Going away with friends or family can be challenging when you are trying to stick to a low-carb, high-protein diet, particularly while camping. Here are the five ways to make sticking to your diet while you’re away easier.
Take only what you need: When camping, you tend to be far from the shops, so ensure you pack eggs, vegetables, beans, lentils, lean meat, herbs and spices, and fruit. Avoid taking sweets, crisps and crackers; replace them with vegie sticks and salsa, reduced fat cheese and nuts and seeds.
Plan meals before arrival: A day’s menu might look like this:
Breakfast: eggs cooked on the frypan with lots of non-starchy vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, chickpeas +/- small slices of sourdough bread.
Lunch: lean chicken breast cooked on the hotplate, or tinned tuna/lentils tossed through a green salad
Dinner: fish and non-starchy vegetables, like beans, zucchini, ¼ cup sweet potato wrapped in foil and cooked in the fire with a squeeze of lemon juice and pepper to serve.
Snacks: nuts, seeds (trail mix), small amount of fruit, vegie sticks and dip, and reduced fat cheese.
Make healthy peach mellows by the fire: Cut a peach in half, remove pit and replace the space with frozen berries and a mini-marshmallow. Sprinkle with cinnamon, put the peach together again, wrap it in foil and heat over the fire for 3-4 minutes.
Reduce alcohol intake: Choose non-alcoholic, low-kilojoule drinks. Try soda water with a splash of fresh lemon or lime juice, or halve your portion of alcohol in each drink.
Stay active: You’ll have time between your R&R and activities to get some movement in with the whole family. Enjoy playing jump rope, cricket, or blast the radio and get your family and friends to dance off!
Book a free dietitian consultation to discuss these ideas further.
Kate Save is the CEO and co-founder of Be Fit Food in Mornington. For more info, go to befitfood.com.au or phone 1300 2 MEALS (63257)