Eating healthy and fresh while on the go gives you more energy and a better attitude. That’s why it’s time to include more healthy options wherever you go. There are many ways to eat healthily, whether that is including more fruits and vegetables in your meals, or eating vegan for a couple of days.
Veganism is a lifestyle that many choose to follow because of the health, social justice, and environmental benefits that come from it. According to Healthline, “[Vegans] chose not to consume dairy, eggs or any other products of animal origin, in addition to not eating meat like the vegetarians.” If trying the vegan lifestyle or eating vegan for a couple of days it too much, choosing to incorporate fruits and vegetables more often to meals is also a great trade-off.
There are an abundant amount of reasons why you and your Scout should practice healthy eating, especially when engaged in outdoor activities. Understand that unhealthy eaters aren’t necessarily just overweight or skinny. To eat right you must eat foods with the essential vitamins and minerals. The vitamins you need are A, B, C, D, E, and K. Some important minerals are iron and calcium which build strong bones, among other benefits. Eating healthier gives you the vital nutrition you need to keep you energized and reduces the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even obesity. Many people think that eating healthy is hard because there are only certain foods they can eat. However, there are plenty of online resources that include recipes and tips.
Meals or Snacks
While we understand picky-eaters can make cooking or preparing healthy meals hard, there are still options. That’s why we choose these meals that are similar but somewhat different from regular meals like burgers and tacos. Try some or several of these the next time you go camping!
- Campfire Tacos, you can swap regular potatoes with the sweet potatoes if preferable
- Coconut Red Lentil Stew
- Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
Many of these meals contain ingredients that don’t need refrigeration, so they aren’t as high-maintenance. You don’t need to carry a cooler and worry about refilling it with ice which will also lighten your camping gear load.
Outdoor Cooking Supplies
It’s important to have all the necessary cooking ware to create these healthy snacks and meals. Consider using these supplies when choosing to cook healthy meals on your outdoor adventure.
- Portable grill plate
- Collapsible mixing bowl
- Food storage containers (perfect for nuts and trail mix balls)
- Large lightweight cooking pot
Many of these supplies will reduce the waste produced during your outing, that way it’s easier to leave no trace. Also, a tip to reducing waste and keeping your pack light is to prep many of these meals before you leave for your trip. That way, bringing things like a knife and a cutting board aren’t necessary.
For more vegan meals, tips, and planning resources visit Running on Real Food.