RV Cooking: Eating Healthy In Your RV

At last! You’re on vacation – the RV road trip you’ve waited for forever. You’ve dreamed of the open flame, the coffee in the morning, and listening to the birds. And since you’re headed for Tyler, eating out means eating in your RV in the best RV park in Tyler, Texas.

After all, Tyler has everything you need, just in case of an emergency coffee run or for those supplies you forgot to include.

One of the most fun things about RV camping is deciding when you get up, go to bed, swim, and fish. And what you’re going to eat! 

You planned for everything else – packing the essentials, what local sites to see, maybe even a concert under the stars. But did you plan to stay healthy while on the road?

Here’s the thing: when you’re traveling, your eating habits can quickly go south. It’s like you’re on vacation, but your appetite isn’t. But it doesn’t have to be this way; eating in your RV in Tyler can be fun and healthy.

Planning For RV Cooking

Did you remember to pack foods that give you energy? Things that keep you satisfied but not sluggish?

We all like eating out, but eating out means eating in your RV when traveling. The main thing to remember is that you don’t have much space. Think tiny house. And that’s how you’ll need to pack.

Smaller RVs have small refrigerators with tiny freezers, and some only have microwave ovens. It’s hard to cook healthy food when tempted to nuke prepackaged meals. The good news is that many RV parks provide grills; a little planning can keep you on track. 

You’ll want to develop menus at home using non-perishables and stock those. The produce you throw into the refrigerator at home (onions, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, citrus) may not need to be chilled, which can save prime real estate in your fridge. 

Supplies Needed for Healthy Eating

You’ll need a few essential supplies for multiple uses to get ready for your adventure.

In addition to food, you’ll need the following:

  • Baggies
  • Cutting board
  • A pan for boiling
  • A pan for frying
  • Cooking spray
  • Filet knife if you plan on fishing

Of course, you can bring anything else you like, but these are the basics.

Healthy Breakfast the RV Cooking Way

What’s the point of mornings if you can’t have breakfast? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Hardboil some eggs. Now, because we’re doing heart-healthy, sorry, you can’t have as many eggs as you want. 
  • However, you can have several if you use one regular egg and remove the yolk out of the others. Then mash with a fork or cut. For flavor, use salsa or Picante sauce on the side.
  • Oatmeal packets. All you need is boiling water and a bit of honey.

Did Someone Say Lunch?

  • Hummus. Flavored with red peppers, garlic, or just plain; try serving with fresh-cut veggies. 
  • Wraps. If you’re counting carbs, try some flaxseed wraps or flatbreads. And because they are low in carbs, calories, and fats, go ahead; have two. Spread some hummus on a pita along with some peppers. And if you’re so inclined, add a bit of avocado.
  • Take turkey slices and roll sugar-free pickles and a piece of low-fat cheese inside. 
  • Leans and greens in a baggie: Clean all veggies before your road trip (cucumber, zucchini, green pepper, broccoli, radishes, grape tomatoes); it will make your life much easier. 
  • Divide your veggies out according to the number of salads you will need, and put them in ziploc bags. 
  • You can cut your lettuce just before lunch and add the veggies. Top off with a couple of slices of carving board chicken or carving board turkey, and voila, you’ve got a salad. 

Out To Dinner with RV Cooking

  • Beans. Black, either from a can or fresh. This dump soup will keep you full for hours, and it’s packed with protein. Here’s the easiest cowboy vegan chili ever, with plenty of fiber for your heart. Here’s what you do:
    • Add one or two cans of black beans and chicken broth (or a cube of chicken bouillon and water) to reach the consistency you like. While the beans are cooking, chop white onion and a stalk of celery – very fine.
    • Add a few tbsp of salsa or Picante sauce.
    • Add a scoop of low-fat sour cream for an extra treat, and serve with whole-grain pita chips.
  • Chicken Stir Fry. This one’s easy! Remember all those prepared veggies? You can use them in your stir-fry. Bring along some carving board chicken. 

Saute the veggies in about a tbsp of olive oil, fresh garlic, pepper, and Himalayan pink salt, and then remove them from the pan. Add the chicken and stir fry for a few moments to flavor, then add the veggies back into the dish. 

Note: you can prepare some rice at home and bring it in a baggie. For an added yum factor, sprinkle with lemon pepper while cooking.

Snack Attack

  • Yogurt blueberries. Roll fresh blueberries in low-fat yogurt, and place them on a small tray in the freezer. When frozen, put in a baggy. Use these as a quick pick-me-up when you need a treat. But remember that your freezer is small, so plan on only treating yourself to a few berries at a time.
  • Ditch the chips! Veggies, apples, oranges – all natural and all good for you. These are your “chip defense,” so make sure you bring enough to keep you from reaching for the junk food.
  • Bring some graham crackers and natural peanut butter if you need some grains.

RV Cooking: Dessert Please! 

There’s a campfire and an umbrella chair with your name on it. You can’t possibly watch the sun go down without a mouthful of roasted marshmallows now, can you? But wait. Don’t go overboard, and you’ll be fine. You’ve been good all day, so don’t blow it!

Woodland Creek RV Park: We Can Help with RV Cooking Tips

Summer is calling, and so is Woodland Creek RV Park. We offer beautiful sites and sceneries for the whole family. If you need help or suggestions, you can always ask the friendliest staff in the Tyler area.

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