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Going Camping or Hiking? Try These Healthy Meals & Snacks!

The top of Cloud's Rest in Yosemite National Mark

The top of Cloud's Rest in Yosemite National Mark

Do you have any camping trips planned this summer? I was lucky to head to Yosemite National Park last weekend to camp and hike some of the gorgeous trails in the area! Whether you're traveling hundreds of miles or just around the corner, having food that is non-perishable, convenient and nutritious can be challenging. Here are three meals and a few snacks ideas to fuel you on your camping excursion…

First, you will need the right tools:
-Campstove*: the MSR Pocket Rocket is one of many out there – quick and portable
-Cookset*: A good set makes a world of difference. I LOVE the GSI Outdoors Pinnacle Soloist (sold at REI).
-Utensils*: While there are actual mini camping utensils available, plastic or regular-sized work just as well unless space is an issue. Some cooksets come with utensils.
-Plates/bowls*: There are some great sets out there, but paper/plastic can again be used depending on space limitations. Some cooksets come with a bowl/mug.
-Can opener

*Generally higher-priced cooking products are much easier to clean, cook more quickly and are lightweight, which makes them ideal for multi-day trips.

With a good campstove and cookset, you would be surprised by the quality meals you can make. But here are 3 to get you started…..

Instant oatmeal or quick oats (add instant, dried powdered milk first, then hot water)
Nut butter
Dried fruit
100% fruit juice box
Coffee (if desired: check out camping coffee press mugs!)

Canned chili – 98% fat-free turkey with beans
Canned veggies to add to chili – low sodium if possible
Whole-wheat crackers or tortilla chips
Fresh fruit: oranges or apples travel well
Box of almond or soy milk – buy the smaller boxes in the non-refrigerated section; immediately throw out what you don't use

Couscous or Instant Brown Rice
Pouch of chicken or salmon
Spices: Oregano, pepper, rosemary
Serve above in whole-wheat tortilla
Canned veggies – low sodium if possible
Fresh fruit or canned fruit cocktail – in its own juice

Kashi Trail Mix Bars
Clif bars
Trail mix: nuts, dried fruit (any kind), pretzels/cheerios
Fresh fruit: oranges, apples

Be Extraordinary!


Katie Davis MS, RD, CSSD, LDN is an avid triathlete and runner. One of only 21 registered dietitians in the state of Illinois to be board-certified in sports dietetics, she has previously worked with Division I, Division III, NBA, and NFL athletes. Katie can be reached at 989.906.2459 or via email at

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