Healthy Campfire Recipes for Cool Summer Nights
Summer is finally here and just about everyone is preparing to gather around a campfire on those cool summer nights. But how can you stay healthy and still enjoy this time with family and friends?
With campfires come s’mores, marshmallows, and hot dogs. None of which are particularly conducive to achieving your health, nutrition or weight loss goals. And further, it’s extremely difficult to limit yourself to just one of these treats. The nature of campfires is that there is an endless supply of marshmallows and hot dogs, plenty for everyone to have seconds and thirds.
Fear not, because we’ve compiled an all-encompassing list of the tastiest and healthiest foods you can still roast on a campfire.
1. BANANA BOATS
We’ve listed these banana boats as #1 for a reason. They’re sweet, versatile, and, depending on what toppings you choose, they won’t overload your calorie intake for the day.
2. STEAK KABABS
If you have a campfire grate, place your kebabs on that. If not, you can easily balance your them over coals, between two logs. Or attach them to a longer stick to hold over the fire.
3. CAMPFIRE POPCORN
4. BACON A LA CAMPFIRE
Bacon tends to get a bad rap among health enthusiasts. But if you choose wisely, you can avoid most of the unhealthy fats and nitrates found in traditional pork bacon. And roasting it on a campfire is a grease-free cooking method.
Look for uncured, center-cut and reduced sodium, which can be found in most grocery stores (your best bet is to check Whole Foods or a similar specialty store). Otherwise, turkey bacon as a healthy alternative.
5. CINNAMON ROASTED ALMONDS
Toss your nuts (walnuts, peanuts, cashews, chickpeas) in your choice of spices (chili, turmeric, curry powder) and wrap them up in a foil packet.
6. BAKED APPLES
Wrap these apples in tinfoil and throw them right around the coals for a perfectly healthy snack.
7. SHRIMP BOIL FOIL PACKETS
Say that five times faster… If you’re in the mood for more than a snack, wrap up these delicious ingredients in a foil packet and place near the coals for 15 minutes.
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