4 Classic Camping Treats with a Healthy Twist

Chow down on these campfire favorites without the added guilt.


It just isn’t summer without some good old-fashioned hamburgers and hot dogs with a side of macaroni salad followed by some ooey-gooey s’mores. Unfortunately, these summertime classics aren’t the healthiest options. But that doesn’t mean you have to give up your childhood favorites in the name of healthy living. Here is some traditional campfire fare with a healthy twist:


1. Macaroni Salad

From the fat in mayonnaise dressing to carbs in white pasta, macaroni salad is not considered a healthy go-to side dish. But with some whole-grain pasta, a lot of vegetables, and an incredible homemade dressing, whipping up a healthy macaroni salad is a lot easier than you might think.


2. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs

Hamburgers and hot dogs are true American summertime staples. With a variety of choices for meats, buns, and toppings, a healthy hamburger or hotdog is just about as easy as the classic. Check out these decadent ideas for a healthier barbeque treat.


3. Sloppy Joes

The messy yet savory Sloppy Joe is another campfire classic. The delicious combination of hamburger meat and spices barely being held together by a jumbo sesame seed bun is something we have all joyfully consumed despite the mystery ingredients listed on the can. The good news? A healthy Sloppy Joe is just as simple as it is delicious!


4. S’mores

S’mores are the ultimate camping treat. Roasted marshmallows sandwiched with melting chocolate between two graham crackers…who can resist? On your next camping trip, consider these Paleo s’mores or vegan graham crackers as a way to indulge in this campfire confection with a little less guilt.


Sources: What2Cook.net, EatingWell.com, ASeamlessLife.com, HomesteaderKitchen.com, ChocolateCoveredKatie.com


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