Enjoy these healthy camping snacks on your next family camping trip!
There’s something about being outdoors, on vacation, getting more exercise than I might usually get, that puts me in the mood to snack. Constantly.
We relax our usual healthy eating habits somewhat when we go camping. There are always bags of chips around. We make the occasional trip to the camp store for chocolate bars and popsicles.
And then of course there are the campfire snacks: Smores, Campfire Cones, and their slightly healthier cousin, Banana Boats.
That adds up to a lot of junk food!
I need to make sure that there are lots of healthy snack choices in the mix.
A piece of fruit is the obvious choice for a healthy camping snack. Choose fruits that travel well, like oranges and apples. Don't bring soft fruits, like kiwis; they'll probably get squished before you have a chance to eat them.
When my children were small,
they wouldn’t eat apples - unless I cut the apples into slices!
A juicy orange is a refreshing treat on a hot day. Mandarin oranges, since they are easy to peel, are a good choice for kids.
These veggies work particularly well:
Add a dip, like Hummus, and you have a snack that’s substantial enough to quell the late-afternoon “Is it suppertime yet?” munchies.
Campfire snacks are as much fun to make as they are to eat!
Smores are the traditional campfire treat, for good reason: they are delicious!
Banana Boats are a moderately-more-healthy relation of Smores.
Campfire Cones are another fun variation on the Smores theme. Put some berries, marshmallow pieces and chocolate chips in a waffle cone.
Wrap the cone in foil, and place it on the grill. When the chocolate chips have melted, unwrap carefully and enjoy!
If I haven’t planned ahead, I end up stocking up on cookies and muffins from the grocery store or the bakery. That can get expensive - and isn’t the healthiest choice. There is a lot of sugar in a store-bought cookie!
If I have time before we leave, I make inexpensive, low-sugar goodies. In that case, I feel much better about allowing my kids - and myself - free rein with the baked goods!
Granola bars are a perfect camping snack. They’re great to munch in the car on the way and they are handy to take along on a hike. The regular store-bought variety is full of sugar and additives. If I have time, I make homemade granola bars with this healthy granola bar recipe.
They are made with the kind of healthy ingredients you would use if you did have time to bake! (My favorite is Apple Cinnamon. Chocolate Peanut Butter is good too. So is Chocolate Coconut!)
Muffins are great for a light breakfast or for an anytime snack. I can whip up a batch of delicious Banana Oatmeal Muffins or Blueberry Muffins in no time, the night before we leave on a camping trip.
...because you can never have too many!
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