Healthy eating while camping… it’s possible

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This article was published 30/06/2020 (821 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

With the camping season upon us and things starting to slowly open up after the first wave of COVID-19, families, couples and pets are eager to get outside and enjoy the woods and fresh air.

During this time, healthy eating and snacking often goes by the wayside in favor of junky munchies, s’mores, hot dogs, smokies and booze.

While it is important to maintain some traditions, such as roasted marshmallows by the campfire, it is possible to make your camping meals and snacks healthier and tasty.

Dreamstime.com Watching what you eat is possible when you’re camping.

For example, rather than relying on having pop and juices on hand, try flavoured water (carbonated or not) or iced tea made with green tea, lemon and mint. Salads, oatmeal and parfaits in a jar made with low-fat dressings and yogurts make things instant and ready to go. (The Manitoba Dairy Farmers Association has some great recipe ideas to try out.)

Additionally, it’s fairly simple to replace chips and candies with unsalted mixed nuts or homemade trail mix with a variety of dried fruit on hand. Use whole grain buns and breads, choose low-sugar cold cereals and bring plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables along, such as those tasty sugar snap peas.

The common staples of camping are steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Mix things up by trying chicken marinated in Italian dressing or salmon portions mixed with dill, lemon, olive oil or even balsamic vinegar.

Barbecuing foil pouches of baby potatoes and colorful vegetables makes a great accompaniment to some of these dishes. Plus it saves on doing the dishes.

If possible, try making your own homemade muffins, made with wheat flour, fruits and ground flaxseed.

Alcohol is usually part of camping but drinking can be healthier by switching to light beers, diluting wine with club soda or making a sangria with wine, fruit and flavoured water. This not only helps cut down on the calories but keeps you sober longer.

You should also pace yourself when it comes to drinking. Have water or non-alcoholic beverages in between the alcoholic ones.

While camping, try to get out for a walk or a bike ride and if you are lucky enough to have a pool or lake close by, take advantage and polish up on those swim strokes.

Have fun and eat well. Happy summer, happy camping!

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com

Lisa Lagasse

Lisa Lagasse
Charleswood community correspondent

Lisa Lagasse is a registered dietitian and community correspondent for Charleswood. Email her at Charleswoodres@gmail.com or find her on Twitter: @LisaRD42324393

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