5 ways to eat healthily when camping

We live in such an amazing part of the world, here in the Forest of Dean. There are over 520 km2 to be enjoyed of breath taking scenery – forests (obviously!), ancient towns and villages and walks by the river. We are, after all, ‘the land betwixt the Severn and Wye!’

Many people visit the Forest of Dean to camp. There are over 30 campsites dotted throughout the district, each with something different to offer. Whether you’re here to spot animals (deer, boar, wild horses and free-roaming sheep to name a few), a bird spotter (we have peregrine falcons and goshawks) or you’re after the tranquility of nature – carpets of bluebells and daffodils and  the captivating Puzzlewood come to mind or adventure – we have Go Ape, kayaking, tree climbing, bushcraft and mountain biking in abundance – you’ll find something for everyone.

And you can choose a basic ‘back to nature’ site or a more indulgent glamping facility with hot tubs!

Camping seems the obvious choice for a healthy holiday – you’re immersed in the great outdoors, with opportunities for walking, hiking, canoeing, cycling or horse riding.

But what about food?

It can be tempting to resort to charred meat on a barbecue (which can be carcinogenic), ‘all day breakfasts’ from a tin can and to keep energy reserves up with sugary snacks and drinks.

Fortunately there are some ways to eat healthily when limited to a campfire. Here are some of them:

Snacks

Prepare high protein snacks before you leave home and decant into snack size containers. Home made trail mix (nuts, seeds and dried fruit) is ideal. You can buy the individual ingredients from a health food shop and mix your own choices together. Flapjack is another good food – it’s filling and has slow release energy from the oats. It’s simple to make and can be cut up into bite sized chunks. Try this tropical breakfast bars recipe. Or try jerky – look for ones with minimal additives.

Stay hydrated

If you’re going to be more active than usual and exposed to the elements, it’s essential that you remain hydrated. Remember to pack reusable bottles for everyone and fill them up at the campsite each day.

Prepare veggies at home

You can prepare veggies for dipping such as carrot sticks, radishes and cucumber. Remember to keep them cool to prevent wilting. Sometimes storing them in an air tight container of water will increase their lifespan.

Breakfast

A great start to the day is oats. You can pre-weigh oats at home and sweeten them with dried fruit or local honey to make a satisfying porrage. Alternatively pancakes are simple to create in a frying pan – weigh out the ingredients at home, so all you need to do is add the egg and milk. You can take ready prepared fruits too, cut up into small pieces.

Main meals

You can toss prepared vegetables in oil and wrap in foil, then just drop them onto a fire to cook – add some grated cheese or a tin of fish afterwards for an amazing meal. (You can do this in a large frying pan if you prefer). You can also cook jacket potatoes (although you may prefer to cut the potatoes into wedges to reduce cooking time, or try it with several small new potatoes for a delicious treat). Taking small amount of herbs and seasonings with you on your trip can make all the difference and you can ring the changes with different vegetable mixes. High quality soup is a great stsandby too – buy or make chunky soups for a more filling meal or add tins of beans or lentils for essential fibre and enjoy local, seasonal produce where ever you can to boost your vitamin and mineral levels.

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