Matt Johnson

Stick to your Diet with these Easy, Healthy Camping Meals

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Dec 9, 2020Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Trying to watch the waistline and thinking about some easy and healthy camping meals for your next camping trip?

The good news, camping calories don’t count. Okay, I just made that up. But I get it, eating and camping somehow go hand-in-hand and it’s never rarely healthy.

We have some ideas for trying to keep it healthy (we get it, healthy is a relative term and everyone defines their healthiness differently) while keeping it simple as well. We’re not talking about a chicken salad from a fast food joint as you’re heading out on your camping trip. 

We’re talking about delicious and healthy recipes that can be prepared ahead then these easy camping meals can be heated on a camp stove.

However, if you’re not health-concerned we have some delicious camping treat options for you.

Without further ado, here’s our favorite camping recipes for those that want to eat healthy.

Grilled Beef and Vegetable Kabobs are a classic, easy recipe.

Beef and Vegetable Kabobs for Healthy Camping Meals
Photo from The Cook-a-Palooza Experience

This simple kabob classic takes a while but is definitely easy to make, healthy, and well worth your time. The best part is that it not only tastes delicious, it’s quick and easy.

Pour 3 tablespoons of red wine vinegar, 2 teaspoons of garlic powder, 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, 1/3 cup of olive oil, and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice into a Ziploc bag; cut 1.5 pounds of boneless beef top sirloin into 1-inch cubes, add them to the bag and toss in the refrigerator for 5 hours.

For a little extra zing, add in about 1 tablespoon of almond butter to the mix, but definitely not required.

Let it soak up the goodness.

Letting the beef cubes soak in your marinade for 5 hours ensures it’s soaked all the way through for a full flavor.

Meanwhile, cut up 2 red onions into wedges, cut a sweet red, green, and yellow pepper into 1-inch pieces, and 1 pineapple into chunks (you can usually buy a can to make it easier). Feel free to add or change any of these as you wish, these are simply my faves. You’ve probably seen cherry tomatoes used as well.

Now add the beef, fruit, and veggies to your skewers being sure to alternate them for a varying flavors. Place the skewers on the grill or camp stove for 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat while occasionally turning them.

Once the meat is at its desired doneness, you’re ready to enjoy this easy and healthy camping meal.

Vegetable Foil Bowls for a filling, make-ahead meal.

Easy and Healthy Grilled Vegetables Foil Bowls
Photo from Kristine’s Kitchen

These are a simple and delicious side item for any meal you plan for your camping trip.

Depending on what you put in the foil bowls or foil packets will make it very filling, so it could just be the main course if you wanted to do that.

Start out by getting the coals nice and hot on your camp stove or dutch oven then make a small aluminum foil bowl or foil packet for each serving.

Cut into bite-sized chunks potatoes, zucchini, asparagus, carrots, onions, corn on the cob (husk removed), and bell peppers. Lightly salt and pepper with about a tablespoon of butter for each serving and cook on the grate for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are softened up to your liking.

Be careful when opening the foil packet as a plume of hot steam will typically escape and could burn your hands.

It’s too simple to not enjoy! These foil packets are easily one of the most delicious recipes on our list.

Overnight Oats for a great camping breakfast.

Simplicity is key when you’re camping, but often with simplicity comes the calories and preservatives. That is not the case with these ridiculously delicious overnight oats.

Peanut Butter Overnight Oats
Delicious, easy, and healthy camping breakfast. Photo from Minimalist Baker

Simply throw 1/2 cup of milk (almond, soy, etc for your level of healthy), 3/4 tablespoon of Chia Seeds, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, and your choice of sweetener (i.e. syrup, sugar) into a jar – vigorously shake it up – and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight.

When you wake up you have a delicious and mighty healthy breakfast in a jar. Sprinkle the top with a dash of grown sugar and enjoy this one with your coffee.

You can even garnish it with some maple syrup on top. However, if you’re going for healthy, don’t over do the maple syrup.

Pro-tip: You can always add in peanut butter or crushed granola bars for some additional protein (aka peanut butter overnight oats) or cut up a banana and mix in right before eating for additional potassium.

California Grilled Chicken are a healthy and easy meal.

Easy and Healthy Grilled Chicken
Photo from Delish

California grilled chicken is simply a delicious spin on a classic camping food. It’s a super easy and healthy camping meal.

