If food really tastes better in the outdoors, imagine how great making your own meals from healthy camping recipes will taste.
Today’s backpackers have plenty of options for dehydrated and pre-packaged instant meals and hiking snacks. But bringing your own healthy camping recipes can be rewarding and add variety. Making your own meals from camping recipes is especially helpful if you have dietary restrictions or special needs. Plus, crafting your own backcountry meals helps you ensure that every ingredient used is healthy, free of processing or refined sugar.
It also helps you make sure you’re getting a calorie-dense meal. After all, backpacking is hard work and you’ll need to refuel with a meal that’s fast, lightweight, and packs in the calories so you can start all over again the next day.
With just a bit of preparation and forethought, you can eat well in the outdoors. Here are a few of our favorite healthy camping recipes, perfect for your next foray into the backcountry.
This recipe is not only easy to make, but also high in protein to keep you fueled on a camping trip. You’ll simply add the ingredients to a Ziploc bag and add boiling water when ready to eat. The secret ingredient in this recipe is a teaspoon of chia seeds or flaxseed for a boost of great nutrients. And bringing along a chicken bouillon cube adds flavor and salt that will help your body retain water and stay hydrated.
This quick recipe calls for combining Textured Vegetable Protein and other ingredients in a bag for a protein-packed meal. Textured Vegetable Protein is a great way to add a chewy and dense meat-like substitute to your meals that is lightweight and easy to take into the backcountry. An added benefit: unlike fresh meat, it won’t spoil.
Gruyère cheese, sundried tomatoes, and salami make for a flavorful combination in this pasta. The carbs will help you reload, too, and it all takes just a quick prep at home and a few minutes of boiling water on the trail.
The tasty combination of freeze-dried or dehydrated raspberries with cacao nibs and almond butter will have you waking up happy. The nibs, which are naturally sugar-free and loaded with antioxidants, also provide a nice boost of theobromine, which is a mood booster similar to caffeine without the addictive properties or crash.
This easy, filling, and delicious meal doesn’t have to be relegated to a November trip. This recipe combines Idahoan mashed potatoes with instant stuffing, craisins, nuts, and freeze-dried sausage or turkey packs for a ton of great flavor. It comes together quickly, too, so it’s perfect after a long, hard day on the trail.