Summer is for pitching tents, sunbathing, and roasting marshmallows beneath the starlight. Summer is for hiking, cliff jumping, and pulling on sweaters that have the musty scent of last night’s campfire.
I don’t know about all of you, but it seems to me as if camping is one of the most popular summer activities. With charred burgers, hot dogs, and gooey s’mores, camping can be so delicious but at the same time, not always so great for your health. To eating 5 s’mores with no remorse and gobbling up foods fresh off the grill, I have some ideas on how we can all camp, have fun, and still be health conscious.
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1. Bring fresh and canned vegetables to cook with
With vegetables you can make anything and still not miss out on vital nutrients. We made “fajitas”, refried beans, roasted corn, cooked tomatoes with onions, and heated up some tortillas. SO DELICIOUS! Seriously, best outdoor meal of my life by far.
You can cook using a portable backpacking stove and a cast iron skillet over a fire. We used Primus LiTech Cooking Set with the Ultralight Collapsible Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition and Jetboil Jetpower 4-Season Fuel Blend. All 3 of these have been very reliable on our camping and backpacking trips since they’re very compact and lightweight.
2. Bring an easy and healthy breakfast to make
Pack a jar of quick oats mixed with chia seeds and dried raisins/cranberries to cook in the morning. Top the oatmeal with some fresh fruit. Again, to cook the oats we used Primus LiTech Cooking Set with the Ultralight Collapsible Camping Stoves with Piezo Ignition and Jetboil Jetpower 4-Season Fuel Blend.
Surprisingly, for cooking two days worth of breakfast, boiling water for coffee twice, and cooking two dishes for dinner over this stove, we only used one Jetboil fuel canister.
3. Campfire Roasted Corn (BEST SNACK IDEA EVER)
4. Camp Nearby interesting places to explore
We camped at Hungry Gulch Campgrounds in the Sequoia National Forest right next to Lake Isabella. You can usually make reservations for campgrounds here. I’d suggest making reservations for any campground you’re planning to visit since most of these places become pretty packed over the summer.
Nearby us were some hot springs that were unfortunately covered with river water due to the tremendous amount of rainfall we’ve had this year in California. Mark and Maria’s feet definitely took some time to acclimate to the freezing water.
We couldn’t swim here because the current would have swept us away, but we still monkeyed around on trees and ate our lunches (maybe not the smartest thing to do come to think of it).
These hot springs would have been much nicer if people who visited picked up their trash. That box and the majority of everything in it did not belong to us. All we had were stringed cheese, bread with hummus, and corn for lunch so yeah…we packed up everyone else’s trash on our hike back.
Back at Lake Isabella we swam, sunbathed, and settled down in a quiet spot on a warm rock to read. The Warrior Heir is the reason why I got sunburnt (read for so long I forgot to reapply sunscreen!)
Of course, all along the Sequoia National Forest is a long meandering river and some beautiful places to stop and have picnics.
Every corner sends you to a different part of the river. Some parts are more violent than others and you need to be careful about not slipping in.
You could also have some fun on the rocks!
Or enjoy the view in a different part of the river
We love camping, as I’m sure some of you do too! We just also love the aspects of balancing health with the fun foods. I had about 2-3 s’mores a night while out in the forest, and instead of using milk chocolate, I used dark chocolate to somewhat lower the sugar content. There are so many little things that we can do in order to make sure we don’t completely forsake our health when having fun camping.
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Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this post and please do let me know in the comments below what your favorite camping foods are! Stay happy and healthy, y’all!
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