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Camping is a great way to holistically support your health! Getting away from it all, taking a walk in nature and laughing with friends and family increases mental, physical and spiritual well-being. Camping is also a perfect time to promote the health of the planet. Make the choice to do more than simply avoid littering. Eat sustainably while camping to protect the environment and preserve the resources we have.

The Basics of Sustainable Eating

  • Choose organic when possible
  • Choose foods grown close to you
  • Buy foods with as little extra packaging as possible
    • Look for dry goods in the bulk section
  • Buy foods that have minimal processing and are closest to their natural form
    • Apple vs. apple juice

The recipes below can help you get started on the exciting path to sustainable camping.

Homemade Oatmeal Packets  

Purchase items from bulk bins and pack in sealable or reusable containers.

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoon dried cherries
2 tablespoon walnuts
Cinnamon to taste

Pour one packet into a half-pint mason jar. Fill the jar with boiling water and place the lid on. Wait 15 minutes for the oatmeal to cook and then enjoy!

Lentils and Rice

Premeasure your ingredients before you leave and pack in reusable bags.

½ cup quinoa
2½ cups water
½ cup lentils
¼ teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
⅛ teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste

On camp stove place quinoa and water in pot and bring to a low boil. Cover and boil for 5 minutes. Add the lentils and spices. Boil for 10 more minutes or until water is absorbed. Serve and enjoy! 

— By Margaret Capron, MS (’15), Bastyr dietetic intern, and Amy Frasieur, MS, RD, core faculty in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University.