While it’s alright to have a packet of chips and a few biscuits here and there, if you’re going on a road trip or a camping holiday, you can’t rely on junk food to keep you going. Here is a list of food staples that are cheap, healthy and easy to prepare.
Tinned tuna and chicken
Get your daily dose of protein from a can! Tinned fish and meat has a long shelf life and taste great on crackers, in sandwiches and salads, and even in soups and stews. If you’re game, try SPAM – it’s really not that bad. We have experimented with a few recipes – Turkey Burgers, Bacon Carbonarra
Eggs are little portioned nuggets of nutrients that are cheap, delicious, versatile and easy to prepare. Scramble eggs for breakfast, fry them on a BBQ for sandwiches and burgers or hard boil for snacks.
A great energy and nutrient dense food that is rich in monounsaturated fat, which is good for your heart, and the B vitamins help your body release energy. It can be added to curries, spread on your flatbread with some cheese or banana, or spooned straight from the jar into the mouth for a quick and easy snack.
One of the most popular breakfast options for a reason – oats taste great, are easy to prepare and support a healthy heart. Simply cook them in a billy with water or milk, or prepare Overnight Oats.
Yes, oats contain gluten, which may not be great for people with celiac disease, but they can be replaced by other grains like rice, quinoa or buckwheat.
A great source of gluten-free energy, rice is easy to prepare, goes with most things and can be stored for up to 3 days. While white rice is quicker to cook, brown rice is the healthier option because it hasn’t been stripped of its vitamins and minerals.
Once the rice is cooked, you can mix it with anything you want: tuna and soy sauce, diced vegetables and chicken pieces, yoghurt and fruit, or olives, parsley and a lemon vinaigrette dressing. Or you can make some yummy rice pudding…
Packed with antioxidants and fibre, carrots are a great choice for any camper. They last for a while in the car fridge and can be added to soups and stews, grated in sandwiches and salads, or eaten on their own as a quick snack. Increase their crispness by putting a paper towel in the bag to absorb moisture.
Instead of lugging around a loaf of spongy bread that takes up heaps of space and is easily squished, get flatbread. It takes up minimal space and comes in a zip-lock pouch for freshness. For the carb-conscious, try nori sheets or cabbage leaves.
Apples & Oranges
Fruit is a great option for a mid morning or afternoon snack. Citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit come in a wrapper (peel) and contain vitamin C, while apples and pears will contribute to your fibre intake. Plus, fruit tastes awesome and can be added to desserts and salads to spice things up.
Herbs & Spices
Add flavour to your meals with herbs and spices. Dried herbs like thyme and rosemary are just as good as the fresh stuff and can be sprinkled on chicken or lamb chops. Cinnamon is great with oats while cumin and paprika will add character to any meat dish, like Meat Biscuits! If you’re not confident with mixing spices, then get pre-made blends like bush spices, Italian herbs or Moroccan seasoning.
So that’s our list of camping staples. We always try to mix things up when it comes to food – sometimes we’ll get bananas instead of apples, but we find they get bruised really easily in the back of the troopy. Other times, we’ll swap rice for beans or lentils, but Dave’s not a huge fan of legumes. What are your camping staples? Do you have any favourites to add to the list?