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Tips For Plant-Strong Camping

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.

3. Camp Fire Foil Packs: You can use a non stick aluminum foil if you like. 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.

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.
  • Bonnie

    Thanks for all the great ideas. We may do a big camping trip next year and I’ll need all the help I can get on meal planning. Any way to get those no egg or dairy/whole grain graham crackers on line?

    • Kayleigh

      You’ll need to make these ahead of time and bring them with, but this is my favorite recipe for vegan Graham crackers. I’m definitely trying banana s’mores!

      veganyumyum.com/2009/04/graham-crackers-and-dandies/

      • Kayleigh

        I forgot to mention to substitute applesauce for the earth balance in the recipe.

  • Sharon

    I’m SO grateful for this post – great ideas! Our family went camping just a couple weeks ago for the first time since becoming plant strong. In the evening, my kids were kind of lamenting that marshmallows weren’t an option. They said, “Well, we have to roast SOMETHING!” So they put apples on a stick and roasted those. Then they got to practice using their pocket knives to cut the skin off. They LOVED them.

  • Mona

    I LOVE s’mores, and I can’t wait to try them with roasted banana substitute! Thanks!!

  • http://newlyeverything.com Stephanie

    What chocolate do you recommend???

  • Shari

    Pulling the RV to the campground as I type. Spent yesterday doing lots of kitchen prep to bring plant strong, unprocessed foods with us! Premade and froze: brown rice, pizza dough, pizza sauce, veggie burgers, zucchini muffins, pancake mix, plus have the fridge and freezer loaded with fruits and veggies.

  • Jill

    You guys are amazing, is there anything you can’t do?
    Thanks for this!

  • CB

    Try Dandies vegan marshmallows by Chicago Vegan Foods. They aren’t whole foods like bananas by any means, but they are delicious.

    • Jill

      I don’t think those are E2/plant-strong at all.

  • Lisa

    I camp with a pop-up camper so I have a small fridge but I also bring along a cooler. I make green smoothies ahead and freeze individual portions – keep them in your cooler or fridge at the campground. I also make overnight oats in non-perishable form in individual serving sizes. I just add water and stick in the fridge before bed.

    Non-Perishable Overnight Oats (adapted from http://ohsheglows.com/)
    1/3 cup steel cut oats
    1 tbsp chia seeds
    2 tbsp chopped walnuts
    2 tbsp organic raisins
    2 tbsp chopped dates
    2 tbsp coconut flakes
    cinnamon
    1 tbsp rice milk powder

  • Tiana Duart

    The banana roasting is even better if you split the banana bs then put some dark chocolate in the split then wrap in foil and put into the coals. Scrummy!!!!

  • http://www.directionofourdreams.blogspot.com Sherry

    I looked up plant strong burgers and then the lentil burger and am having a hard time believing that according to the recipe I need to cook a pound of rice and have 2.5 pounds of pepper to make 4 burgers. That sounds like it would make at least a dozen burgers. Am I wrong here?

  • Theresa Hyndman

    Just got back from camping this weekend. Took whole wheat tortillas, black beans and corn, salsa fresca and some fresh arugula (I had some left and it was gonna go bad). Also took HH chocolate spice muffins and no sugar added applesauce for breakfast. It was perfect!

  • http://www.salestraininghampshire.co.uk Adam Stevens

    Good article, I’m off camping as well as staying on a boat so this appeared at the right time. Thank you, there’s lot of stuff here I can use once I’ve used up the contents of my six pack cooler bag!

  • ewlake

    This is an option some of you could consider for the s’mores: https://www.suzannes-specialties.com/shop.asp?LineID=20
    It’s the consistency of marshmallow fluff, and made with brown rice syrup.

  • http://www.EatUnprocessed.com Chef AJ
  • http://www.EatUnprocessed.com Chef AJ

    These are oatmeal cups with no added sugar, just blueberries. You can buy them in stores in California and on-line, above. I always travel with them and they are great!

  • JiveAssNiggerPunk

    Ne sure to leave the Ni66ers home.

  • Trisha Mandes

    Thanks for the article. I shared it with a client. I also love corn on the cob camping… rub limes wedges once warm and season with cajun spices. Dee-lish!

  • Steph

    The vegan marshmallows from Sweet and Sara are amazing and make the best s’mores.

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