At our household, summer means camping. When you think about camping; what foods come to mind?

  • hot dogs on white buns
  • hamburgers on white buns
  • marshmallows
  • chips
  • pop

Not exactly what you should be fueling your body with while enjoying the great outdoors. Unless your idea of camping is sitting in front of your satellite TV in your air-conditioned RV all weekend…camping burns a TON of calories. Even if you are sitting in RV all weekend, junk food isn’t the fuel your body needs. Not only is junk food empty calories, it’s also expensive. Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone to the store to buy a weekend worth of food and blown over $200.00 on junk. *Raises hand*

This year, we are striving to camp with REAL FOOD. Our family tends to graze rather than eat meals when its hot outside. Large meals in the summer is generally a waste of money and resources in our household. Camping is no exception. Here are some foods that you might find in our coolers:

  • homemade sourdough bagels
  • homemade granola
  • homemade clif bars
  • banana molasses oatmeal
  • soaked nuts
  • dried fruit
  • fruit leather
  • green drink (made ahead)
  • salad (made ahead) drizzled with cold-pressed olive oil and lemon juice
  • homemade chicken noodle soup (made ahead)
  • baked ‘hard-boiled’ eggs (made ahead)
  • coconut, rice or almond milk
  • lacto-fermented lemonade (made ahead)
  • filtered water, gallon jugs – bring stainless steel water bottles
  • celery
  • carrots
  • peanut butter
  • jelly (five ingredient rule or homemade)
  • bananas
  • apples
  • oranges
  • grapes
  • watermelon with lime juice (prepared ahead)
  • pumpkin carrot cake (made ahead)
  • homemade jerky
  • hearty cheese: swiss, gouda, longhorn cheddar
  • tuna
  • smoked salmon
  • sardines
  • quinoa
  • onions
  • bell peppers
  • purple potatoes
  • organic sausage
  • spices, according to menu plan
  • fresh herbs, according to menu plan


What do REAL FOOD do you take camping?



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