As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’m new to Calgary and was especially lucky to know the owners of The Norseman! A few friends and I went back country camping this weekend and ate amazingly! What is back country camping? It’s where you pack what you need in your backpacks and carry it while hiking to your campground of choice. Eating is huge when you are camping but when you are hiking to your destination you really have to limit what you bring because you will have to carry it. So what does one eat while back country camping you ask? Things that will give you the most bang for your buck for nutrients and preferably light in weigh too J
Our meals consisted of oatmeal (with a few extras like chia seeds and dried figs to boost the nutrients) for breakfast, PB &J sandwiches for lunch with some carrots/snow peas, jerky/dried meats with mixed nuts for snacks and curries – Yes! I said curries for supper J Easy and quick, we used packaged curry paste mixed with powdered coconut milk and water to create the sauce then added our veggies along with some smoked or dried meats topped with some couscous (none for me) and voila! The second curry was quite similar but this time was with pre-cut cauliflower and some rehydrated hash browns (GF of course) and they were both delicious!
There are a number of freeze-dried or dehydrated meals that you can buy and some of them are actually quite tasty but others are not. Instead of buying and relying on those types of meals, next time try and create your own with everyday ingredients.
As you can see, with a little prep work at home prior to heading out, along with thinking outside of the box of the usual hot dogs/burgers you can enjoy a wonderful, nutritious and fulfilling meal. What are some of your camping food favourites?
It’s true, sometimes when we come home from work, you just don’t want to make anything for supper. Does this happen to you? A lot of people fall tend to think that a healthy meal will need to take at least 30 minutes to cook! When in fact, it can take as little as 10-15 minutes. Even less if you’ve already bought pre-cut and pre-washed vegetables!
The idea ...behind a healthy and nutritionally balanced meal is that you are wanting to aim for about 1 food from each food group; but if you can only (or only want) to do 3 out of the 4, then that’s ok too.
Why you may ask? It’s because there isn’t one food that can give you all the nutrients you need for a healthy body. Ensuring that variety is there helps you get most, if not all, the nutrients you need. Plus, it will help with satiety at the end of your meal too :) An example of this would be the classic, meat (protein), vegetables and potato/rice/grains/ You might finish off your meal with a yogurt as dessert or sprinkle some parmesan on the vegetables or potato. Or you might just decide not to add anything extra. Another idea I give clients, especially if they don’t want to cook anything is to have a cold plate. This could be vegetables, hummus with some cheese/2 eggs and crackers. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but something simple will do in a pinch!
Here’s one of my favourite quick go-to. options. To make it simple and fast, I use a pre-flavoured can of tuna (Skipjack so lower in mercury). Stir fry some vegetables (whatever you have on hand), have some noodles (mine are GF but you could use regular or even a veggie noodle), once everything is cooked, combine altogether with the tuna. Top off maybe with another drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper and enjoy!
What’s your favourite quick supper go-to?
I work as a Dietitian and definitely walk the talk. I love to cook and help people get back to being healthy again.