On-The-Go BLE Meal Ideas

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The best part about cutting sugar and flour out of our lives is that once the systems are in place and it becomes automatic, we have the psychic space and energy to go out and DO things!

At first, it might feel like the structure of a food recovery program is too inflexible or fragile for traveling or adventuring. I felt that way during the weight loss phase. But now, 150 days into maintenance, I’m living pretty darn happy, thin, and free and absolutely loving taking my right-sized body out on trips!

In fact, at this point I feel that my program IS what allows me to take such fun adventures. I’ve found that when I’ve put in the time to plan and prep my food, I am so much more present and able to relax fully into these trips. My food fades into the background and life becomes all about enjoying and immersing myself in the places that I find myself. For me, traveling, adventuring, and food management work together to put the happy and free into happy, thin, and free.

Still, no matter how solid my program is, breaking out of my meal routines can rock my boat a little bit, so planning, preparation, and strategic meal choices are key. I’ve gone on multiple road trip & camping adventures trips in the past few weeks, and I’ve got my food pretty streamlined for these types of situations.

Here’s what I’ve figured out.


Tips for Camping

When I say camping, I mean car camping with access to a cooler with ice. We have a little camping stove, but I tend to be too lazy to cook my food when I’m out in the wilderness. All of the suggestions in this post require a cooler, but do NOT require cooking or heating of food. 

For road trip suggestions, you might check out this post too. There’s a lot of overlap.

Backcountry backpacking is a different story. I love backpacking and was looking forward to figuring out backpacking, but my backpack, tent, and sleeping pad were stolen out of my car recently. 🙁 Someday I will replace those items and experiment with portable, light, clean foods. Not today.

My husband and I like to van camp, because we have an awesome travel van. We love our Toyota Sienna mini-van and have removed the seats to convert it into a mini-camper. (The back row of seats folds into the floor, which is perfect if we ever want to take other passengers) We’ve taken multiple cross country road trips in this fashion over the years, staying in campgrounds, national parks, and the occasional Walmart parking lot.

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Off we go! Totoro usually joins us on camping trips.
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Notice the meditation cushions 🙂 – My hubby and I keep each other accountable for meditating every morning, and our routine continues even when we travel.
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My sister in our travel van, ready for bed.

Food Prep

PRO TIP: I like to pre-weigh and portion my meal components before I leave into single serving containers or ziplock bags. These can easily be stored in a cooler or food bins. This makes it so that it takes zero effort to put a clean meal together after a long willpower-depleting day of adventuring. At mealtime, I just grab all my components and throw everything onto a big camping plate and eat happily with everyone else!

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Portable Food Choices

Protein:

  • Beans – canned, in pouches, or pre-cooked and weighed into single-serving containers or ziplocks
  • Edamame – shelled and weighed into single-serving containers or ziplocks
  • Quinoa – pre-cooked and weighed into single-serving containers or ziplocks
  • Lentils – pre-cooked and weighed into single-serving containers or ziplocks
  • Nuts – pre-weighed into snack-sized ziplocks
  • Soy nuts or dried chickpeas –  pre-weighed into snack-sized ziplocks
  • Hummus – weighed into single-serving containers
  • Nut butter – single servings weighed into mini-containers (I use go-stak containers)
  • Tahini dressing – single servings (1/2 protein each) weighed into mini-containers (I use go-stak containers)
  • Peanut dressing – single servings (1/2 protein each) weighed into mini-containers (I use go-stak containers)
  • Hummus dressing – (hummus thinned with water or lemon juice) single servings weighed into mini-containers (I use go-stak containers)
  • Chickpea “tuna” salad – (includes a fat serving) weighed into single-serving containers

Veggies:

  • Pre-make and weigh salads and put them into quart-sized ziplocks
  • Pre-slice raw veggies, weigh them, and put them into quart-sized ziplocks
  • Veggies that are hardy and last a few days in a cooler:
    • Baby carrots
    • Sliced bell peppers
    • Mini-cucumbers
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Chopped kale & cabbage salads (cruciferous veggies)

Fat:

Fruit:

  • Pretty much all fruits work great for camping!
  • I like to pre-weigh fruits like cherries or berries in glass tupperware so that they don’t get squished.
  • Melons work well pre-cubed or in melon ball form and stored pre-weighed in containers.
  • Apples are great for hikes.

Grains:

  • Rice cakes
  • Quinoa – pre-cooked and weighed into single-serving containers or ziplocks
  • Rice – pre-cooked and weighed into single-serving containers or ziplocks
  • Mary’s Crackers – pre-weighed in snack-sized ziplocks
  • Brown Rice Snaps – (I’ve only found the tamari seaweed flavor to not have any flour) pre-weighed in snack-sized ziplocks
  • Ezekiel products (bread or tortillas)

EASY BREAKFASTS

For Camping or Eating On The Road

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Quick Cereal Bowl – Put together (and pre-weighed) into containers ahead of time, just add milk/yogurt and fruit in the morning for an instant breakfast.
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Quick Cereal Bowl – Check out this post for brands of sugar and flour free breakfast cereal
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Overnight Breakfast Porridge – Rolled oats, unsweetened hemp milk, nuts & seeds, fruit, cinnamon
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Overnight Breakfast Porridge – Rolled oats, unsweetened soymilk, pecans, banana, cinnamon
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Rice Cakes w/ Peanut Butter & Fruit (Maintenance Grain Portions)
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Rice Cakes w/ Almond Butter, Hazelnuts, & Mango (Maintenance Portions)
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Rice Cakes w/ Almond Butter, Hazelnuts & Fruit (Maintenance Portions) over the Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Sugar & Flour Free Breakfast Cookies – easily made in advance, great for hiking!

