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How many times when camping have you been hungry for a snack, but not hungry enough for an entire meal? Or your kids are hungry (do they ever stop eating?).
Here are several super simple camping snacks.
These can all be made while at your campsite easily, so it’s one less thing to prepare beforehand.
Peanut butter and celery
Peanut butter and celery is great for filling you up quickly.
To prepare simply take a plastic baggie, put a few tablespoons of peanut butter in the middle, and then close. You can cut a small piece off one of the bottom corners so you can then easily squeeze the peanut butter out onto celery pieces with very little mess to have to clean up after.
Peanut butter and celery is also a healthy snack that gives you energy, and the celery helps with the empty feeling.
A great snack can be made by combining salted peanuts or mixed nuts, chopped dried fruit like apricots, cherries, or dates, pretzel sticks, and if you wish, some Corn Chex or Wheat Chex.
You can vary the recipe amounts of each to taste and simply mix it all together so that you end up with 4 to 8 cups of the mix.
This is a variation of the trail mix that can be bought in stores, and it is especially good for hot days as the salt helps replenish the salts lost through sweating.
Adding a bag of chocolate chip morsels can make a sweeter trail mix. This adds a food that will give you an energy boost. The best part is that it is filling, so it goes a long way.
Take care, though, because birds and squirrels also like it. If chocolate chips are added, the mix should also be kept cool so the chocolate doesn’t melt.
One of the easiest of all is to pack regular dried fruit, such as cherries, apples, apricots and the like.
When that hunger pang strikes, put a few of these in a bowl, cover with water and wait ten minutes or so. The fruit soaks up the moisture and the fruit is usually naturally sweet, yet the dried fruit takes up little space and doesn’t weigh much.
This makes it ideal for people who are hiking.
Many people may even dry their own fruit, specifically to take out camping.
Fruit makes a great snack option.
Bonus – there is no trash for these to worry about while camping.
Some fruit that is easy to snack on while camping include:
- peaches or nectarines
Crackers with cheese and salami
My kids all love eating crackers with cheese and salami. There isn’t much mess made with these.
It’s easy to cut up the cheese and salami in pieces before you camp or make sure you have a knife and cut this up when everyone starts to get a little hungry. You can’t go wrong either way.
Muffins are another easy snack. If you bake the muffins without a paper wrapper (or take it off berore going camping) you won’t need to worry about any trash with these snacks.
Seaweed snacks are another great snack for camping.
My kids eat these like candy. In my opinion, they do smell a bit and can be a bit messy with crumbs. Luckily, when you are camping you won’t notice the seaweed smell outside and the crumbs aren’t any big deal.
Yogurt and Granola Mason Jars
Yogurt and granola go together really well. Unfortunately, storing them together causes the granola to get soggy and then it isn’t very tasty.
Luckily, it is super easy to prep some yogurt and granola ahead of time with mason jars.
Just use a small jelly jar to store the granola and a pint size jar to hold the yogurt. You can then top your yogurt with the granola when you are ready to eat.
Veggies and Dip
Veggies and dip and always a great snack that doesn’t take much to prep.
You can dip veggies in ranch, guacamole or hummus.
Some yummy veggie options include:
- snap peas
- bell peppers
Other Quick Snack Ideas for Camping:
- granola bars
- cheese sticks
- applesauce pouches or cups
- fruit leather
- chips and salsa or guacamole
- lunch meat and cheese roll-ups
These snacks will help get you through until the next meal, they are easy to make, they are good for you, and they are perfect for making the camp trip just that much more enjoyable. Nearly everyone will like them, too.
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