With the Okanagan summer fires that often come our way, you may not have the awesome bonfire you crave. But this doesn't mean you have to skip out on the fun and experience of camping.
A 'raw' camping trip (no cooked food/no fire) is not only do-able, it's easy and it feels soooo good to wake up not feeling that heaviness from a stomach of questionable hot dogs, sticky s'mores and greasy potato chips.
Here's how to do it. [Eating clean while camping 101]
1. It doesn't take anything special.
You don't need any fancy equipment, in fact you can be even more minimalist (avoiding that HUUUGE job of unpacking when you get home, nice right?) saving you time & money because you'll be bringing less packaged foods and less tools.
2. Whole Foods are your friends.
A beautiful way to eat simply, affordably and well, whole foods are great travel foods - fresh or dried fruit, cut-up veggies and crackers with simple dips, or avocados can be easily cut and mashed into guacamole to eat with organic tortilla chips, added to top salsa or a slice of bread, or just eaten on their own. Avocados can last 2 full days in a good cooler, and with a lot of citrus (lemon or lime juice) it won't go brown on you. There are always ways around things that make you think "that won't work" - you just sometimes have to turn it around & look at it a different way.
3. Think simple - think chips and dip.
Organic tortilla chips are a great camping food that are easily mold-able into breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks with just a few other foods around.
This can also be done with a loaf of bread (or both!) and simply grazing throughout your lazy weekend. The key for packing for a clean-eating camping trip is to not over-do it and not overthink it.
Think 70's appy party. (Quick + Quirky)
Think 60's commune kitchen. (Reuse + Leftovers)
Appetizer foods that also blur the line as easy camping foods and don't require cooking (great for storing in a simple cooler while you enjoy the outdoors) include:
- rice chips/crackers/bread
- bliss balls
- sunflower seeds
- herb chicken liver pâté
- trail mix
- mixed olives
- tomato salsa
- granola bars
3. "Let them Eat Cake" she says
Just because you're eating clean while camping doesn't mean you can't have as much fun as you would on a typical hot dog-riddled nature escape. Drink your wine. Drink your beer. Enjoy all of it.
When it comes to nutrition, we must consider balance as in all of life. Eating clean feels great, but there are times when we decide we are going to go for that hot dog, or s'more. As long as we enjoy it happily (without guilt) our body can handle it (digest it) safely.
Sun out, feet up, FOOD. Enjoy your summer times. It really doesn't get any better than this.