Earlier this year we took a trip to Yosemite. It was so, so beautiful. No picture could possibly do it justice! It was my first time camping and I was very excited. And scared (looking at you, bears). But it was a trip I will never, ever forget. Our actual campsite was about 30 minutes outside of Yosemite at Silver Lake Campground. Which as you can see in the picture above, was quite alright. We went on so many awesome hikes and did a ton of exploring. And I, of course, made it out without a bear attack. *High Fives*
Guys, seriously... Take. This. Trip!
So the question I asked myself prior to this adventure was how the heck am I going to maintain my diet while camping? I mean for 4 days I was going to be without a fridge or stove. Most people pack a ton of pre-packaged foods like chips, PB&J's, etc. Basically… JUNK. I wasn't going to settle for that, especially since I knew my body was going to need real fuel for all of the strenuous activity that we would be doing. With a little research and a lot of planning, I survived and without sacrificing decent nutrition.
Here are some tips on how to eat healthy while camping:
- Plan, plan, plan! Plan out your menu ahead of time and be sure to have an adequate amount of food. The last thing you want is to be miles from a grocery or restaurant and be hungry. Not cool.
- For breakfast pack oatmeal, nuts, and berries. You can prepackage these into single servings in little tupperware containers. Throw them in a bowl and add hot water… Boom. Oatmeal.
- Pack easy, light lunches. Whole wheat or seed bread, almond butter, grapes, etc. I treated lunch as sort of a "big snack." You're on the run and need to be able to throw it in your backpack. You also don't want to be weighed down and ready for a nap after.
- Make a hearty dinner! Bring a cooler and reserve it strictly for dinner foods. I brought tupperware containers filled with various vegetables and pre-cooked quinoa. You can mix it up differently every night and heat it over the fire in a pan.
- Snacking healthy while camping is a piece of cake. Just pack some fruits that can be eaten at any temperature: bananas, apples, peaches, grapes, plums. Or whip up a batch of kale chips at home to bring along.
Don't forget to bring and consume lots of water... Now go, be adventurous!