RV trips are meant to be spent enjoying a little R&R and relishing in what the great outdoors has to offer. This can involve physical activities such as hiking, cycling and canoeing or simply just taking in the view. Part of the whole thrill of RVing is the snacks, beverages, desserts and other tasty delights that are generally consumed while out on the road. If you are going on multiple trips or an extended time during the summer this delicious, yet unhealthy diet can begin to catch up to you, even if you are spending your days out and about. The extra sugars, salts, alcohols and other not-so-good substances are not ideal for your health and it can either begin to show in pounds or in an actual illness, which is not something you want to have to deal with when you are RVing. We aren’t saying you can’t indulge, that’s what a vacation is for, but it might just be in your best interest to take a healthier RV trip every once in a while.
The general myth out there is that healthier meals are more work to make and prepare, and that they are not as flavourful and delicious as regular meals. This is 100% untrue and we have provided you with a list of ideas to prove it!
- Fresh fruit: get this from a local Farmers Market or U-Pick
- Breakfast sandwich
- Scrambled eggs
- Veggie omelet
- Greek yogurt
- Homemade granola – prepare in advance
- Turkey Bacon
- Hard boiled eggs – prepare in advance
- Rolled oats in a mason jar
- Whole wheat and/or gluten-free bagels
Muffins can also make for a quick and easy breakfast when you are RVing, especially if you are on the go. Check out this recipe for Morning Glory Muffins they are a nutritional powerhouse and will give you the energy supply you need to begin your day.
- Sandwiches: canned tuna/ salmon, chicken salad, egg salad or veggie etc. Try making your sandwiches on whole wheat or gluten free bread – prepare in advance
- Ziplock salad – pre-portion in advance and bring the dressing in a separate container to be used upon consumption.
- Canned soup
- Toasted pita + humus
- Pita pocket wraps
Try this great recipe for Campfire Mushroom and Corn Quesadillas. It’s the perfect meal for when you are looking for something easy to prepare that is both healthy and delicious. Feel free to experiment with different veggies and ingredients.
- Rice cakes
- Veggies + dip
- Homemade granola/ protein bars
- Baked potato chips – preferably salt free
- Nuts and seeds
- Dried fruit
- Peanut butter + apples
- Snap peas
- Cheese and crackers – preferably low fat and salt free
A mid day’s snack is meant to replenish your energy levels to last you until your next meal. Try these Banana Peanut Butter Cookies. They are yummy yet incredibly nutritional and great for bringing with you on an adventure.
- Roasted chicken
- Meat fillets: ground meat, chicken pieces, steak – pre-portion in advance
- Turkey sausage
- Steamed veggies
- Stew or homemade soup – prep in advance
- Casserole – prep in advance
- Chicken/ veggie burgers
- Fish fillets
Dinner is generally when you gather people together for a big feast. Have fun with this recipe for Beef Kebobs. This colourful dish is a leaner option and contains essential nutrients that your body needs to re-build the energy you used adventuring during the day.
- Homemade cookies – prepare in advance
- Homemade loaf: pumpkin, banana, apple etc. – prepare in advance
- Dairy-free ice cream or sorbet
- Fruit salad
- Campfire roasted popcorn – sans salt, seasoning and butter
- Gluten-free pineapple upside-down cake – preferably sugar free
- Roasted pears
- Banana boats
- Toasted cinnamon apples
This is the meal that everyone looks forward to at the end of the day. Try this Campfire Peach Cobbler, its incredibly tasty and only requires 4 ingredients – it’s a camping favourite!
Tips to preparing healthy meals for an RV trip
- The key is to take the time before you leave and plan, prepare and portion accordingly – yes this includes writing out a menu for every meal. This will make meals effortless!
- Consider the days that you need meals + snacks on the go and plan accordingly.
- Check for fire bans for the area in which you’ll be traveling.
- Bring some meals that don’t involve a campfire, even if there is no ban. You never know when a ban will all of a sudden come into effect, especially with Canada’s unpredictable wildfires these days.
- Bring lots of snacks, there is nothing worse than running out of munchies half way through your trip. If you end up with extras, snacks such as trail-mix and granola bars can be brought home and repackaged for future trips.
- Check all of your recipes and ensure you bring all of the correct cooking supplies.
- When you are planning out your meals, ensure that you are getting enough protein, fresh fruits + veggies, carbohydrates and other nutrients to maintain a proper energy level and support an active lifestyle.