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Plant-Strong Camping!

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For you E2-ers who love camping we’ve got some tips for you on what to take with you to keep your camping trip plant-strong!

(some of these depend on what kind of camping you are planning on doing)

1. Rice and Beans by Eden Organics: These are fantastic for camping trips, we’ve even had them cold and they taste just fine. There are different flavors like Caribbean Garbanzo Beans and Rice Brown Rice and Green LentilsCurried Rice and Beans , there are a few more varieties, check your local stores. You can also take some whole grain tortillas along with you and make burritos.

2. Dr. McDougall products: Again, these are pre-packaged. A lot of Dr. McDougalls products are very light to carry and just require adding hot water. We really like the Apple Oatmeal Maple Oatmeal and the Peach, Raspberry Oatmeal for breakfast. He also has some soups that you just need to add hot water to, like Black Bean Lime. To cut down on sodium in the soups, use half the flavoring packet.

3. Camp Fire Foil Packs: You can use a non stick aluminum foil if you like or parchment lined foil. You can also just use a heavy duty aluminum foil which should work just fine. You will want to double or tripple wrap it so it is stronger if you use a lightweight foil. Take a few sheets, wrap the food so the duller side of the foil is on the outside. You want to make a secure pocket for the food, folding the edges over a few times. Simply take some aluminum foil and fill it with whatever you like (we find smaller, one portion size ones work the best) add sliced or chopped potatoes, sliced or chopped sweet potatoes, beans, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, whatever you like. You can even make plant-strong burgers this way! You can cook them over open flames, on parks grills, even in charcoal pits if you want to get adventurous.

Cooking times: (these might vary depending on a few factors, so this is a rough estimate)

Sliced Carrots 15 – 20 min
Whole Potatoes  45 – 60 min
Sliced Potatoes 10 – 15 min
Whole Apples (dessert!)  20 – 30 min
Corn  6 – 10 min
Sliced onion 10 – 15 min

4. Dry Food: You can make your own trail mix using your favorite plant-strong cereals, some walnuts and raisins. You can also buy air dried “Just Fruit” or “Just Veggies“. You can also take along small packets of nut butter for whole grain pretzels or whole grain bread. We also like “That’s It” fruit bars for hikes and camping trips. Of course, our Engine 2 crackers are great to take along as well! 

5. Food for the cooler: If you are able to keep things cool, make things like hummus and veggie wraps on whole grain tortillas, hummus and cut up vegetables, cut up fruit, pre-make a bunch of plant-strong burgers, have non-dairy milk for your morning big bowl. You can also make plant-strong sushi , you don’t have to cut up your sushi rolls, you can eat them like a burrito if you like as well!

6. Recipes: Check out our Pinterest page for our favorite summer recipes, many of them will work great for your camping trips!

7. What about smores? Well, we haven’t found a plant-strong marshmallow, but we’ve found something even better (in our opinion) you can roast bananas over the camp fire! Bananas can be split in half and placed on roasting sticks, you just have to keep a close eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. They are great like that, you can also throw some strawberries on your roasting sticks to go along with it. Looking for something more like smores? You can put a small amount of non dairy, dark chocolate on a no egg/dairy added whole grain graham cracker (they can be hard to find, but the are out there) and enjoy your roasted banana to replace the marshmallows. It’s a nice treat for your every so often camping trip.

Have you been on a plant-strong camping trip? What things do you like to take along? It is one of our most popular summertime questions, so we’d love your feedback, so that others can learn some great tips!

About the author

NatalaE2
Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

7 Responses to “Plant-Strong Camping!”

  1. lele23 says:

    Thanks for the tips! FYI: Dandies marshmallows contain no animal products and are now nonGMO. That said, roasting bananas instead is a great idea!

  2. Cindy says:

    Great tips! We make a huge pot of veggie chili and put it in freezer ziplock bags, freeze, then place in the cooler and heat up in camp, easy and yummy.

  3. SusanS. says:

    Sweet and Sara Marshmallows also…

  4. Lauren Ann Read Koslow says:

    Yes, there are vegan marshmallows, and those that I enjoy on a special occasion, but being primarily sugar, they are certainly not plant-strong/ a whole food!

    • pdw says:

      Exactly. I am allergic to corn, and I have yet to find a marshmallow, vegan or otherwise, that isn’t mainly cornstarch and corn syrup. And even if I buy the vegan ones for my hubby and son, they are about $10 for a tiny package here. I have recipes, but haven’t yet tried any. Bananas are a much better choice all around!

  5. Andrea says:

    Fantastic suggestions! Going to print this off and put it with my camping gear.

  6. Cena says:

    Roasted peaches is also a wonderful dessert. Or pineapple slices, oh my!

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