Eating Healthy While Camping

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It can be very easy to slip on a diet while on vacation and for those who are still holding on to their New Year’s resolutions, the thought of eating healthy while on a camping trip may seem impossible. Typically we think hot dogs and smores when we think of camping food, but there are plenty of easy, healthy options to consider as well. Check out a few of our favorites!

 

No Bake Energy Balls

These are a super easy snack you can make a head of time that will last throughout your trip. They are also customizable so if you’re not a fan of coconut or have a peanut allergy, you can substitute ingredients.

Ingredients:

Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and place in the fridge for 10-20 minutes. Once chilled, take scoops of the combined mixture and roll into small balls, or press into flat squares if you’d rather make them into bars. Place the balls or bars into an airtight container and place back in the fridge. And that’s it! From there you can just bring them along on your trip and snack as you go. Its best to keep them chilled if possible so that the chocolate doesn’t melt.

 

Bear Toast

An easy breakfast option is bear toast. While its nice to have toasted bread (you can always toast ahead of time if you don’t have access to a toaster at the campsite), you can also use regular bread as well. Spread on some peanut butter, berries of your choice, a little bit of honey and sprinkle with nuts or seed if you desire. These can also be made ahead and stored in ziplock bags in a cooler, or made fresh at the campsite.

 

Foil Pack Dinners

A great and easy option is cooking in foil packs. By cooking individual packs you can ensure that everyone gets a taste of their own, especially if you’ve got any picky eaters with you. Foil packs can also be made a head of time by seasoning you meat and veggies and rolling up in the foil. If someone doesn’t like carrots, make their pack without them. Maybe two people want chicken and everyone else wants steak, no problem! The benefit of foil packs is that you can customize each meal.

 

Snacks

Easy bring along snacks also include bananas, oranges which can all last without the need to be refrigerated. Pretzels, pita chips or nuts are great healthy options opposed to snacking on endless amounts of potato chips and tuna packets with crackers can give you a little extra protein in between meals.

Don’t Let Allergies Ruin Your Trip

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Allergy season has been in full swing with pollen and cedar counts higher than normal in the Hill Country. For many, a day riddled with sneezing, itching eyes and sinus headaches can all but ruin your day and cause you to stay indoors. Here are some tips, aside from drowning in allergy medicine, to help make your camping trip bearable during allergy season.

 

Know the cause

If you’re typically outdoors, be in camping, hiking, or outdoor shopping, pay attention to what it is that’s triggering your allergies. Different trees, weeds and grasses can have different effects on your allergies so knowing where the root of your problems are can help you to find the right solution. If you’re unsure, a visit to an allergist can help you figure it out.

 

Pack Accordingly

If you already know that your allergies may give you problems, make sure to stock up on some over the counter allergy medicine in your first aid kit. If asthma is a typical problem, don’t forget your inhaler or any other prescription medicine you may need during your stay.

Organic honey is also known for helping with pollen allergies. Eating a spoonful of honey each day can help your body’s immune system to build up a tolerance so be sure to start a few days before your trip and bring some honey along with you.

A good tent can also make a huge difference. There are many hypoallergenic tents available on the market. Close up your tent entirely while you’re not using it so that less allergens can make their way inside and, depending on the severity of your allergies, you may consider keeping it closed while you sleep as well.

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Check the pollen counts in the area

If you’re planning your trip during a certain season, you may check out pollen.com or weather.com to check the pollen and cedar counts in certain areas. This will help you figure out the ideal time to plan your trip as well as the times of year its best not to camp outdoors.

 

Wash up

The fabric in your clothes can hold onto the pollen and things causing your allergies. While it’s easier to just toss your dirty clothes into a laundry basket and deal with it later, having that residual allergens on your clothes can still affect the air around you. If you’re able to, toss your dirty clothes immediately in the wash and then take a shower yourself, especially after a long day of hiking or being outside. Your body and hair can be a magnet to those allergens as well causing more irritation the longer you wait to wash off.