Summer is finally here and with the season comes warmer weather activities that are an important part of living in such a great area. From fishing, hiking, camping and other activities, there’s no shortage of things to keep us moving, but overall health should include nutrition, too. Have you ever wondered how to make your camping meals healthier? We discussed how to incorporate healthy choices in your camping food plan with our Director of Nutrition Services, Nancy Kure, RDN, LD, CDCES. Nancy, who has worked at Gritman since 1983, helps facilitate our Weight Management and Diabetes Prevention Program. Here are some tips she shared to make camping meals delicious and nutritious!
Start some new campfire traditions:
Try a grilled fruit kabob using things like pineapple, strawberries, cantaloupe and bananas for a sweet and healthy treat. They only take a few minutes on the grill or fire! Cut down on food prep while camping by skewering them ahead of time.
Another fun option is campfire banana s’mores! Use one banana per person, set it in foil and split down the middle. Add 2 tbsp mini marshmallow and 1 tbsp chocolate chips inside the banana and wrap tightly in the foil. Set the foil in the coals of the campfire for 7- 10 minutes for a tasty treat!
Bonus: Add sweet roasted berries to your s’mores for some fiber!
How to get more vegetables while you are camping:
Grill vegetables in foil on the campfire. For example, mix asparagus, mini peppers and zucchini with a hint of garlic and olive oil. Seal the foil and grill for 4 minutes on each side for a total of 8 minutes over the fire. To save precious adventuring time, cut up the veggies before the trip so they are ready to go!
Fireside fajitas are another great and easy option that can be prepped before you go. Just cut up chicken breast, onions and an assortment of green, red and yellow peppers. Mix this with 2 tsp of Mrs. Dash fiesta lime seasoning, garlic powder and a pinch of salt and pepper. Add everything to a cast-iron skillet over the fire or grill. Once finished, wrap the medley in a whole wheat tortilla shell and serve with salsa, chopped cilantro, avocado and lime wedges. Healthy never tasted so good!
Freeze some items to keep the cooler cold:
Use a batch of bean and rice burritos as a healthy, meal-prepped option to double as ice packs. A few days before your trip, wrap burritos individually in foil and freeze. Pack them in the ice chest around your other food items. They will keep your food cold while thawing and be ready to eat whenever you need them. Chop up tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno and onions to have ready to add to serve with the burritos for a scrumptious, easy meal.