Mix in a Ziplock bag to take with you before you go – 3/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, and 2 tablespoons of Italian seasoning. Season with salt and pepper as desired.

When you’re ready to go at the glampsite, pour the savory mix over 4 boneless chicken breasts and marinate 20 minutes.

Get the grill going to medium-high and oil up the grates. Grill the chicken for around 7-9 minutes per side until it is cooked through. Top off the chicken breasts with avocado slices, mozzarella, and tomato then lower the cover to the grill for a couple of minutes until the mozzarella has fully melted.

Garnish how you see fit, after all, it is glamping we’re talking about. Perhaps throw on some Balsamic glaze? Throw in some fresh veggies as a side as well.

Depending on where you’re at, you can even substitute the chicken for fresh caught fish. After all, you’re camping.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin is a whole new level of delicious.

Pork isn’t for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoy it – especially a thick and juicy pork tenderloin. Not the healthiest on the list, but we’ll do what we can to get it there.

Easy and Healthy Grilled Pork Tenderloin for Camping
Photo from Stay at Home Chef

Make sure you do all of this prep work before you hit the road for your glamping trip. When you get to your glampsite you’ll be ready to start cooking your delicious tenderloin.

To start, add 1 finely grated lime zest, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 cup of lime juice, 1/4 cup of honey, and 1-2 teaspoons of salt into a jar. Shake it up thoroughly to mix it all together. Add half of the marinade to a 1-gallon bag, add 1 chipotle pepper, and add the 1lb pork tenderloin (excess fat and silver skin removed – this is what makes it healthy), squeeze the excess air out and seal it up. You’ll want to marinate this in a refrigerator or cooler for 12-24 hours while periodically rotating it.

Keep that other half of the marinade around for later.

When you’re ready to cook, fire up the campfire or grill to medium heat and place the pork in the center. Keep it there for 12-15 minutes while rotating it every couple of minutes or so. You want to make sure the tenderloin reaches 140°F.

Once the meat is ready, remove it, place it in aluminum foil, add in the rest of the marinade and wrap it tightly. Let it rest for about 10 minutes.

While we made this on a grill, we’ve also seen others that used a cast iron skillet on the campfire or grill. So the option is yours.

Add in a side dish or two such as roasted garlic cauliflower, rice pilaf, rice noodles, or some leafy greens. Top it off with a hint of dijon mustard (if that’s your thing), garnish with fresh cilantro, and you’re done.

You’re all set and ready to slice it, garnish it, and devour this comfort food!

Campfire Banana Boats are a real treat.

We really didn’t think we could do this post without including at least one tasty desert. So we’ve included one of our favorites – campfire banana boats!

They’re an easy camping recipe for those that need a little sweetness in their lives.

Start by peeling the bananas and splitting them down the middle like a hot dog bun.

This next step can be modified by you with your favorite toppings depending on if you want healthy camping food or to cheat a little. However you want to add some extra flavor, it’s up to you.

Sprinkle mini marshmallows down the middle. Once you have a line of marshmallows, throw in some chocolate chips and then wrap in aluminum foil. Now this might not seem like the healthy food you were going for, but it’s a desert, it’s not cake, and it’s an easy camping recipe. So there’s that.

Now throw them on an open fire to heat them up. We’ve seen some campers put 4 or 5 into a dutch oven and let them heat up that way. Not a bad approach if you have a dutch oven, trying to get a slow cooker effect, and want to avoid the campfire banana boats from getting too hot.

No matter how you cook these, they’ll taste amazing. They’re easy to prepare and easily one of our favorite camping food recipes.

Whoever said you can’t be (somewhat) healthy when you camping!? Hopefully, these easy and healthy camping meals changed your mind. Great recipes and good food is what we’re all about when we’re going camping.

When you’re enjoying the great outdoors, you don’t want to sacrifice great meals for your diet. That’s why we’ve put together these delicious meals that you can meal prep for your next trip. But why stop with these? You can come up with your own campfire recipe and do some camp cooking on your own!

I’m willing to bet you have your own recipes you keep in the cupboard of your RV that keep some of the calories at bay. Mind sharing? Simply send us your best camping recipes and we’ll get them added to our list of healthy recipes.


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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