We are leaving for Colorado in a few days and this year, I’m doing some things differently. Last year, our trip was great, but I was dealing with some health issues that we found out later was Celiac disease. I couldn’t hike like I wanted to. I got in maybe 2 good hikes and that’s unacceptable in a place like Colorado. I was too sick to race a half marathon I was looking forward to enjoying. I hurt all the time, achy all over and constant headaches. I THOUGHT I was eating better with more fruits, veggies, and whole grains. Little did I know that the whole grains were cause the GI problems and the painful joints, headaches, brain fog, and possibly the hypoxia episode at 12,000 ft. I never had problems THAT severe with hypoxia. I don’t remember the details, but Stephen is still haunted by my attempt to walk off the cliff to go find better shoes.
Also different this year is we are tent camping for a few days. And we are taking more days for vacation. Instead of 14, we are looking at 21. While I am extremely excited, I’m also a little nervous about gluten contamination. One one hand, the days of camping will be the easiest because we can control the food we bring and prepare. On the other hand, I don’t want to get bored with days of just hamburgers.
So what are some good ideas for eating a Paleo lifestyle while camping?
These ideas depend on if you are going straight from home to the campsite or if you are going to do some hotel traveling before you get to camp. We are staying in a lodge for 5 nights before going to camp. On our last full day, we are going to hit up the farmer’s market and local store so I can prep some fresh food to last a few days.
Breakfast Ideas. One thing to remember when it comes to breakfast is to not limit yourself to “breakfast food”. A little leftover steak makes a great breakfast when chopped up with veggies and eggs. Think outside the breakfast box!
- diced veggies
- protein such as bacon, steak, ground beef or turkey, venison tenderloin, etc.
- paleo granola
- almond flour pancakes with honey, berries
- grain-free cereal with almond milk
- hot cup of vegetable soup
- fresh fruit
Lunch and Dinner Ideas. These depend heavily on the cooking equipment you have at hand. We are using a portable Coleman stove with a flat griddle for the tailgate. For the campfire, I have a cast iron skillet, skewers, and a wire rack to put over a fire and hold a smaller pot for soups, hot chocolate, etc.
- Burgers, hot dogs, portabello burgers
- FOIL PACKETS! The ideas are limitless. Combine a protein, veggies, and seasoning for a hot healthy meal. Clean up is a breeze.
- Easy paleo chili, vegetable soup.
- A fine grilled steak and baked sweet potato. (can you tell I’m looking forward to this meal?)
- Got fish? Grill it!
- Protein salads. If you have a cooler, buy the greens in the plastic (biodegradable) tubs so they do not get smashed. Grill/cook some chicken, beef, or fish.
- Canned goods: chicken, salmon, tuna, soup, salt-free vegetables
- Chicken skewers, veggie kabobs
- Paleo granola
- Paleo protein bars
- Larabars (check the ingredients before buying)
- Fresh cut veggies and dip
- The ultimate paleo snack: apples, oranges, bananas, berries
- Nuts, nut butter with fruit
- Anything leftover from dinner!
I will be adding more ideas to this list as we go along. Anybody have any tried-and-true Paleo meals for camping?