Whether you’re on a weekend trip to Davis Creek Provincial Park or a week-long backcountry trek through the Purcells, it can be tempting to reach for easy, high-calorie snacks that aren’t necessarily good for you. A little prep and forethought can save you from the temptation of low-quality convenience food. Here are some tips and ideas for great camping food:
- Download a copy of our Healthy Snack Book or pick up a copy at Customer Service.
- Prep your veggies and meats before you leave to ease the process at the campsite. It’s a lot easier to chop veggies in a full kitchen than on a picnic table.
- Choose seasonal organic produce that’s in season for optimal nutrition and freshness. Check our Fresh Specials for what’s on sale this week.
- If you’re doing lots of exercise (canoeing, camping, biking, hiking, etc.), don’t forget to follow good nutritional guidelines to support recovery.
- If camping just doesn’t feel like camping without a bag of chips and a s’more, choose quality ingredients free from artificial flavors, GMOs, etc. There are plenty of guilty (and not-so-guilty) pleasures to choose from at the Co-op that are made only from whole foods with nothing unpronouncable in the ingredient list.
- Plan your menu ahead of time. I like to make a grid so I can see what I’m eating every day. For backpacking, I pack each meal’s ingredients together so I don’t have to rummage around as much.
- The Kootenay Co-op’s sunscreen and bug spray selection are free from ingredients that may harm your body or the environment. Ask for help at our Wellness counter!
Have a great time in the great outdoors this summer!