- Camping and healthy lifestyle tips from the Omega Ranch team
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There’s no right or perfect way to follow the paleo diet, however a simple guide to be successful is to follow the “if it looks like it was made in a factory, don’t eat it” rule. Choose meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, herbs, oils and healthy fats and avoid processed foods, sugar (including artificial sweeteners), grains, legumes, most dairy products, trans fats, vegetable oils and margarine and you should be fine!
When planning your paleo meals for a camping trip, investing in a good quality cooler will be your best bet to keep your meats and vegetables fresh throughout your trip. Also consider what cooking equipment you’ll have access to and what you’ll be able to make with what you have. Thinking about some good meal options for following a paleo lifestyle while camping, here are some ideas:
You can never go wrong with a classic breakfast of eggs, bacon or sausage and luckily that’s paleo – add in some fruit or vegetables for added nutrients and it’s that simple. If you prefer a sweeter breakfast, paleo granola or paleo oatmeal with fruit and nuts will keep you fueled and full throughout the day and is simple enough to put together on any camping ground.
Fresh salads and raw vegetables are an excellent choice but since most campsites come with places to grill food, why not take advantage of that? Grills are great for cooking vegetables like zucchini, mushrooms and bell peppers and all of these vegetables travel well. If you marinate or season your meats ahead of time with oils, fresh herbs and spices you’ll have delicious meats to barbecue to accompany your vegetables. Not too comfortable with the idea of storing fresh meat on the go? Then go for canned options instead such chicken, salmon, tuna etc. that you could also grill them on the go.
With the paleo diet becoming more popular everyday there are endless snack options such as paleo protein bars, fresh cut veggies and dip, fruit, nut butters and of course, anything left over from breakfast, lunch or dinner during the day!
You can absolutely eat Paleo while camping and in fact, it’s pretty easy to! If you need even more inspiration or are desperate for something quick, you can absolutely try some read-to-go paleo meal options like these linked here.
You’ve started the quest for the perfect camping trip. You’ve searched for “campgrounds near me” on Google, packed up all your gear but the one thing you haven’t figured out is how to go camping but avoid the unhealthy common “camping foods” such as hot dogs, burgers and smores. Living out of a tent is not an excuse to indulge in unhealthy foods, if anything, you should be eating healthier when you camp. Following a paleo or caveman diet during camping is probably the best choice you can make because you’d literally be eating the way our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate many years ago and fueling your body with rich, nutrient-dense foods.