How is everyone? We just got back from a lovely camping trip with hubby’s family and we had a great time. Super exhausting, of course, but lots of fun!
Because, we eat a real food diet and nothing really changes when we go out of town or camping-apart from a few more treats than usual, I want to show you that it is possible to stick to a real food diet while camping, even with kids!
Here are some tips and meal ideas that we used on our recent camping trip:
- Pack lots of fruit and veggies! When someone needs a snack in the next 2 seconds or there will be an epic meltdown, having fruit handy is the quickest and healthiest way to calm the hungry beasts. We love to pack tons of berries, bananas, apples, and watermelon, carrot sticks, snap peas, and avocado.
2. Pick up some healthy packaged snacks to bring. These are great to bring to the beach with you and also for a little something extra special. This is essential if camping with other people who
eat like crap may not share your dietary philosophy.
3. Focus on simple meals. Breakfast in usually eggs and fruit and maybe some grass-fed breakfast sausage. Lunch is veggies and hummus, rice crackers, organic cheese, fruit, sometimes grass-fed hot dogs…. For us, lunch is usually small and more snack-like, since it feels like we eat all day long when camping! Anyone else?? Supper is a meat on the grill or fish that we caught that day, with a side of green veggie also on the barbecue and avocado, olives, raw veggies, baby potatoes….
4. Make some pre-made food healthy treats to bring with you. I made some grain-free pumpkin muffins to bring. These are easy to grab quickly, crowd pleasing (especially with a few mini chocolate chips on top) and also quite filling and nutrient dense. Win-win-win! We also brought a bunch of hard boiled eggs to have on hand to add to lunches or snacks.
5. Don’t stress about it too much. It’s summer, you’re camping, having fun, making memories, don’t worry so much about what your kids are or aren’t eating. If they eat a few more treats from Grandma’s magical refilling candy jar or drink an unbelievable amount of juice, it doesn’t really matter. At the end of the day, you know that the majority of what they are eating is healthy real food.
We really enjoyed ourselves this camping trip! Lots of laughs, time in the lake and sun and lots of yummy food! Can’t wait for our next trip! (But maybe not until next year, this mama is tiiiired)