Monday, June 1, 2009

How to Camp SCD Style

Camping trips are a staple at my house, we go quite often. When we go we like to keep the food simple and easy. It has been a challenge to convert our usual gluten and sugar laden diet to one that is simple, satisfying and portable. With 2 in my family eating normally, 2 gluten free, and me on SCD here is what I have found works so far:

  • Hard boiled eggs (cooked at home before we go, stored in their shells in the ice chest)
  • Muffins (made at home)
  • Yogurt (mix with some honey at home and store in individual serving size containers)
  • Grape and apple juice

Lunch we usually take with us while we are hiking, so it has to be able to be kept in a pack without ice.

  • Beef Jerky, this recipe has become one of our very favorites!
  • Grapes (I prewash them and store them in a ziploc bag with a paper towel, keep them in the cooler until time to pack them)
  • Apples
  • Cashews

We do like to have a hot dinner, if possible. Sometimes with all the kids and gear we don't have room for our stove. In that case we take cold pizza and/or salads. Most of these dinners I have to leave out the potatoes or modify to make SCD friendly. Some ideas are:

  • Breakfast for dinner (scrambled eggs, gf pancakes, sausage, bacon, hash browns)
  • Escalante Chicken (stir fry chicken pieces with carrots, celery, garlic, salt and pepper, and potatoes in the dutch oven). I make mine in a separate pan with no potatoes.
  • Hamburgers (lettuce leaves for buns on the gf/scd versions)
  • Tin foil dinners with chicken, carrots, celery, potatoes, and jalepeno peppers)
  • Cold Roasted Chicken shish-ka-bobs re-heated on sticks over the fire (I actually haven't tried this one yet but I plan to on our next trip)

If you like to camp don't let the fact that you can't have a s'more keep you from going. You can stay on your diet, feel good and camp with your family. Focus on the fun, not the food!


  1. We take lots of fruit with us. It tastes good on a hot day.

  2. I think so too Tracee, especially in the desert! Thanks for the comment,