Can You Really Eat Healthy On a Camping Trip?


Camping with Food Restrictions? It Can Be Done!

When we think of camping out what comes to mind? Most likely you think of tents, campfires, beer, marshmallows, and hotdogs. However, when you are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle camping food can seem impossible. I assure you it is not as long as you prepare yourself ahead of time!
I go camping once a year at a family and friends event. Last year the event peaked at 350 campers! Every year they either offer a potluck for food (bring a dish to share) or a food truck. Neither of these options works for me since I am gluten and soy free.  I have learned to adapt and overcome these boundaries. Hopefully some of my techniques will prove helpful.
You can still drink and eat fun food even when you have dietary restrictions!
Grab a cold one!
We are so lucky that there are a wide variety of gluten-free beers available!  Most hard ciders are also gluten-free.  So don’t feel like you are left out while your friends and family open a nice cold beer on a hot day. Instead, crack open your Angry Orchard, Omission or Glutenator and cheers them!
Here are some of the most popular Gluten-Free beers:
  • Brunehaut Organic Amber Ale
  • Redbridge Gluten-Free Sorghum Beer
  • Joseph James Fox Tail Ale
  • Glutenator
  • Green’s Enterprise Dry Hopped Lager
  • Omission Lager
  • New Planet Pale Ale  New Planet
Truth about those cute little Marshmallows
Marshmallows are made of whipped sugar that is coated with corn starch. Some marshmallows contain eggs. Most people reading these blogs are trying to avoid either all or majority of these ingredients. Here are some great alternative marshmallow recipes I found.
Homemade Marshmallow Recipe {GAPS, Paleo, SCD} [Click to Tweet]
Healthy Homemade Marshmallows – Gluten/Corn/Dairy/Egg Free, GAPS Friendly


Vegan Marshmallows!!
 Avoiding Nitrates
Nitrates and nitrites are food preservatives added to processed meats and are linked to gastrointestinal cancer and heart disease. Nitrates also affect the way your body uses sugar, making you more likely to develop diabetes.1  These processed meats are also high in sodium and saturated fat, which can disrupt a heart-healthy diet. The best alternative is to buy fresh un-processed meat. There are plenty of butchers that offer a wide choice of fresh meat. A great alternative to hot dogs could be turkey and chicken sausage! Look for grass-fed beef, or bison burgers. Another easy snack to cook over the campfire is shish kabobs. Line up a skewer with fresh chicken, veggies, and/or fruit, cover with a dressing of your choice, and enjoy! [Click to Tweet]


I hope this helps you see that you can still enjoy camping out. Remember there is always an “I can have” for every “can’t have” that you think of!
Do you have a recipe for a healthy camping treat?
Missty Klinger
August 24, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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