5 ways to get more fruits & veggies while camping


5Breakfast Bowls – Fresh Fruit

On the sweet side of breakfast, it’s easy to add fresh fruit like blueberries or pit fruits. They seem to hold up well in a cooler and can be added to granola, cereals or pancakes. I also keep small jars of superfoods, like goji berries and protein powder, on hand to add a bit more punch.

4Breakfast Hash – Collard Greens

The options are literally endless here. But the basic idea is potatoes, eggs and ___. I suggest collard greens since they are cooler proof. Simply slice or tear them apart, blanch in a bit of boiling water for a few minutes. Drain (throw the water into your dish bin). Add the collards to your home fries or potatoes. Stir, cook for a bit longer & enjoy!

3Butter Lettuce – A Modern Miracle

It’s alive and will stay that way in your cooler for days. This is a true camping revelation! The container helps keep it from getting crushed and the roots keep it alive. Add this to a tasty tuna fish sandwich; make a salad; or if your like me just nibble leaves when you feel you need to freshen up on the inside.

2Canned Spinach – Popeye was right!

Easy to transport, easy to add to almost anything savory. I’m thinking potatoes and eggs; but I’m also thinking pasta or beans. How about with some with cut up fresh grilled sausages? Lovely with fish. Is there any reason not to bring a can of this along on your next trip? Just drain it well and be strong to the finish.

1Yum Bowls – A family favorite

In Oregon we have a homegrown franchise called Cafe Yumm. Years ago, when they were pretty new, someone passed a handwritten recipe of something like their signature sauce. We have been making it for our family gatherings ever since. It’s a crowd pleaser. The sauce is super nutritious and tasty. It goes well with so many things, but the usual dish is a rice bowl with protein, vegetables, cheese and salsa. Everyone makes their own thing. Prepare the sauce at home. It makes a great first night camp dinner if you buy a rotisserie chicken and shred it at home, then just lay out all the ingredients and everyone dig in. Just beans are tasty too. Suggestions for veggies:  red bell peppers, cilantro, avocado, cherry tomatoes, arugula.