So you have everything ready: Your sleeping bag, tent, beanie, etc. But now all you need to figure out is food. Instead of packing only freeze-dried meals that you will want to spit out on Day 2, plan out your meals and make some healthy gluten-free options on your next trip.
I have been eating gluten-free for over 10 years, and know the struggle of finding safe food outside your home. It took me years to find staples that I trusted and enjoyed eating.
Whether it’s your first-time car camping, or you are going all out for a 10-day backpacking adventure, here are the best gluten-free camping meals by meal:
Even if you don’t eat breakfast as a meal, sometimes you wake up starving after a day in the boonies. I always pack coffee, a gluten-free oatmeal packet, and fruit. Pack your favorite fruit so you will actually eat it. I also recommend fruit that doesn’t have as much waste (grapes vs bananas because of the peel). If you eat eggs, I recommend freeze-dried eggs. They’re easy to make (hot water) and taste great in a tortilla.
Lunch will really depend on what activities you have planned for the day. If I’m out hiking, my meal will be something packable like an almond butter sandwich. These sandwiches saved me as a ski instructor because I could hide them in my pocket during the day and eat them on the chairlift. So easy!
If you are at camp for lunch and have a good cooler, I really like salads. The trick here is to chop everything beforehand (at home!) so you don’t have to wash them at camp. My favorite toppings include carrots, cucumbers, and seeds like pumpkin or sesame. Pack whatever you like to eat! If you have that sweet cooler, you can also pack jelly, hummus, or even dressings. It will be much easier if you stick with a dressing that is nonrefrigerated like oil and vinegar.
Dinner is usually when everyone gets around the campfire and smiles. This is also my favorite time to put together camping meals. My favorites include burrito bowls, grilled polenta, and veggies. You don’t have to go all out with your meals, but you also don’t have to stay with sandwiches (unless you want to of course). Remember, you can always chop ahead of time and put your meals in a container ahead of time. This will make your evenings and cleanup a breeze.
Remember to plan ahead and look for items that are easy to make, like single-serve gluten-free oatmeal, boil-in-a-bag rice, or even some freeze-dried foods. You can always bring canned food or chop your veggies ahead of time so you have fewer things to clean on-site. Have you tried eating gluten-free while camping? Let me know what your gluten-free camping hacks are or if these tips worked for you. Enjoy your time amongst the stars!