When I started THM (Trim Healthy Mama) two years ago, we were right at the start of camping season. Our family camps a lot in the summer and having a newborn doesn’t stop us from getting out. so we dove right into camping and I tried to figure out what foods I could bring to stay “on-plan” while in the great outdoors. I posted a weekend allergy-friendly menu that I use for feeding a crowd of non-THMs and also how I stay on-plan with that menu (check out that post here). However, I wanted to post a family size menu that works for feeding your family in the wilderness for a week or so. Our recent family trip to Yosemite National Park provided the perfect opportunity to test out everything and also gave me the incentive to stay on plan the entire trip.
I am more of a THM Purist than a Drive-thru Sue, but I do own a microwave and I use it every day. I don’t like to use “Franken-foods” so there were many items that I made ahead of time to bring with me, but a Drive-thru Sue could easily purchase something pre-made at the store – whatever floats your THM boat! So, without further ado, here’s the menu I use for weeklong camping trips starting with what I prep ahead of time…
Before you go:
- I made a large batch of Wonder Wraps (p. 205) of the THM Cookbook – these are wonderful for a lunch on the trail and they don’t get soggy like many “bread” options. This video is fun to watch and shows you how to make them.
- Mrs. Criddle’s Cowboy Cookies are SOOOO yummy, but they do crumble if they are in a bag. I took them in a large plastic container and they didn’t get crumbled that way. But, even if they do crumble, they are still super delicious and full of healthy energy!
- I make the base to my Famous Taco Chili Recipe and freeze it so that I only have to add canned beans to complete the meal.
- I add marinade to my chicken breasts and seal them back up to freeze again
- I make some of my favorite snack recipes from the THM Cookbook – Praline Protein Bars travel well (p. 391) and Berry Crunch Bars (p.392) are a great granola bar replacement. Trimtastic Chocolate Zucchini Cake (p. 296) also travels really well un-frosted as cupcake/muffins.
- I bring cut-up veggies for healthy and quick snack options. It is so easy to skimp on fresh veggies while camping, but this helps with that.
I like to fire up the griddle while camping with our family and these breakfasts are all quick and easy with minimal prep and cleanup. (Because who really wants to do that while camping?)
- THM Baking Blend Pancakes and breakfast meat of choice (S) – this one is super easy. I generally feed my family whole-wheat pancakes because they don’t have any weight issues, but I make a quick singles serving of low-carb pancakes for myself.
- 1/4 cup THM baking blend (you can get it at the THM store with my link)
- 1 whole egg
- a little almond milk or water to thin it to the right consistency
Surprisingly, this actually makes a pretty good pancake without any baking powder. The egg gives it the lift that it needs and makes four filling pancakes without any fuss. Simply cook this with coconut oil or leftover bacon or sausage grease and drizzle with some sugar-free syrup (I bring my own using the THM recipe from the book).
- Sprouted Grain French Toast with Greek yogurt (E) – this is another simple and quick meal on the griddle. I use egg whites, a little almond milk, and some sprouted grain bread. I have a side of Greek yogurt (the individual Oikos 000 work great) for added protein and it’s all good. For the kids, I use the leftover egg-yolks to make their French Toast and nothing goes to waste.
- Fried eggs and breakfast meat of choice (S) – quick and easy again
- Scrambled eggs with veggies (S) – use some that you prepped ahead of time or bring a bag of frozen veggies. You can always add some cheese or spices to own-it.
- Oatmeal packets (E) – Make sure to read the ingredients carefully when selecting oatmeal packets. There are often added ingredients, even in the “plain” varieties. I like to add a scoop of THM Integral Collagen powder for some good protein. You could also enjoy it with a Greek yogurt.
These are only 5 breakfast options, but I like to mix and match them for some variety each day.
I am not a brilliant lunch maker. I was never the kid with the amazing lunch at school and my kids aren’t either. I like to keep it simple – at home my lunches are generally leftovers or a big pot of soup I eat off of all week. So, unfortunately, my lunch ideas are not too grand, but they are easy and they pack well if you are heading out for the day.
- Wonder Wraps filled with goodies (S, E, or FP depending on your filling choices) – I was pleasantly surprised how well these little wraps held up, even while being stuffed in a backpack for the day! I filled mine with lunch meat, cheese, avocado, tomato, and lettuce and two were very filling. I’ve made a similar wrap with a low-carb tortilla on past camping trips, but they always get soggy when you pack them for a hike, but the Wonder Wraps do not! That makes for a happy camper!
- Sprouted grain sandwich (E or CO depending on fillings) – this is my go-to easy packing option. I can throw together a traditional turkey sandwich (made with lite-Mayo and without the cheese) for a filling E lunch. Add a piece of fruit and I am set. Or, if you are wanting even more energy, add some healthy fats (like avocado and cheese) for a CO (crossover) sandwich. Yummy!
