Everybody loves outdoor activities, and there must be some healthy meals for outdoor activities. This is a big problem we face at the time of our outing, what we should take and what we should have to prepare to eat. In this article, I give some Tips on Preparing Healthy Meal When Doing Outdoor Activities.
There’s nothing better than spending some quality time enjoying the great outdoors with your loved ones. However, one thing you can count on from the great outdoors is a great appetite! What is it about swimming that makes us crave a sandwich and chips? Skiing has an entire post-ski activity, après-ski, dedicated to eating and drinking! However, planning and preparing healthy meals on the go is quite a challenge, especially when space and cooking appliances are limited. Please keep reading to learn our quick and easy tips on preparing delicious and nutritious meals when doing outdoor activities.
Elevate Your Camping Cuisine
Everybody associates camping with weiners and s’mores. But, you can elevate your camping dining experience quite easily and throw in some healthy foods to balance out all that chocolate (and beer!) Here’s what we recommend:
- Foil Packet Dinners — This recipe has a bonus advantage because you can prep it ahead of time. Dice your favorite veggies, like potatoes, broccoli, corn, squash, etc. Then cut up some protein — meats that go well include sausage, steak, and ground chicken or turkey. Season with your favorite herbs and spices, and pack the veggies into tinfoil. When you arrive at your campgrounds, and you’re ready for dinner, throw the foil packets onto the grill and relax while the food cooks for about 25-30 minutes, and voilà, you have an easy, delicious, and healthy meal!
- Grill some delicious Fresh Fish —There’s something about sitting in front of a flowing river and eating fresh fish. We understand that we all can’t be Bear Grylls, but don’t worry. Buying fresh fish is also an option. You can even get a wild salmon delivery to your front doorstep the day on or before you leave. Simply pack it in a freezer and take it with you to enjoy haute cuisine away from home. Browse delectable wild salmon recipes here.
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Simplify Your Post-Ski Dinner
If you’re looking to stay fit (and stretch your budget), skip the après-ski, and replace it with a nutritious, filling, and dare we say, heart-warming après-ski lasagna. Enjoy a steaming plate of homemade lasagna that will instantly heal all of those post-ski bumps and bruises. An added bonus is that you won’t have to worry about feeling sluggish the next day after too many truffle fries and bottles of champagne! Instead, you’ll be ready to tackle the next day of skiing fully fueled and recharged!
Bolster Your Backpacking Buffet
Being properly fueled is an essential part of backpacking and hiking. But, it can be pretty challenging to find room to lug anything but nuts along the trail with you. Did you know that hikers can burn up to 6,000 calories per day? That means that a diet of trail mix and beef jerky just won’t cut it, and high levels of calories, fats, carbs, protein, fibre, and electrolytes are essential. Here’s how you can get those crucial nutrients in at 1,000 feet above:
- You won’t want to stop to prepare a meal during your daytime hike, so the key lies in coming prepared. Fill a thermos with pre-prepared pasta, meat, and veggies for a complete and quick meal. We love chili Mac and cheese. Make Mac and cheese per the instructions on the box, add in a packet of chili seasoning, a can of beans, and ground beef, and you’ve got a gourmet meal to enjoy with the views of the hike. Chicken and rice, curries, pitas, and burritos are also great on-the-go options.
- If you’re running especially low on room, your best bet is packaged foods that you pour hot water into to create a meal. Things like oatmeal packets, grits, powdered eggs, and milk. Packets of tuna are a great light accompaniment that provides some extra protein to your cheese and trail mix hiker’s diet.
A Healthy Boat Adventure
Boating and the waterspouts that come with it, like tubing, waterskiing, and wakeboarding, are also known to work up an appetite. Stay on the boat to eat dinner and enjoy the beautiful sunset and serene surroundings with these simple snack hacks:
- Caprese Salad on a Stick — Enjoy the delicacy of a Caprese salad without the mess. Prep cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil on a kabob stick. Sprinkle with balsamic vinegar, and store in a cooler.
- Pasta Salad — Choose your favorite kind of whole-grain pasta, protein, and veggies, and throw together a pasta salad. Pasta can be one of the best and easy healthy meals for outdoor activities. Top with any fresh herbs you may have (we love basil) and cheese (our favorite pasta salad is feta). You won’t have to worry about reheating this, making it perfect after a long day of boating. *Chef’s kiss.*
- Crumb-free Wraps — Sandwiches are a classic go-to while boating. But, the crumbs from the bread can get pretty nasty on a wet boat seat. To enjoy the same deliciousness and nutritional value, turn your sandwich into a wrap. There are so many great wrap options these days, from spinach to sun-dried tomato. Pack the wrap with your favorite meats, cheeses, and lettuce, and enjoy a crumb-free sandwich experience. We also recommend wraps for the little ones — no more peanut butter and jelly spilled on the boat floor!
We hope this post has inspired you to bring out your inner foodie on your next outdoor adventure. We’d love to hear what you cooked up, so please drop us a comment or message!
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