Camping Food?

John Crowley
By John Crowley Latest Reply 2008-06-09 11:51:00 -0500
Started 2008-05-30 12:09:20 -0500

We're going camping this weekend. It seems that when we're in the great outdoors we tend to have more issues with high blood sugars.

Does anyone have good suggestions for camping/outdoor meals that are low carb?

Just wondering

5 replies

GabbyPA 2008-06-09 11:51:00 -0500 Report

Hi John,

One of my favorite meals when we are camping is chicken and veggies. All we do is wrap up a boneless, skinless breast in foil with some sliced veggies of your choice. I throw in some rubbed sage and some rosemary. just a bit of margarine for flavor and throw it in the pit or on the grate. It only takes a half hour if your fire is good and you don't have to fuss with it. Anything boneless can be done this way. Old girl scout trick.

sandy1936 2008-05-30 13:55:45 -0500 Report

Well, I don't know much about camping but I know a lot about Diabetes. I would probably take lots of fruit and water. Sandwiches would be good. Bagels w/cream cheese. I would not barbecue…yogurt…slimfast w/2 carbs not the Optima.


morris.js 2008-05-31 01:29:09 -0500 Report

John, You did not say if you cook with a camp stove or over an open fire. Also, is your family very active while campimg, or do you sit on a bank fishing all day?
When my son and I go, we are very active with hiking and things, so we tend to make our own "trail mix". There are some dried fruits that my son seems to have problems with, so we stick to the nuts, and some dry cereals mixed together. These give us a good balance of fat, carbs, and fiber to keep us going on our hikes.
Most of our cooking is done over an open fire unless the weather is too ad, then we use a propane griddle/grill. Often we have "kabobs" with various vegetables and meats. Again because of our high activity level, we need a good balance of carbs and fats to keep us going.
Also we have a good variety of fresh fruits like apples, oranges, and bananas. Along with veggies like celery and carrots to munch on when we are taking breaks.
Crackers with some of your harder low fat cheeses, or peanut butter is also a snack option. None of these are too hard to keep at "safe" temps while out in the field.
Not sure if this answered your question or not…lol
Good luck and stay safe. John

John Crowley
John Crowley 2008-06-01 17:07:32 -0500 Report

Thanks for your suggestions. We do usually cook over a camp stove or use a dutch oven.

We tend to be pretty active when we're camping. One of the main issues that leads to high blood sugars is that we love the water. We're usually camping to be close to a lake for boating, skiing, swimming, etc. So my son spends too much time disconnected from his pump.

We try to monitor things pretty closely, but you know how it goes. Then, if we have a meal with a lot of carbs, that means we have to improvise something low-carb for my son or he has to wait until his sugars come down to eat. Neither are great options.

We do love kabobs and that could be fairly easy to figure out on a camping trip. Thanks for the reminder.

tmana 2008-05-30 12:34:47 -0500 Report

If you have kids with you, you may want to try a bunless version of Angels on Horseback (a hot dog, slit in the center, the opening filled/held open with both parts of a halved slice of American cheese, the whole wrapped up in a slice of bacon and secured with two toothpicks, and cooked on a green stick over an open fire).

For hiking, try trail mixes that stay away from fruits and granolas; e.g., mixed nuts with sunflower seeds and roasted soybeans. "Walking salads" (celery and carrot sticks) can be morphed into stuffed celery (fill the opening in the ridge with peanut butter or reduced-fat cream cheese). Jerky could be another useful trail snack.

If you're planning a campfire stew, leave out the high-carb and root vegetables, and add in lower-GI veggies instead (e.g., edamame instead of peas, summer squashes instead of potatoes). (Or just cook the chunked meat in gravy.)

If you're planning to catch/shoot your own, use the KISS approach to cooking and seasoning your kill.

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