first so you have room for a stop at the ice
cream shop before your beach day is done!
Don't just throw hamburgs
in the cooler and call it a meal - pack boneless chicken breasts and corn on the cob, take chunks of stewing beef and make
your own beef kebobs for the grill and trade in unhealthy hot dogs for lean turkey sausages. Have the kids put the sausages
on their marshmallow roasting sticks and let them cook dinner over an open fire. Camping fun for sure!
Smores will always be a favorite around here, but this year I surprised the
kids with these Grilled Ice Cream Cones and Banana Smores. By filling a banana instead of
a graham cracker with the with marshmallows and chocolate you just created a healthy dessert! And why not try strawberries
and bananas melted into mini marshmallows in a cone? Good fun and good for you!
Enjoy your camping weekend and making marshmallow memories!
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who,
when not running after the kids, is running in the trails! She blogs about Raising Healthy Kids and ensures her own have fun
while eating healthy & staying active. To read more articles you can visit her websites www.iron-kids.com & www.adultgummies.com or visit her on Facebook at IronKids.Health and Adult Essentials.