EASY LUNCHES & DINNERS

For Camping or Eating On The Road

  • Packed salad w/ edamame, peanut dressing, rice crackers, apple.
  • Packed salad w/ edamame, tahini dressing, rice crackers, apple.
  • Packed salad & thinned hummus (with water), quinoa, walnuts, avocado
  • Packed salad & tomatoes, hummus, apples, Ezekiel bread, avocado
  • Raw sliced veggies w/ rice snaps, avocado, hummus, and melon balls
  • Raw sliced veggies w/ Mary’s Crackers, avocado, hummus, and an apple
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Packed salad w/ edamame, peanut dressing, rice crackers, apple.
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Packed salad w/ edamame, tahini dressing, rice crackers, apple (at Shoshone Falls, Idaho)
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Packed salad & thinned hummus (with water), quinoa, walnuts, avocado (at White Sands National Monument, New Mexico)
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Packed salad & tomatoes, hummus, apples, Ezekiel bread, avocado
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Raw sliced veggies w/ rice snaps, avocado, hummus, and melon balls
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Raw sliced veggies w/ Mary’s Crackers, avocado, hummus, and an apple

Because this a post about adventures, I can’t help posting some random photos highlighting some of the trips I’ve been taking lately, many of which are courtesy of my beautiful mama and her professional photography skills.

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Silly breakfast candid in our airbnb yurt
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Playing clay with my high school teacher in Moab, UT
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So fun! Dreaming of my own studio someday.
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Playing in a canyon with my dear hubby
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Beating the heat at the Grand Canyon
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My sister and I, surveying the Grand Canyon
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Just hanging out with some ladies I met in Santa Fe
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Settling into our temporary home in Santa Fe
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Meteor Crater, near Williams AZ
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Swimming hole at Lake Powell, trying to beat the triple digit temperatures!
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Sister love
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Family shot!
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Sister in an ancient cliff dwelling at Bandelier National Monument, NM
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Hubby and I at White Sands, NM

Ok, that’s enough of that.

What other travel or camping meals have you had success with? Share your ideas in the comments below!

13 Comments

  1. Terry Nunez

    Thank you Katie!!!! I truly enjoyed the camping and sight seeing I did through your post!!!!
    Love love loved it!

     
  2. Oh wow, I am so sorry about your backpacking gear being stolen. That stinks! Wonderful photos and meal suggestions – thanks for always sharing such great ideas. I hope you return to backpacking some day, and if you ever have BLE-friendly suggestions that are more suitable for a bear canister than a cooler, that will make for even more happy outdoor adventures!

     
  3. Lovely and helpful post… Thank you!

     
  4. THANK YOU for putting together such a wonderful site!! I’m on day 6 of BLE and looking at your recipes and tips & tricks has been immensely helpful and has helped to alleviate a lot of anxiety of the sustainability of this lifestyle! I’m very outdoorsy and adventurous too and was particularly stressing about how I could camp and hike and stick to my bright lines. You’ve renewed my hope that camping and hiking and adventuring will be so much better once I’ve lost my weight and my body is living in a sugar and flour free state.

     
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  6. keri french

    Katie, love your ideas for BLE on a road trip adventure. Can you offer me some tips on BLE on a weeklong backpack trip? I’ll be on maintenance by this trip in June. I posted this question to Boot Camp folks and a coaching call but all I got was to go freeze dried. This doesn’t really help with getting my veggies at lunch and dinner while we’re on the move each day. Your thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I’m wondering if I going to be hauling cabbages into the backcountry, eek! I’m baffled but unwilling to give up my love of backpacking or my commitment to bright shiny lines. Thanks for your ideas, Keri

     
    • Hi Keri, I’ve thought about this one. I used to be a backcountry backpacker but I haven’t gone since doing BLE (due to all my backpacking gear being stolen… but that’s a different story). If it were me, I’d just bring what I know I need to have a successful backcountry backpacking trip, and not worry about my veggies. I would modify my food plan and make my meal decisions well ahead of time, and commit them to a buddy. I would use past experience of what foods I like and how much fuel I need, and I’d include no-sugar no-flour foods like grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, etc. I would eat throughout the day whenever I get hungry, and I would enjoy a sane backpacking trip. When I got home I would resume my regular food plan and routine. The beauty of BLE is that you can do whatever you want, as long as you keep your bright lines, check your plan with your highest self, write it down the night before, and externalize it or commit it to someone else. That’s not any official advice, that’s just what I would personally do. Know thyself. Let me know what you decide to do and how it goes! <3

       
      • Katie – thank you so very much for your words of experience and wisdom!! Just what I’ve been looking for. That makes so much sense to me and I genuinely appreciate that you know what challenges a backpack trip presents. Thank you again!!

         
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  8. Love love love this! So very glad I found you! I think we are kindred spirits 🤗

     
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  10. Brenda Fitch

    Enjoyed your travel photos and food prep ! Looks like you have a pretty darn cool life! Thanks, Katie!

     

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