Eating Clean While Camping
Now don’t get me wrong, I am pretty lucky. I have a trailer, a stove, a travel BBQ, a fridge, and a cast iron pan (I never leave home without it), and a family that eats the same way I do. So I realize I am at an advantage here. But if you want to be a clean eater, and your health is important to you 365 days a year regardless of where it is you are calling home for the week, then, I’ve got a few tips for you.
Eating the way I do and caring for my body the way I do takes a lot more prep and forethought than simply grabbing something to go. So, whenever I am going on a trip, be it 2 days or 10, I do all my meal planning, shopping, and prep in advanced. For this trip I sat down about a week early and mapped out all of my meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) with my family, then I shopped specifically for those meals.
Dinners for 10 days:
1. Hamburgers with Potato salad
4. BBQ ribs
5. Chicken Salad
8. BBQ chicken
9. Steak Night
10. Out to dinner (we found a great little place in LeeVining)
Once I have my list now I know what to buy and what to cook ahead. Every night when I was cooking dinner during the week before our trip I doubled my meals. One night we had meatloaf for dinner and I made 2, and put one in the freezer for the trip. I made roasted chicken one night and cooked 3! Two I stripped down and froze for the trip, one we ate for dinner.
There are a few advantages to camping this way and only one disadvantage. The bad thing is all the time spent thinking/shopping and prepping. But the best part is: when you are out enjoying your vacation you can spend less than 5 minutes cooking each day! Less time cooking means a lot more time playing! Bonus: you get to feel great the whole time too!
For side dishes I made big salads, and brought tons of foil packets full of veggies and good seasonings. For breakfast we had paleo pancakes (I pre-cooked and stored in ziplock bags and reheated on a pan), with eggs (cooked fresh each day) and bacon (prepped ahead). For lunches we made tuna and chicken salad ahead and use lettuce for wraps. We brought tons of clean snacks like chips, granola, RX and lara bars, and cookies. We never felt deprived and we got to play from sun up till sundown without any interruptions.
All of this is to say, that it can be done. You can eat clean and be on vacation. There is nothing convenient about being a healthy or clean eater, but you can make your life easier by planning ahead and staying on top of things. If this is an area that you are really struggling with, let me help!
Be well my friend!
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