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Fun & Weight-Loss-Friendly Camping Considerations for Canadians

Fun & Weight-Loss-Friendly Camping Considerations for Canadians

Camping in the great outdoors is a beloved pastime for many Canadians, offering a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of city life to immerse oneself in nature. Whether you’re exploring the Rockies, camping by a pristine lake in Ontario, or enjoying the serene beauty of the Maritimes, camping doesn’t mean you have to abandon your weight loss goals. With a bit of planning and creativity, you can enjoy delicious and healthy meals that are easy to prepare and perfect for your weight loss journey. In this Wellness Article, we share some things to consider about camping when on a weight loss journey, tips for cooking while camping, and some weight-loss-friendly food ideas.

General Camping Considerations

Canada's vast wilderness provides countless opportunities for camping, from national parks to remote backcountry sites. When planning your camping trip, it’s essential to consider the environment you'll be in, the duration of your trip, and the facilities available. In many Canadian backcountry areas, facilities can be minimal, so planning and preparation are key.

For instance, the national parks system provides well-maintained campsites with amenities, while provincial parks often feature more remote and rustic options. In the backcountry, it’s crucial to follow the Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty and ecosystem. Wherever you're camping, you'll need to plan your meals accordingly to ensure their appropriate for your location and support your wellness goals. 

Weight Loss Camping Considerations

Here are few things to consider if you're going camping while trying to lose weight:

  1. Stay Hydration: Bring plenty of water and stay hydrated while camping. Dehydration can sometimes be mistaken for hunger, leading to overeating. Herbal teas and infused water can be refreshing alternatives to plain water.

  2. Explore the Outdoors: Take advantage of the natural environment to stay active. Hiking, swimming, kayaking, and biking are excellent ways to burn calories and keep your metabolism active. Plan daily activities that involve movement and exploration.

  3. Eat Mindfully: Camping often means enjoying meals in a social setting, which can lead to overeating. Practice mindful eating and portion control by paying attention to your hunger and fullness cues. Take the time to savor each bite of balanced meals to enjoy the flavours of the food and the company you keep. 

Essential Tips for Cooking While Camping

Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for your excursion to help make your life easier on the trails, when it comes to meal prep:

  1. Plan Ahead: Create a meal plan for your trip, listing all the meals and snacks you’ll need. This helps you pack efficiently and ensures you have all necessary ingredients.

  2. Prep at Home: Prepare as much as you can before leaving home. Chop vegetables, marinate meats, and pre-make sauces to save time and effort at the campsite.

  3. Bring the Right Gear: Essential cooking gear includes a portable stove, pots and pans, a cooler with ice packs, reusable containers, and utensils. Don’t forget aluminum foil and zip-lock bags for easy storage and cleanup.

  4. Stay Safe: Follow food safety practices, especially when dealing with perishable items. Keep raw meats separate from other foods and ensure everything stays cool until ready to cook.

Weight Loss Friendly Camping Meal Ideas

Here are some delicious and nutritious camping food ideas that are easy to prepare and align with weight loss goals:

  1. Grilled Fish Tacos: Fresh fish can be available while camping, so it's a great option if you enjoy catching your dinner. It is also a healthy and lightweight protein option. We suggest marinating your fish fillets in lime juice, garlic, and spices before grilling. Serve them with whole wheat tortillas, shredded cabbage, avocado slices, and a squeeze of lime.

  2. Veggie & Hummus Wraps: This is a quick and satisfying snack or lunch that you can make ahead of time by chopping the veggies and making the hummus. For more of a meal, we suggest spreading the hummus on a whole wheat tortilla and top with an assortment of fresh veggies like bell peppers, cucumbers, and spinach. Then, roll it up and enjoy!

  3. Chicken & Veggie Skewers: This is one you can also prep before you leave. Whether you prep at home or make the skewers at camp, you'll want to marinating chunks of chicken breast and assorted vegetables (like bell peppers, onions, and zucchini) in olive oil and herbs. Then all you need to do is skewer and grill them for a tasty and balanced meal. They travel well as skewers or in marinade (chicken and veggies separately) in Ziploc bags

  4. Quinoa Salad: Another great meal prep option is a fresh quinoa salad! We suggest cooking the quinoa at home and bring it along. Mix it with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, and a light vinaigrette. This salad is refreshing and packed with protein and fiber.

  5. Overnight Oats: Prepare individual servings of overnight oats in mason jars. Combine oats, Greek yogurt, almond milk, chia seeds, and a drizzle of honey. Add fresh berries for a nutritious and filling breakfast.

  6. Trail Mix: A classic option would be to make a homemade trail mix with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips. It’s perfect for a quick energy boost during or after activities.

Now Go Camping With Confidence

Camping is one of the many enjoyable aspects of life that does not have to be sacrificed while on a weight loss journey. With thoughtful preparation and healthy recipes, you can enjoy delicious and satisfying meals in the great outdoors. Embrace the beauty of Canada’s wilderness and savor the experience of cooking and eating under the open sky, knowing you’re staying on track with your health goals. Happy camping!

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