The Best Camping Meals and Snacks to Keep You Full
What are the best camping meals and snacks to keep you full?
Filling camping meals include skewers, sandwiches, black bean burgers, beans, soups, bread, hemp hearts, and breakfast hash. The best snacks include hemp hearts, trail mix, hummingbars, s’mores, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit. Make sure to consume plenty of fiber to keep hunger away.
Imagine, being able to go on a hike without having to stop. You have long lasting satiation because you ate the right types of food.
No one wants to be hungry while enjoying nature.
Luckily for you, I’m going to show the best meals and snacks for camping. One thing’s for certain, follow this advice and your spouse won’t turn into a bear from hunger pains.
What are the Best Meals for Camping?
The best meals for camping are no-cook camping meals or foods that are great on the grill. Choose nonperishable options to have in case of an emergency. But remember to include fruits and vegetables that don’t need refrigeration.
It’s important to mention there are two types of camping. If you’re plugged in and glamping you may not worry about having dehydrated hummus for lunch, but it’s important to carry it along anyway. You may not agree with the way everyone camps, but one thing that’s for sure everyone will need instant coffee. When taking a trip out into the wild be prepared for anything.
If you’ve got the RV and you have refrigeration and coolers, it makes sense that you would bring along hot dogs, burgers, and cuts of meat that grill up fast. At least for the first night, go big. A nice hearty meaty meal can set you up for the days to come.
Don’t be afraid to allow meal time to look a little different than it would at home. While camping you want to eat with your hands, even if you’ve got plates and forks in the RV. What’s camping without hot dogs on a stick?
One-pot dishes and foil will be your best friend during your trip. Use foil as a container for cooking and eating your meals. You can even make pre-made packs that you can throw directly on the grill, in a skillet, or on a baking sheet over the fire to prepare.
Be sure to pack all that you need for cooking:
- Cast iron skillet
- Plates, Cups, Bowls, Utensils
- Can opener
- Instant Coffee Pot
It’s so easy to remember the canned beans, but not the bowl or can opener! You don’t want to eat canned beans from the can because someone forgot bowls.
Hearty skewers with peppers, onions, and steak are great because they cook fast and you don’t need to eat with a knife and fork.
You can make your skewers ahead of time and individually package them so they’re ready to be grilled. Be sure you have somewhere to store the meat and everything that doesn’t get eaten. You don’t want any bears stopping by for leftovers.
If you don’t have access to power you’ll have to get a little more creative. Choose meats that do not need to be refrigerated like tuna, salmon, chicken, and jerky. If it’s canned or dehydrated it’s the perfect food for a camping trip.
Sandwiches can be as simple as cold cuts pre-packed or elaborate as grilled steak and onions. No matter where you are and what ingredients you have there is a sandwich you can try.
Prepare your sandwiches by packing bread separately from deli meat, cheese, and seed or nut butter. Nut butter and seed butter can double as food for snack time, just add jelly if you need lunch.
It’s best to have options that don’t have to be cooked at all, but wrap your sandwich in foil in case you decide to heat it. For example, take a foil-wrapped ham and cheese croissant and heat it until the cheese melts before you unwrap it and eat.
Never underestimate the power of a grilled cheese sandwich. They are quick and can be elevated to a gourmet campfire meal by adding other ingredients like pepperoni, jalapeno peppers, and soup on the side.
If you want to fill out the meal, it’s easy to heat soup or beans to eat with your sandwich even if you forgot a bowl.
Black Bean Burgers
There’s no need to worry about keeping your meat refrigerated if you have a black bean burger. Beans hold up well in a can on their own. When you’re ready you can mix black beans with your veggies and oats to make your burger. Once you have the perfect black bean patty fry it up in your cast iron skillet over the campfire.
Pot of Beans or Soup
Beans, soup, stew, chili, and curry are filling and keep you warm at night. You can set your flame low and let your food simmer slowly while absorbing smoky flavor. Even if you’ve got a nice setup inside, a slow simmer while you enjoy nature is perfect for camping.
You don’t have to stop at stew or soup. You can make one pot of mac and cheese or get creative with sausage, potatoes, and green beans. Once you’re ready to eat you have hearty ingredients in an easy to shovel up bowl. Be sure to dip bread for an even more filling delight.
You can get really creative with bread while you’re camping. It’s an easy food to prepare because it’s already prepared. All you need to do is add ingredients and the possibilities are endless.
It’s sometimes hard to think of an easy meal for breakfast or dessert while camping, but bread can be cooked over an open flame as well. Make a smothered french toast skillet with eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and syrup in your cast iron pan. The good thing about this breakfast is it doubles as a dessert.
