Food: The Healthy Campfire

It’s that time of the year again – BBQs, barges, and bonfires. Camping season is here, can I get a heck yeah!?

Living in the moment and enjoying the flames, friends, and nature as it is, camping gives us that feeling of having nowhere else we need, or want to be. It’s a chance to check out of life’s everyday hustle and bustle, a time to put Facebook updates and to-do lists aside, and just allow ourselves to just be.

 

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Photo: Andrew Strain

Words: Julia Murray

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Of course, camping can also mean s’mores, endless cans of SpaghettiOs and wieners on a stick. Traditional campfire cuisine has its drawbacks though: we need to lower our meat consumption to help save our beautiful planet from the impacts of animal agriculture, and refined sugar is just too tasty to be anything but bad for us.

This doesn’t mean we should only pack celery and carrot sticks (although, dipped in hummus those are pretty perfect snacks). There are a mountain of options for healthy treats cooked up on the hot coals of a crackling fire. We deserve the pleasure of guilt-free munching while on these priceless wilderness vacations.

So this camping season, why not kick the processed sugars, preservatives and mystery meat to the curb and try creating some new go-to treats? You can still have your traditions and eat them too, but this time your body, the animals, and Mother Nature will thank you for it.

Here are three delicious and nutritious recipes to add to your campfire roster:

 

Banana Boat

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Photo: Julia Murray

Ingredients:

1 banana

Handful of raw dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs

Spoonful of tahini or fave organic nut butter

Directions: Make a slit halfway down the banana length-wise with the skin on. Stuff your chips and tahini vertically down the centre of your banana boat. Wrap tightly in tin foil and throw it on the fire. Devour this baked heaven with a spoon.

Health Benefits:

Bananas are high in potassium; Cacao is packed with antioxidants; Tahini is high in calcium and minerals, and added bonus, helps with liver detox.

 

Fire-Roasted Apple Crumble

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Photo: Julia Murray

Ingredients:

4 apples (your fave kind – McIntosh cooks the fastest)

1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp nutmeg

5 dates chopped into bits

1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions for home prep: Mix all ingredients except apples. Bring camping in Tupperware.

Directions for the campfire: Core the apples. Leave 1/4 inch of the bottom intact (like a bowl). Fill the apple bowl with the mixture. Wrap in tin foil and place on the fire until soft (about 10 minutes on coals).

Health Benefits: Baked apples are easily digested and high in fibre and vitamin C for immunity-boosting; Oats help lower bad cholesterol; Dates are packed with magnesium for anti-inflammatory awesomeness.

 

Jules Fuel Bannock

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Photo: Julia Murray

 

 

Turn that traditional native bannock into something super nutritious with Jules Fuel.

Ingredients:

1 cup oat flour

1/2 cup cooked Jules Fuel

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp sea salt

1 tsp coconut oil

2 tsp maple syrup

1/4cup water

Directions: Mix flours, baking powder, spices, and salt. Combine maple syrup, coconut oil (liquid), and Jules Fuel. Combine liquid and solid mixture with a bit of the water and form into a dough. (Be wary, too much water and the dough will fall off the stick).

Wrap on a roasting stick and rotate over fire.

Dip in maple syrup or jam

Health Benefits: Jules Fuel http://www.julesfuel.ca/ has antioxidants, iron, plant protein and essential fatty acids to counteract the Fireball whiskey and potato chips you may have indulged in earlier.

 


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