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.

 

Wildseed Farms Volkswalk

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A little-known fact about Fredericksburg is that the city was the first in the U.S. to create a walking club. The “Volksportverein Friedrichsburg” or “People’s Sport Association of Fredericksburg” was created in 1976 after a local man, Kenn Knopp visited family in Germany. Having been very overweight at the time, Knopp’s family introduced him to the sport of walking which he brought back to Fredericksburg as a way to promote a healthy lifestyle to his neighbors while still holding on to the town’s German roots.

Since its creation, the club holds annual walking events all around the Fredericksburg area, one of which takes place this February the 11th. The Wildseed Farms Volkswalk is a free 5k or 10k walk event that winds through the wildflowers and grape plantings the area is best known for. The event starts at 9 am at the music pavilion where food venues and tasting areas will be set up, and lasts until noon. Come out and take a walk through a little piece of Fredericksburg’s German history.

Family Fun for All

Are you here for a wonderful family vacation? If so, there are so many child-friendly things you can do in Fredericksburg and the surrounding areas.

Here’s a few of our favorites:

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Just a couple of hours away in San Antonio is Six Flags Fiesta Texas. With so many rides and games to choose from, and with them being for all ages, its definitely worth the drive; especially if you’ve never been to a Six Flags before.

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While you’re in the area, why not stop at Sea World to explore the creatures of the sea. Catch a dolphin show or see Elmo and friends dance the night away. You can even see rescued animals put on a show, and if after all that, you’re really feeling the Texas heat, stop by the huge Sesame Street splash pad. Or, cool down on the Journey to Atlantis water ride. There’s something here for everyone.

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We’ve mentioned it on the blog before, but it’s just too magical not to mention again. Enchanted Rock is really the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy hiking, backpacking and picnics while taking in the beautiful scenery of the state park. For those who are more adventurous and enjoy rocking climbing, this area is perfect for it.

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Within ten acres, you will find 11 distinct habitats at Fredericksburg Nature Center. It’s free to visit and has over 6,000 feet of hiking trails with important habitats marked off. See majestic birds soaring through the sky and enjoy other various species along the way.

We know your family will enjoy these adventures as much as ours!

Reach for the Peach

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It’s spring time in Fredericksburg and we all know what that means…peaches! Famous all over Texas, Fredericksburg peaches are truly delicious, so juicy and perfectly sweet. Just driving along the road, you will find numerous fruit stands to choose from. Often times, these stands also sell homemade baked goods, some made with the delectable peaches and some not. These famous peaches are perfect for cobblers and jam, or freeze them and devour them later.

What many visitors to the area don’t know is that, instead of going to a fruit stand, you can even pick your own! Who wouldn’t want to take home a basket of peaches they hand-picked, fresh from the garden? Marburger Orchard has been producing delicious peaches for 37 years, along with strawberries and blackberries. Take a walk out in the orchard with a basket and pick to your hearts content! For your convenience, they keep an updated blog on their website to let you know picking conditions.

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