While camping, it is possible to something else than hot-dogs and marshmallows. For example, campers will be looking for fast-cooking meals that include food that can be stored well without leading to a lot of dirty dishes. Here you will find some tips to help you have a good camping diet.
1) PLANNING meals in advance:
Making a menu is the most effective way to ensure you have balanced meals during your camping trip. In addition to having a balanced diet and having a good energy during your days; planning will save you money and allow you to have much more tasty meals.
It is also necessary to plan the equipment that will be needed; cooler, small-burner, cauldron, stove, propane tank, cast iron stove, aluminum foil, cooking pliers, utensils, plates, bowls, cups, dish soap, dishcloth, lighter / matches, etc.
2) MODIFY your classic recipes:
Without rattling your friends or family members, you can enjoy a little more balanced meals via these tips:
- Cooking a big steak on the grill over the fire is a tradition at home ? Try salmon or trout instead, wrapped in aluminum foil with vegetables and potato (drizzled with a little olive oil)
- You want to eat sausages like all your friends on your camping trip..but you would like to reduce your fat intake ?Think of chicken-based sausages. There are many different types on the market that are now much lower in fat and tasty. Many vegetarian sausages also have good nutritional values. Vegetables and potatoes accompany this dish well also.
- You always eat spaghetti because it's quick (pasta and cane meat sauce)? This year, make your sauce in advance and seal it in jars (see conservation tips video). It will be much better!
- You want to eat hamburgers to satisfy your loved ones? Opt for a lower fat option by replacing ground beef with turkey or ground chicken. Friends or family will love it just as much. Serve crudités or a nice salad as a side dish.
3) Create a pleasant atmosphere at meal time:
You are probably camping to enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. Put the cellphones aside. You can even light up candles or a camping lantern at dinner time.
4) Listen to your body; it gives you signals:
Take the time to enjoy your meals and to chat with your friends or family during meals. Holiday is a good time to take more time at meals and to listen to our hunger and satiety signals before and during meals. Be careful, too much alcohol could interfere with listening to those signals; let's aim for moderation.
5) Conservation tips
- Try canning low-acid foods (spaghetti sauce, homemade chili ...) so they can be stored at room temperature (see video):
- Bring meat & substitutes that remains good at room temperature: canned tuna (small flavored ones are very convenient to bring to the beach for lunch), peanut butter, canned beans, nuts and seeds, roasted soybeans - Freeze meat, so it will stay cold longer in your cooler.
- Freeze water bottles and use them as icepacks.
CAMPING RECIPE IDEAS
- Salmon and vegetable papillote (to be cooked on a grill, on a fire or on a camping burner and served with roasted potatoes also cooked in foil)
- Delicious spaghetti sauce recipe full of canned vegetables (you can add ground meat or crumbled tofu to add protein)
- A good homemade potted chili served with fresh bread, avocado slices and sour cream
- Bread on the fire (to eat with homemade chili)