Camping Cuisine: Balancing Nutrition and Convenience in The Great Outdoors

You can balance good nutrition and convenience while camping.

Maybe camping doesn’t have to be all marshmallows and hotdogs. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good fire-roasted hotdog, but maybe we can balance them with more nutritious foods as well so we feel better at the end of the weekend.

Check out our new Lunch and Learn: Camping Cuisine – Balancing Nutrition and Convenience in The Great Outdoors, July 18th and Aug 15th from 12-1 pm. We’ll explore topics like healthy eating, food safety, and hydration, and try some camping-friendly recipes. This is a drop-in class, so no registration required.

Here are a couple recipes to try in the meantime:

Roasted Chickpeas

Make ahead of time as a crunchy snack to enjoy around the fire. Try making your own spices for new flavours like roasted garlic or salt and pepper.

Rosemary, Red Pepper, Sea Salt

1 ½ cup cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp chopped rosemary
Red pepper flakes to taste
Salt to taste

Preheat an oven to 400°F. Place chickpeas on a rimmed baking sheet, and toss with olive oil, rosemary, a couple pinches of red chili flakes, and salt. Roast, tossing occasionally, until crispy and golden on the outside and creamy within (about 20 - 25 minutes). Season to taste with additional salt and finish with a sprinkling of chopped rosemary.

Adapted from Roasted Chickpeas 3 Ways on
Camping doesn't have to be all marshmallows and hotdogs.

Tinfoil Apples

A tasty dessert you can make over the fire.

4 apples (sliced)
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Sprinkle sliced apples with brown sugar and cinnamon.
2. Wrap in tinfoil and place on hot coals or wire rack over fire.
3. Let cook for 20 minutes or until tender.
4. Be careful when opening tinfoil as steam can burn the skin.

Adapted from Healthy Camping Meal Plan, Recipes and Shopping List on

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