- Hummus with veggies and Wasa Crackers (FP, S, or CO) – Our family LOVES hummus and we often bring it hiking. Make sure to read the serving amount or it is easy to crossover, but this is a fun and healthy option.
- Don’t Forget the Leftovers – leftover dinner can make an easy lunch. Grilled chicken can easily be made into chicken salad the next day. My chili is also really good as leftovers.
- Fruit – apples, oranges, and bananas all travel well
- Nuts – we love pistachios, but whatever you like best will be a great energy boost for a hike
- Oikos Triple Zero single serve yogurt
- Wasa Crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese
- Lite Cheese Sticks with fruit for E or regular cheese sticks for S
- Mrs. Criddle’s Cowboy Cookies
- Lily’s chocolate
- Many other make ahead options or bring some on-plan snacks from the store
My not-so well kept camping secret is pre-made salads. I always pick these up at the store for an easy addition of fresh veggies to our camping meals. Add one to each of your dinners, but read the ingredients and nutritional facts carefully. Sometimes these “healthy” foods are not so healthy.
Marinated chicken breasts (E, S, or FP depending on what you eat it with)
- Balsamic chicken breasts with Sweet Potato Packets (E)
At home, I added Balsamic vinegar, a little olive oil, salt, pepper, dried basil, and granulated garlic to a bag of frozen chicken breasts. I swished it around so that it covered the breasts, resealed the bag, and stuck it back in the freezer. When it was mostly thawed in the ice chest, about day 2, I tossed it on the campfire grilled along with some Sweet potato packets. It was really good! I added a pre-made salad with a light vinaigrette dressing and we had a filling E dinner.
Sweet potato packets – simply cut up some sweet potatoes, add a little coconut oil or butter, and some seasonings (I used store bought Onion Soup mix). Wrap in heavy-duty foil and put on the grill with the chicken. Check carefully for done-ness (they are steamy, so be careful not to get burned). Once they are finished, open up the packets and eat right off the foil or scrape onto your plate.
- Teriyaki Chicken Breast Shish Kebabs (FP or E)
At home, add some soy sauce (or liquid aminos), a doonk or two of Stevia, and a little garlic to the frozen chicken breasts. Swish around the bag and reseal and put it back in the freezer. At camp, after a few days, take the thawed chicken out of the bad and cut it into small pieces. Add some veggies of choice (we like red onion, mushrooms, and bell peppers – pineapple chunks are also good for an E option) and skewer them all and add to the grill. This is a Fuel-pull meal (unless you use the pineapple). However, add some instant brown rice for an E option or a large pre-made salad. Or simply enjoy it as it is!
This is a staple in our camping menu. It is loaded with hidden veggies and lots of great energy. I always make the base ahead of time so all I have to do at camp is add the canned beans and corn for a very quick dinner. On this last trip, we made it after a long day of hiking and it took about 10 minutes to make a hearty, healthy meal for everyone. Add cheese and sour cream for a crossover and some on-plan tortilla chips.
- Bratwurst with grilled veggies (S) or rice/sweet potato packets (CO) –
We love to cook up some store bought pre-cooked bratwurst over the fire. The kids get to grill their own, with supervision, of course, and they love it! Our family favorites are Johnsville Cheddar Sausage and Smoked Brats. I love to saute up some red-onions and bell peppers to eat with them – yummy! They are also good with a side of rice or sweet potato packets for a crossover.
- Tacos with Wonder Wraps (S) –
Those handy wonder wraps are useful once again with some easy tacos. The rest of the family enjoys their tacos with corn tortillas, but I like to use my low-carb option. I brown some hamburger or turkey meat, add some taco seasoning, and load up the toppings.
- Hamburgers and/or hotdogs (S) –
These are a familiar camping option and still easy to do “on-plan”. I like to wrap my cheese burger in a big piece of lettuce and add plenty of yummy toppings.
- Spaghetti (S) –
With a can of sugar-free spaghetti/pizza sauce and some browned meat, this can be a super quick dinner. Add some Dreamfield’s pasta, or Not- Naughty Noodles, or simply eat with some zucchini “noodles” (my personal favorite).
I rely on items I bring from home for desserts, like some Cowboy cookies or Trimtastic cupcakes. I love a hot cup of tea or sugar-free cocoa or apple cider while warming up by the campfire.
However, if you are feeling adventurous, I love the idea of trying some THM recipes in the Dutch oven. I have yet to try this, but since we are going to be camping for about 1/3 of our summer, I will have a chance to try this out! I will definitely share how it goes!
One of my favorite camping desserts is to pick some wild berries and top with whipped cream! It would be wonderful with a piece of THM cake, as well. Yummy!
I hope these ideas inspire you! They have worked well for our family – let me know how they work for you! And if you liked this post, please head on over to my Facebook or Instagram page and give me a “Like” or “Follow”. I love to connect with my readers!
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