Your cast iron also works well for cornbread. It’s the best side you can have next to a one-pot meal. Pre-measure your ingredients, you won’t need a whole bag of cornmeal and you don’t need an oven. You can cover your pan with foil and make a thinner version than you’re used to at home.
If you have power, take a waffle iron and make cornbread waffles. You can carry waffles around and eat with your hands.
Hemp Heart Meals
Hemp hearts are shelf-stable, so you don’t have to worry about refrigeration when you’re out camping. If you’re getting creative enough to bake your cornbread on an open fire remember you can add hemp hearts to it.
Bring your bag of hemp hearts and sprinkle them on all your meals and snacks to keep you full and energized. Hemp hearts are great for snacks but are particularly handy at mealtime.
Hemp seeds add a nice bite to soups and stews when you sprinkle them on top. Most importantly add them to all your meals to pack on the healthy fat, and protein that will fill you up.
Potato Skillet/ Breakfast Hash
One skillet meals of any kind work well when camping. The best way to spend your morning is watching the sunrise with a breakfast hash full of hearty potatoes, vegetables, and hemp hearts.
If you’ve got your cast iron skillet that doesn’t need endless cleaning you can make a lot in it. You can fry fish in oil or even scramble eggs, don’t skip a hearty breakfast while you’re camping.
What are the Best Snacks for Camping?
The best snacks for camping are nonperishable high nutritional foods, like nuts and hemp hearts. It’s best to take snacks that you can carry easily and have lots of protein and vitamins for energy.
You’ll need food for fun with the family and food that will sustain you while you partake in activities like hiking and kayaking. Despite the type of camping trip, here is a list of snacks to consider:
- Trail mix
- Hemp hearts
- Dried fruit
These snacks are the easiest food to carry, to eat quickly, and can last for a while if you need them to. The idea to pack as much non-perishable food and things that will last a while away from the fridge.
Hemp hearts make a great ingredient for meals while camping, but it’s convenient that you can also eat them right out of the bag. It’s important to keep your energy up while camping, hemp hearts do this with protein, iron, and magnesium.
If you want versatility, take a variety of snacks and make a superfood trail mix with hemp hearts as the star.
You can buy dozens of mixes or you can make your own. Trial mix got its name from being a great food while hiking on a trail, it’s made for camping. If you’re feeling a little worn down on the trail this is what you stop and eat for a pick me up.
Making your own mix allows you to throw some of the best snacks together and eat them all in one.
Dried Fruit, nuts and seeds, cereal, candy pieces, and hemp hearts can be mixed to give you sweetness, saltiness, and nutrition. We’ll mention each of these ingredients on their own, but they’re better for camping when you have them all.
Humming Hemp Hummingbars
While making your own mix is great for personalization, being able you unwrap your food and eat, is the best. Hummingbars make nutrition easy, so if you need quick fuel while you’re out, hemp protein bars are the best choice.
With 11g of protein, you’ll get some muscle recovery from an active camping trip along with some fiber and polyunsaturated fat. There’s no preparation needed and five different flavors to choose from.
Nuts and Seeds
Be careful not to go foraging for nuts and berries if you’re not familiar with your surroundings. Instead, take your nuts and seeds with you. While we believe hemp seeds are the best choice, variety is the spice of life. Shelled sunflower seeds are another nutritious and fun choice to eat outdoors. Nuts and seeds won’t take up too much space in your camp, but provide filling fiber and energetic nutrients.
When you don’t have refrigeration or the space to carry fresh fruits, dried fruits provide a good option. Dried fruit may have added sugar, so look for no sugar added. Dried fruit also lasts a lot longer and makes a great snack that provides a lot of energy.
If we don’t mention this classic dish were we even talking about camping? To go camping without making s’mores is like wasting the campfire.
Know that there’s more than one way to make a good s’more. Go ahead and use different types of chocolate and a variety of graham crackers. We like to have our s’mores using hummingbars, a healthy and nutritious addition. That is if you can get to the ingredients before someone eats all the marshmallows.
Summary: The Best Camping Meals and Snacks
Frankly, if you’ve got power and fire you can make anything. Fireside cooking is an art and you can get delicious and creative meals, while you’re camping with friends and family.
Before you head out into the wild be sure to find out what kind of camping you’ll be doing. If you are going off the grid, you’ll have to get more creative with your meals. The best camping meals are grilled skewers, stews, and sandwiches. However, you’ll need some canned and dehydrated food you can eat without refrigerating or preparing.
If you need snacks choose some that are ready on the go and that you can mix and match for a nutritious trail mix.
Humminghemp has you covered for mealtime or snack time with protein that will help you stay full through all the activities of the day. Just make sure you don’t eat them all the first night at the campsite.