10 Healthy Foods That Are Perfect for Camping

The blazing campfires. The invigorating hikes. The gorgeous sunsets. The sense of disappointment as you get ready to prepare what feels like your thousandth hot dog… for breakfast.

While camping can be a great experience, the food is often anything but. Yet mealtime shouldn’t be the downfall of your trip. Even though finding healthy (and interesting) foods to take with you can be challenging due to lack of refrigeration and space, there are choices out there.

The next time you go into the wild, consider taking these 10 nutritious options with you to help you feel sustained from sunrise to ghost story time.

For super grain power: Alter Eco Black Heirloom Quinoa

  • Price: $7.95 for a 12-oz. bag
  • Good for: energy in the a.m.

Spoon it out, cook it up. Easiest breakfast ever. This special type of “royal heirloom” quinoa is grown on Bolivia’s volcanic Salar De Uyuni salt flat, which gives it an unmistakably fluffy, nutty taste. And if you want even more flavor, try jazzing up this vegan treat with dried fruit. Bonus: The package is compostable. Buy it here.

For warm and toasty vibes: Patagonia Provisions Red Bean Chili

  • Price: $7 for a 6.1-oz. bag
  • Good for: feeding the family for dinner

Skip the baked beans and go for something a bit more gourmet. You can make this certified organic chili in a pan over the campfire in about 10 minutes. While the end result is a piping-hot bowl of chili like your mom makes, it starts as a vegan dry mix containing red and pinto beans, tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, herbs, and spices. By the numbers, that’s 14 grams of plant-based protein that will energize you before that night hike. Get it here.

For natural nourishment: Patagonia Provisions Savory Grains

  • Price: $7 for a 3.9-oz. pouch
  • Good for: replacing a side dish of potato chips

You’ve heard of bulgur wheat and quinoa. Now meet another ancient grain — KAMUT khorasan wheat. Each portion is high in fiber and low in fat. They’re also available in a few different flavors (think green kale and mushroom). Just add to boiling water and simmer. It’s an earthy treat that may get you in the mood for foraging. Grab some here.

For ocean-fresh flavor: Patagonia Provisions Wild Lummi Island Pink Salmon

  • Price: $14 for two 4-oz. pouches
  • Good for: a light lunch

Fully cooked and ready to eat: music to a camper’s ears. And there’s no need to cast a line, either. This lightly smoked and peppered wild pink salmon can be eaten right out of the pouch and requires no refrigeration — although, once opened, keep it on ice and finish within three days. This salmon is harvested from sustainable runs off Lummi Island, Washington, using reef nets that allow for a superior product (think mild flavor and firm, flaky texture). Buy now.

For a snack attack: Primal Kitchen Dark Chocolate Almond Collagen Protein Bar

  • Price: $14.99 for a 6-pack
  • Good for: re-fueling on the go

Sure, you’ve been around the bar scene. Still, there’s nothing quite like this sweet and savory wonder, which offers the extra benefit of a collagen boost. Collagen is known to help relieve joint pain and improve skin health. Still, it’s understandable if you’re too busy enjoying the taste of Turkish almonds, roasted pumpkin seeds, and dark chocolate to think about all the health perks this bar offers. Either way, it’s an ideal addition to your backpack. Buy it here.

For a light bite: SeaSnax

  • Price: $8.95 for a 6-pack of sheets
  • Good for: chomping around the fire

While seaweed may not have the same fun factor as a s’more, it’s certainly healthier. SeaSnax has made the nutrient-packed ingredient available in several ready-to-chomp formats, including sheets, chips, and salad mix. The snacks are lightly roasted using organic seaweed, 100 percent organic extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of sea salt. If you like a little more kick, try the chipotle or wasabi flavors. Buy it here.

For a late day pick-me-up: That’s It Apple + Blueberry Bites

  • Price: $2.89 for a 1.83-oz. bag
  • Good for: binging in your tent

After digging in, you’ll be saying “just one more.” And that’s perfectly okay considering each bag has a modest 150 calories for a mouthful of dark chocolate, mixed with real apples and blueberries. They’re non-GMO, all natural, and gluten-free. It’s like fruit snacks, but all grown up! Buy some here.

