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A Vegan Campfire
 
 
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A Vegan Campfire

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Photo by Alfredo De Simone

By Jennifer McCann, Vegan Lunch Box Blog

Camping with the kids is an experience that's not to be missed! Don't let dietary choices or food intolerances keep you from experiencing the Great Outdoors. A vegan family camping trip is easy to plan and great fun for the brood.

First, gather some basic camping supplies
  • Any outdoor store can set you up with a good quality tent, camp stove and sleeping bag. Vegan hiking boots may be a little harder to find, try shopping online for the best selection.
  • Sunscreen and good insect repellent are a must. Luckily, there are several good vegan bug sprays on the market, made with natural oils like citronella and eucalyptus.
  • For cleanup, a small squirt bottle of natural, biodegradable castile soap can be used for both dishes and showers.
Next, plan your menu
  • Camping and hiking can really work up an appetite. Pack more than you think you'll need, and include calorie-rich goodies like nuts and nut butters.
  • Purchase vegan instant meal packets and make your own gourmet camp food using lightweight staples like couscous, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, and instant flakes. A good camping cookbook like Simple Foods for the Pack by Claudia Axcell and Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Packpackin' by Christine Conners can help.
  • Sturdy fresh fruits - apples, oranges, hard pears and under ripe bananas - and vegetables, such as baby carrots, travel well and stay fresh at room temperature.
  • Powdered soymilk or single-serving size aseptic containers of nondairy milk are great for topping granola or mixing into instant oatmeal or pancake mix for breakfast.
  • Good snacks for the trail include soy jerky, trail mix, toasted soy nuts, granola, food bars and dried fruit.

Finally, if you're dreaming of a traditional campfire roast and sing-a-long, canned vegan hotdogs don't require refrigeration and taste great roasted on a stick (we recommend Cedar Lake Deli-Franks). And what about marshmallows? Never fear! VeganSweets vegan marshmallows will keep your little campers happy.

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