This weekend Cody, the puppies, and I are going camping with some friends from our church. Woohoo! Camping was one of my all-time favorite trips to go on as a kid, and I still love it to this day. There’s nothing like being in nature, eating campfire food, going on hikes, and smelling like a campfire the whole weekend! Ha! We haven’t had a chance to go yet this season, so we’re especially excited to get moving today and get to the mountains. In Arizona, we had to drive anywhere from 2-4 hours to get out of the heat and find a good camping spot, so it’s quite a treat when we only have to drive an hour here in Utah to get out of the city. We’re all geared up with some of our new camping supplies we got for our wedding: a tent, lantern, cooking stove, air mattress. We’ll be camping in style! At least compared to last summer with our “hillbilly tent”. (below) 😉
The only thing that’s missing so far: food! Such an important part of camping, in my opinion. When my family went camping, my stepdad would always make the most amazing food. It was something everyone always looked forward to on our camping trips. I definitely won’t be able to live up to his camp-cooking abilities, but I’m sure going to make sure we have some yummy goodies and meals to take along!
Here’s my shopping list:
-S’mores fixins (marshmallows/graham crackers/chocolate/Reese’s PB cups)…yes, I did add in an extra item! Reese’s PB cups are amazing on s’mores! Try it! So I know s’mores aren’t anything close to “healthy”, but c’mon, it’s just something you have to have at least ONE of while you’re camping. I’ll work it off while hiking around anyways, right? 😉
-Turkey bratwurst and buns (You may squeeze up your nose to the thought of turkey bratwurst, but even Cody can hardly tell a difference! I promise! They are amazing, and much better for you! Yum!)
-Chicken (to grill over the campfire)
-Corn on the cob and asparagus (to grill over campfire as sides with our chicken & brats)
-Clif bars (Great for a quick breakfast or healthy afternoon snack)
-PB&J and turkey sandwich fixins (Easy, fairly healthy lunch)
-Fruit (peaches, strawberries, apples to munch on for snacks and meal sides)
-Baby carrots (another good snack to munch on)
-Trail Mix (delicious, energy-boosting snack)
There you have it! I think I remembered everything…at least the important stuff. Notice I put s’mores at the top of my list? Can’t forget that one! 🙂 As you plan you’re camping trips this summer, I challenge you to think of some healthy but delicious snacks/meals you can pack to balance out the inevitable “less healthy” snacks/meals that come along with camping. Enjoy the “camping staples” such as s’mores and hotdogs, but don’t overdo it and pair it with a healthy side or snack. Also, move! There’s no better place to move, hike, and walk around than the beautiful outdoors! Off I go to get my morning workout on, finish some last minute grocery shopping, and pack up the truck! See you Sunday!
- What are some of your favorite foods to have on a camping trip?
- Are there any healthy meal or snack ideas that you have for camping?