For satisfying sipping: Aloha Banana Plant-Based Protein Powder

  • Price: $30 for 1 lb.
  • Good for: making water fun again

Boring old H2O? Add some flavor with this powder, which blends in easily and tastes like ripe bananas. You can also sprinkle it into your morning oatmeal for an energy boost or even bake it into pancakes when you’re back home. However, you play the game, you can feel good knowing it’s organic, gluten-, and dairy-free — plus it’s made with real bananas and a protein blend of pea, pumpkin, and hemp seeds. Get it here.

For dressing up meals: GSI Outdoors Soft-Sided Condiment Bottle Set

  • Price: $11.95 for four 2-oz. containers
  • Good for: making food more interesting, anytime

Can’t live without Green Goddess salad dressing? Have separation anxiety when you’re far from sriracha? Leave the glass and hard plastic containers at home and let these bottles help you out. They’re soft sided for easy packing and also leak proof. Buy them here.

 

The above article is courtesy of My EZ Health Guide and is intended for informational purposes only.

23 Comments
  • Idella Brown
    Posted at 19:24h, 04 June

    I tried the sea snax

  • lorena
    Posted at 21:26h, 03 October

    GREAT Information.

  • Darlene
    Posted at 23:31h, 31 August

    Yum yum!

  • Debbie
    Posted at 00:12h, 21 August

    I think the foods are something worth trying.

  • Elizabeth Johnson
    Posted at 18:44h, 20 August

    I love the ideas

  • Laurie Lierman
    Posted at 18:58h, 14 August

    Thanks for the food suggestions. It’s always difficult to plan the menu when camping.

  • Stacey
    Posted at 16:01h, 14 August

    Good information

  • Teresa Mcdaniel
    Posted at 21:27h, 08 August

    I love to camp, great reading

  • Melissa Bowmar
    Posted at 21:24h, 07 August

    Very informative!

  • Beth Fogleman
    Posted at 21:20h, 07 August

    I agree with the above comments about where to find the products; not every store has them, and they are more expensive than regular camping foods like oatmeal, dried fruit, granola bars and dry-pack tuna pouches. However, these are good healthy options to try sometime, and I’m glad to learn more about them.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 21:01h, 07 August

    Thank you for your feedback, Robert. I agree with you. Fortunately, many grocery stores are offering healthier items that also require little to no prep time. If you would like more information or support, feel free to call our Nutritionists at (855)498-4643 or email coaches@thePHMP.com. They will be happy to help!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 20:55h, 07 August

    Thank you for your feedback, Rissa. I understand completely. Not everyone has easy access to these items. Many grocery stores are carrying more healthy items and I’m certain you’ll discover some great finds!

  • Nancy
    Posted at 20:52h, 07 August

    Thank you, Deb. We’re glad you like the article. Hopefully you are able to find more healthy options for your next camping trip!

  • Myrna Heins
    Posted at 18:45h, 07 August

    Great reading

  • Robert Victor
    Posted at 18:27h, 07 August

    Good ideas. Not clear all these Foss are available at the corner grocery. Not everyone lives around the corner from a Whole Foods or Trader Vic’s, however,

  • Jonathan Upholz
    Posted at 18:11h, 07 August

    Great information

  • Deb Thramer
    Posted at 17:52h, 07 August

    Good information and love camping thank you

  • Jordan
    Posted at 17:39h, 07 August

    Good advice

  • Brandi Moran
    Posted at 17:26h, 07 August

    I would like to try the chili.

  • Rissa
    Posted at 17:21h, 07 August

    Seems like a lot of purchasing expensive specialty items. I’d rather put together camping food with easy to find in the grocery store ingredients.

  • myrna heins
    Posted at 17:19h, 07 August

    Very good information.

  • Susan Pourier
    Posted at 17:16h, 07 August

    Very Informative!!

  • Rachel Moore
    Posted at 17:16h, 07 August

    Sounds great