So after a 4- day music festival, Bear Creek, I would like to share with you some recipes and tips for some healthy snacks.
First off may I say how this weekend of camping, music, and nature was amazing. The Suwannee Music Park is a beautiful camping ground that has music festivals and other similar events. Bear Creek featured music acts in the funkyfolkyjazzyelectronicgroove genres. Surrounded by fire spinners, trees, awesome people, good friends, supreme music, a black water beach, and new fun, this weekend was definitely one to remember. Even the freezing cold!!! The nighttime got down to a chilly low 30s and as a Floridian that is just absurd; my body cannot handle that intense cold. Alright, it may have not been that cold for people who actually experience seasons, but regardless…
Look at this, black water beach! Reminded me of tea that was steeped a little bit too long..
Monkey!! Waaah crazy when do you see this?
Moving on, camping food for purchasing..
I’d definitely recommend fruit. Bananas and apples, they have been great snacks on all camping trips, plus you can spread some all natural peanut butter on them for some added protein/fat. Any fruit should work for the most part as long as you have a cooler to prevent them from spoiling and bugs.
Canned chick peas are great too, as well as any other beans. I have found Eden’s organic no salt added beans to be my favorite.
Jerky is great for protein and storage, but most jerky is high in sodium and preservatives. I have found low sodium and even soy jerky that tastes great. It can be a tad on the pricey side though. You can find these at Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, and even certain vegan/organic stores and restaurants. Primal Jerky is vegan and has a bunch of unique and tasty flavors.
On to the food you can make..
1. Protein Cookies
Remember those flaxseed pancakes? Well they can be made into cookies and store great in a cooler for the weekend. These cookies are high in protein and fiber and give you energy. The perfect sustenance for camping! I was obsessed with these and was literally craving them all day. Bring some all natural peanut butter and dip these cookies in them for a delicious snack.
2. Trail mix
I am obsessed with all things that have different textures and flavors such as granolas, cereals, trail mixes, etc. I’ve never been able to find that perfect trail mix though. There’s always one or two things I’d rather not be eating or particular flavors I’d find work great together, but are in separate mixes. This is when I’ve decided to make my own. It’s super simple! I just used a bunch of random ingredients laying around my apartment.
Some suggestions for the perfect trail mix:
Cereals- don’t be afraid to use multiple cereals. The kinds that are clusters or aren’t too little/thin are superb.
Dry roasted beans- edamame, garbanzo beans (chick peas), fava beans
Dried fruit- plums, cherries, goji berries, cranberries, raisins, apples, pineapple, blueberries, apricots, figs etc.
Nuts- almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, walnuts, pecans, peanuts, pine nuts etc.
Seeds- sunflower seeds (shelled), pepitas, pumpkin seeds etc
Misc- coconut flakes, cacao nibs, banana chips, pretzel crisps, dark chocolate edamame, yogurt covered raisins
Mix your favorite combination of the above together for your personalized trail mix! Here is one of my favorite trail mixes:
-Kashi Heart to Heart warm cinnamon and honey toasted cereal
– Dry roasted fava beans
-Dry roasted edamame
-Dried plums (unsweetened)
-Roasted brazil nuts
I chose a high-protein mix such as the two Kashi cereals, edamame, and fava beans. The cereals and beans are a great source of fiber. Kashi is low in sugar. The nuts add healthy fats and a bit of protein.
This trail mix is great for snacks in home or out and about. This is perfect for camping and music festivals as it can be stored away in a little ziploc bag practically anywhere. In most cases, I always like to pack a bag of trail mix before I leave the house. You probably can always find some sort of food in my bag haha..I’d so rather be prepared than have to settle for high sodium/carb/fat/sugar foods that can be conveniently purchased.
Neat trail mix ideas-
-Pb&j- peanuts, raisins or dried strawberries, peanut butter cereal (Peanut Butter Puffins are good)
-Pb&bc-peanuts, dried bananas, cacao nibs, cinnamon and/or honey cereal
I’d love to hear how your trail mix turned out..