Camping is a great adventure, whether you are camping in cold or hot weather. The best tip is to be prepared for whatever weather conditions Mother Nature throws your way. When camping in cold weather, your main goal will be to stay warm. This can be accomplished by both your clothing and the food you eat. Planning your meals beforehand will allow you to incorporate foods that will leave you feeling warm, full and filled with energy. With a camping stove or grill, you should be able to prepare just about any type of food you want to eat.
Start your cold morning off by having something warm to drink. With a camp stove you'll be able to boil water to make coffee, hot chocolate or tea. This will perk you up for making breakfast. When living in cold outdoor conditions, cook something for breakfast that will be both warm and filling. Foods such as oatmeal, cream of wheat and grits are good choices. Jazz up your grits by throwing cheese, bacon or sausage into them. Breakfasts such as sausage gravy and biscuits or creamed chipped dry beef are also good choices that will warm you up.
Because dinner is usually the main meal of the day, you might want something a little lighter for lunch. Bring your favorite soups along on the trip. A nice steamy bowl of soup and a sandwich will not only warm you up, but will also keep you full until dinner. You still can cook the typical camp foods such as hot dogs or hamburgers, but add warm baked beans to go along with them. A hot bowl of chili will not only warm you up by its temperature, but the spices in it such as the red pepper and cayenne pepper will also do the trick. In colder temperatures where you're trying to stay warm, steer clear of cold or iced food.
Nighttime is usually the coldest time of day in the woods. You'll want to eat something that warms your body weather through its temperature or spices. Cook a beef stew, chili, macaroni and cheese, soup, beanie weenies or something spicy such as fajitas. The addition of peppers to your food will not only kick up the taste, but also make your body feel warmer. Think of comfort foods that leave you feeling full and satisfied, as well as warm, when planning your dinner menu. Finish off the evening with a warm cup of apple cider or Irish coffee.